The Baja 500 is another race that is a favorite to shoot every year. The Baja 1000 from a racers perspective is the race to win each year, but from a photographers point of view, I like covering the 500 a lot more. The reason is that on a point to point peninsula run it is very hard to catch the racers in more then one spot unless you’re only following one team. Even then the majority of the race is during the night where you need time to set up lights.

With the Baja 500 being a lap race, with proper logistics you can catch most of the cars in two spots and still have plenty of daylight to shoot. Drivers need to prerun the course, and media has to do the same. Do your homework and you can get rewarded with some great spots, its not enough to just own good photography equipment, what makes good offroad photos is the time you put in to where you’re going to shoot.

Before raceday the Trophy Trucks and Class 1 cars qualified to settle their starting position. In years past it has been held out near Ojos but SCORE changed things up for 2015 and held it out in Uruapan near a vineyard. It was a nice change of pace as its always fun to shoot somewhere different.

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With the help of some racers and fellow media dorks we heard about some silt in the early part of the race that could get bad race day and cause a potential logjam. By taking the time the day before we were able to find a small access road only a few hundred feet from the silt that would otherwise of been a half hour walk in a remote part of the course and add over an hour to our drive time. The quicker it takes you to get to a spot the more you can shoot there before you have to leave. If you know me I love shooting in silt and this spot turned out to be very dynamic for photos including a few stuck vehicles.

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I was able to stay at the silt till after the lead 10 cars went by and then it was back in the 4Runner to head over to the coast side and catch the leaders at the beach section. I’ve been going to Baja for about 10 years now but I had never shot the coast side so this year I was excited to shoot something different. I shot in the area where Jesse Jones had his famous dip in the water, and it was a good spot because there was a lot of different perspectives you could shoot. My goal was to get some scenic shots to contrast the photos from earlier in the day at the silt.

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