Daytona racing

In the Shadows of Speed

So you might be wondering about the curious title of this post, and why the images included don’t convey motion or speed. Here’s the short answer: the photos are of the International Speedway Corporation™ headquarters in Daytona Beach, Florida.

I mentioned in an earlier post that I was late getting to the beach the day I drove over to photograph the sunrise because a building had caught my eye en route. This is that building. These are the shots I captured when the sun was just peeking over the horizon through the heavy cloud cover that day.

The two images were caught about 5 minutes apart at a slightly different angle. I bracketed the shots, varying each by one to two stops, and decided in the end to create two HDR composite images from the various exposures. I like the mood and tones doing so added to the result. You can see that I did not choose to exploit the opportunity to make these images excessively surrealistic, as is so often done with HDR. It is a bit more telling in the second image, due to the increased contrast between light and dark among the sky and clouds.

Nikon D300, ISO 200, f/27 at varied times from 4 - 10 seconds, 29 mm

Nikon D300, ISO 200, f/27 at varied times from 4 – 10 seconds, 29 mm

Nikon D300, ISO 200, f/27 at varied times from 4 - 10 seconds, 29 mm

Nikon D300, ISO 200, f/27 at varied times from 4 – 10 seconds, 29 mm

I hope you like the images.

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