Sunday, July 22, 2007

Indy Lights Race

Taken several years back at the California Speedway in Fontana, this was one of my earliest motor sports images. Each of the cars are doing more than 200mph. The three cars that are diagonally lined up are all going the same speed but you can clearly see the distortion which is because of the different distances that each car is from the camera.
Notice that the near car is compressed a bit and the wheels appear vertical oval because it is closer to the camera. The middle car's wheels are round because this was my measured distance from the track to the camera. The far car is a bit stretched and the wheels appear horizontally oval, because it is further from the camera.
Even though they are all going the same speed...that's the effect of the camera if the distance is a little further away or a little closer to the camera.

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