MPACT is the largest BMW show on the east coast, a place where you can not only show your car, but race it. Taking place at Pocono raceway, it’s a great environment to take pics because of all the exciting stuff happening around you. How often do you get to roam freely in the pits of a racetrack? Below are some highlights from last year, how what I was thinking for each shot. It rained…a lot.
My favorite shot
Last year, it not only rained at MPACT, it down poured. Luckily, the garages provided enough shelter for everyone. Aiming out from the garage door, I figured, that by getting low, I could get the rain drops falling as I looked upon a particularly colorful lineup of AutoCouture M3s. The cloudy sky also helps with the mood. This remains not only one of my favorite MPACT shots, but of all my work. Camera settings:
- Camera: Nikon D5200
- Lens: 16-80mm Nikon Nikor lens
- Focal length: 32mm
- Exposure: 1/25
- ISO: 100
- Aperture: f/8
Nothing crazy in post here, just basic color correction and some added contrast.
BMW of North America had a presence at MPACT, and I was able to snap a few shot of the cars on display at their booth. When they needed assets for an email blast to recap the show, some of my stills were used in the design. The sky was a consistent help all day, providing a dark mood and adding lots of drama. Camera settings:
- Focal length: 25mm
- Exposure: 1/50
- ISO: 100
- Aperture: f/8
It isn’t just BMW
There were Audis, Supras (isn’t one at every show?), 911s, and GT-Rs galore to join in on the fun. I took some time to snap individual cars that came across as unique.
Get the people
A show this big, with this much action, can provide cool scenes for crowds as well. Whether in the grand stands, garages, or driving, how people interact with the cars around them can make for interesting shots.
Part of the charm of this show is that you get to race your car on the track, and that means a great opportunity to capture some motion. Remember to keep the camera steady, and follow the tips from a previous post.
I’ll be at the event this year in my Machines with Souls shirt, so look for me! I might just grab a shot of your ride.
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