Once again I made the trek out to Denver Colorado to shoot the NHRA race at Bandimere Speedway with my friend and fellow photographer Mark Rebilas to cover his various clients. Bandimere is a great track to shoot at as you get a night session for Friday’s qualifying (which equals flames!), and the stands are always packed with fans. Bandimere also has a special place in my heart as it was the first time I caught a Funny Car exploding and the car body flying off into the air.

Check out the blog from two years ago of John Force’s body flying off here.

NHRA races are always a lot of fun because you are forced to think differently to get some new or unique angles. There are only so many ways to shoot a drag car going straight down the track so it’s your responsibility to go outside the box for your clients. Here are some of my favorite photos from the weekend, I hope you enjoy them as much as I did taking them.

Lets get right to my favorite time to shoot drag racing, night time. During the day you feel just how much horsepower these vehicles have, but at night you get another sense by seeing the huge flames they spit out when they get on the gas.

With the threat of showers that never came we were lucky enough to get some nice cloud cover and beautiful skies so I tried to make sure I captured it.

Remember to think differently, here are a few different angles at night. Even being in the same spot but using different lenses will give you a completely different view point.

Canon 17-40mm F4L

Canon 300mm F2.8L

I also brought out the pole came for this race. By just mounting the camera on a monopod with a wide angle you get a slightly different perspective then by just holding it eye level.

On a monopod.

Held eye level.

Gripping the raw power to the tires.

I really love shooting the driver in their cockpits before they go on their run. They are always super focused.

Thanks for checking out this blog and series of images, as I write this I’m sitting in the airport heading to Seattle for the next NHRA race so stay tuned!