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20Aug/140

#16 Matt McMurry IMSA Prototype Lites

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Driver: Matt McMurry
Series: IMSA
Class: L1 Prototype Lites
Location: Kansas City Speedway
Event: 2014 Kansas City Grand Prix

Mr. McMurry is the youngest driver in the history of this class; he's sixteen years old. My daughter was looking at her device until I pointed this out. Having someone so close to her in age racing, made it much more interesting for her.

It's astonishing how fast these folks can drive on a road course.

This version has the driver on the road; the other one was of the car in the garage.

Camera: Canon EOS 7D
Lens: Sigma 150-500mm

16Aug/140

TONY SCHUMACHER +300 MPH

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The 1/4 mile race lasted for three seconds, and the cars were going over 300 MPH at the trap.

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13Aug/140

Balloon Glow – Midwest Balloon Fest – Kansas City

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The 2014 U.S. Bank Midwest Balloon Fest

Camera: Canon EOS 7D
Lens: Sigma 18-250mm
Focal Length: 18mm
Shutter Speed: 1/30 sec s
Aperture: f/3.5
ISO: 2000
Taken: Aug 9, 2014

12Aug/140

My image was in the Colin Edwards Tribute

My image was in Yamaha's tribute to Colin Edwards.

Colin Edwards is one of my favorite motorcycle racers. It has to be hard for famous people to be always "on" for their fans, but the man took the time to shake my hand when I offered it.

Colin Edwards began racing at age 14, which is an old age for beginning world title holding road racers. He won the World Superbike Championship twice, and has been in MotoGP, at the highest level of Grand Prix racing, since 2003.

This is his last year, in MotoGP. Yamaha chose to honor his career at the Indy GP, by using one of my photos without asking permission. You can see "Paul Danger Kile", "All Rights Reserved", and part of this website URL in the video. I stopped putting those words on my images, because I think that it junks them up, but now this.

This site was once a Motorcycle Racing News site. Most of those posts are gone, but I kept this one, because of the image. Plus Colin Edwards rocks.

 My image was in the Colin Edwards Tribute

Collin Edwards II and his children threw t-shirts at the 2008 Indianapolis MotoGP. This is one of the things that Edwards does for fans.

 

7Aug/140

#52 Jason DeForrest NHRA Super Stock

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Driver: #52 Jason DeForrest, Andover MN
Event: NHRA Kansas Nationals 2014
Car: 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier
Class: NHRA Super Sport GT/BA
Date: 2014-05-23

Camera: Canon EOS 7D
Lens: Sigma 150-500mm

88x31 #52 Jason DeForrest NHRA Super Stock
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7Aug/140

#65 Lamont Harris IMSA Prototype Lites

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Driver: Lamont Harris
Series: IMSA
Class: L1 Prototype Lites
Location: Kansas City Speedway
Event: 2014 Kansas City Grand Prix

Canon EOS 7D
Aperture: 16
Shutter Speed: 1/320
ISO: 640
Focal Length: 403mm
Lens ID: Sigma 150-500mm

6Aug/140

#16 Matt McMurry IMSA Prototype Lites

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Driver: Matt McMurry
Series: IMSA
Class: L1 Prototype Lites
Location: Kansas City Speedway
Event: 2014 Kansas City Grand Prix

Matt McMurry is the youngest driver in the history of this series. He is 16.

Canon EOS Rebel SL1
Aperture: 3.5
Date/Time Created : 2014:06:07 01:14:04
Shutter Speed: 1/250
Field Of View: 64.5 deg
Focal Length: 18.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 28.5 mm)
Lens ID: Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM

6Aug/140

New Hampshire is not a Zero Tax Success

NH Tax Facts:

Replacing state income tax, with state property tax, taxes workers less, and property owners more. I thought it was great to live in New Hampshire. I've lived in eight different states. The New Hampshire Seacoast, and Northwest Arkansas, were my favorite places to live. NH is the model that libertarians are hoping-for (just not in tax ways).

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1Aug/140

My MINI

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This is my favorite car.

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Camera: Canon EOS REBEL SL1
Focal Length: 50mm
Shutter Speed: 1/500 s
Aperture: f/5
ISO/Film: 100
Lens: Sigma 18-250mm

1Aug/140

My MINI

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This is my favorite car.

You can see flowers reflected in the hatch's paint.

Why do people blur licence plates? Anytime, anyone, drives anywhere, people can read them.

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Camera: Canon EOS REBEL SL1
Focal Length: 18mm
Shutter Speed: 1/320 s
Aperture: f/4
ISO/Film: 100
Lens: Sigma 18-250mm

31Jul/140

Yellow T-Bucket

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This car appears to have a Model-T truck body in front, and a Model-A coupe trunk in back. Interesting.

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30Jul/140

Rabbit

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29Jul/140

What DPI? 75? 240? 300?

gs_970's Quote:

(from these comments)

Over time, my own personal story behind the story on print resolution is this. Print resolution controls how close you can get your face to the paper. Or... don't wring your hands so much over having enough pixels to meet the dimensions you want, you can always step back a couple of inches.

Short Answer:

PPI (DPI) isn't used.

Longer Answer:

The image prints at whatever density that I ask the printer to use. The value is irrelevant, because it's an attribute of the display-or-print device, it is not an attribute of the JPEG. It's stored in the JPEG, but it's irrelevant to it, or any other rasterized image: BMP, TIFF. etc.

The PPI setting only changes characters that stored in the EXIF. It doesn't change the structure of the JPEG. The JPEG's size is dependent on the user's screen. Each pixel in the JPEG is usually one pixel on the device, but software can scale the image too.

So I ask myself, "Paul, why do you keep changing '240' to '300' if that doesn't do much?" It's just a weird obsessive habit on my part.

Practical Answer:

Here is a cropped screenshot if Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5's Print Module (below).

  1. The image was set to 240 PPI when it was saved.
  2. Lightroom pre-populated the Print Module's PPI field with "240".
  3. I highlighted the field, and typed "300". This did not change the image-file in any way.
  4. Lightroom will ask my printer to print the image at 300 PPI instead of 240 PPI.

print module What DPI? 75? 240? 300?

28Jul/140

Your Greatest Dreams Are…

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25Jul/140

Any camera can be used to make excellent pictures?

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Polaroid Automatic Land Camera 420

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The Conventional Wisdom of Photographers says that, "Any camera can be used to make excellent pictures."

My first thought was: Instagram seems to bear this out.

My second thought was: yes, you can use any camera to photograph a wonderful still life, but for motorsports? You might need something faster than the Polaroid Land Camera that we all love.

I chose the Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR, which takes 8 images per second Any camera can be used to make excellent pictures? for my racing photos. That was The World's Fastest DSLR for Under $1,000 USD at the time. The fastest Canon DSLR? That's  the Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR, which can take 12-14 images per second, but the EOS-1D X costs close to $6,799 USD.

These two are my favorite lenses for motorsports, and they are also  available for Nikon, Sigma,  Pentax, and Sony DSLRs:

My walking-around-camera? That's The World's Smallest DSLR, the Canon EOS Rebel SL1. It can easily fit in my jeans pocket without a lens attached, and it can almost, but not quite, fit in my jeans pocket with Canon's EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens (around $199 USD) attached. Still, it's very easy to carry around with either that 40mm pancake, or with Canon's EF 50mm f/1.8 II "Nifty 50" lens.

Why is it called a "Nifty 50"? It's a 50mm prime f/1.8 for around $125 USD, which is a bargain considering that Canon's 50mm f/1.4 prime costs close to $399 USD, and Canon's 50mm f/1.2 prime costs close to $1,619 USD.

Any other lenses? Why yes, I love my Samyang/Rokinon 8mm F/3.5 Diagonal Fisheye Lens. It's available for Canon, Nikon, Nikon AE, Olympus, Pentax, Sony alpha, and Sony NEX mounts.

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24Jul/140

Gershwin Tells A Story

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23Jul/140

On Free Images

I haven’t been able to make money by making images. I can’t keep up with the business side of things for same reasons that I can’t ride-or-drive on a racetrack. Also: if it’s a choice between tires, and photos, the racer is usually going to choose the tires. That’s OK.

I’d love to get paid, but I really want to make things, because doing-so makes me feel good. Making things, and helping others, gives life meaning.

So why do I post links to products on Redbubble.com and 500px? So far, it’s because I don't want to upset the pro photographers that get mad when someone gives an image away.

I came from the software development world where people legally share programs that took thousands of hours to create. Much of the software that runs entire industries is built using APIs that are free (gratis and-or libre), or on Linux. Free software is integral to Java, C++, IOS, Android, OS X, and almost everything else out there. There’s even free software from Apple inside Android.

It wasn’t always like this. Companies believed that they needed to keep their software to themselves in order to retain a competitive advantage, and there was a strong prejudice against free software for many years. It was assumed to be inferior, because people said that, "You can’t get the best work for free," and it was thought of as unfair competition, but we now live in an age where even Microsoft supports Linux for its customers.

So why doesn’t this work for photography? I am not sure that it doesn’t. Photographers often use other people’s images, and videos, on their websites. They only do this when they are allowed-to, but this isn’t substantially different than what happens in the software world; it’s just on a smaller scale.

Trey Ratcliff, and others, have been successful, in part, because they do share their photos. Trey writes about this in Go Ahead, Steal This Photo and Make Prints.  "Steal" is a euphemism; Trey’s photos are licensed under Creative Commons Noncommercial, which is very similar to some free software licenses.

Here’s the thing: for the most part, people don’t buy images, because they want to support photography. Publishers buy images, because they want to produce great magazines. Wedding photos are purchased, because people want a great wedding. Advertisers hire photographers, because they want to make great ads. These are the people that pay.

There are a small percentage of people that make it big by purely making art, but most of us don’t expect to be paid for doing something fun, whether that’s skiing, surfing, musicianship, or taking photos.

22Jul/140

#598 MCRA Motorcycle Track Day at Heartland Park Topeka

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21Jul/140

Luck Shooting? Not the answer you expect from me

Luck shooting is when one takes many pictures in hopes that some will be good. Some of the photographers out on the interwebs like to complain about beginners that do this, as if these beginners would gain the ability to determine what's good, before they have the experience to do so, if only they would behave like "real" photographers.

Dealing with too many images is extremely time-consuming. People figure that out immediately. That person that appears to be luck shooting is simply someone who has not-yet developed their ability to previsualize. If they could do that, then of course they would take less photos, dealing with lots of images always has a cost associated with it.

20Jul/140

#1 (#31) MCRA Motorcycle Track Day at Heartland Park Topeka

IMG 7092 2 512x341 #1 (#31) MCRA Motorcycle Track Day at Heartland Park Topeka
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07-12-2014

#1 (#31)
Suzuki Motorcycle

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