Go Go Speed Racer!

Here is a new personal work project I’ve been working on shooting drag racers.

Like most guys,  I have always liked going to the races.   The only thing better than going to the races as a spectator is getting credentials to shoot them.   I have had the good fortune to shoot many races over the years.    From Formula One,  to assignments from Dodge to shoot the Nascar races at Homestead Motor Speedway & Daytona, to projects for Bloomberg Markets shooting events where the a private luxury car club rents an airstrip for the day to race a multitude of ultra high end supercars at speeds of well over 200 mph.

Of all that I have shot,  nothing trumps the thrill of drag racing.   The sound of the engines roaring as the cars speed down the track.    The smell and sight of the smoke of the burning rubber as they do their burn outs.   It is thrilling.     These guys are fearless.     From the souped up street cars rocking 800 horsepower knocking out 10 second 1/4 miles,  to the top fueled dragsters with up to almost 8,000 horsepower that go from 0 to over 300 mph in less than 4 seconds.   Many equate it to the forces you’d feel taking off in the space shuttle as it puts 5 to 6 times the G forces on you as you rocket down the race track.   They are the fastest accelerating land vehicles on the planet.

I love getting out and shooting all this.     As you kneel down next to them when they do their burnouts you can feel the sound waves pounding you like someone beating you repeatedly really fast with large heavy pillows.   It shakes the ground under you and were it not for the ear muffs, would permanently damage your hearing.  It’s unnerving and super exciting all at the same time.    These are just a few images from part one of an at least 3 part series of shoots.   We have both still and video shoots planned at the Top Fuel NHRA races in Charlotte Motor Speedway in March and the IHRA Nitro drag series in April here in West Palm.

To see more of my work go to the Speed Racer section on my site @       http://www.petebarrett.com/Personal-Work/Speed-Racer/1 or follow me on Instagram   @PeteBarrettPhoto   and stay tuned for more exciting stuff in the coming months!

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Summer again….

Well it’s nearing the end of summer again and once again we found ourselves in Maine.    The place where we go every year for a few months to get away from the heat of Florida…  It’s an amazing place where time seems to stand still and memories last a lifetime.   Last year was the first year that my son Jordan first started to “get it” and really start to be able to appreciate all the wonderful things about my home town of Belgrade Lakes.    This year was even better than last.    Countless hours spent on the lakes, hiking on mountain trails,  boating, swimming, camping, fishing and catching everything from crabs to frogs to mud puppies.    Here are just a few photos of Jordan doing the things that all little boys love to do in Maine on their summer breaks.

 

 

 

 

Nostalgia from FoundXposed.

I seem to be on a roll lately.   The folks at Foundfolios just featured some of my personal work from this summer in their email promo today.

It’s always nice when people take notice of your work want to show it.   While our advertising venues are paid to promote us as photographers,  it is especially nice when they go the extra step and show your work in their own promotions which are over and above the ad space that we pay for.    Much like the AtEdge email ad from my last post,   these dual purpose campaigns do a lot to promote the brand of the sourcebook as well as push the individual photographers in a value added service that they provide their photographers.      Thanks guys!

Belgrade Reads – Pro Bono Project

One of the projects we kept busy with while in Maine this summer was to work on a Pro Bono community service project for the Belgrade Public Library.    This was part of an ongoing campaign call “Belgrade Reads”  where we shoot various people from town reading in varied environments.   Posters are created with the images and placed around town to raise awareness and get people to use the library.     Response has been strong,  library use is way up and they are plans are in the works to build a new larger library.

Here are 3 of the images shot this summer.

 

Fine Art- Summer in Maine

Just returned from an amazing trip to Maine for the summer.   In addition to spending much needed downtime bonding with the family,  I spent a great deal of time shooting for the books and shooting personal work for fine art projects.   Here is one of the first shots from a series of fine art prints.    I will post more as I finish them.

Greetings from Cape Town, South Africa!

Well our travels have brought us to Cape Town,  South Africa.    If you have never been here,  I highly recommend it.   What an amazing place!    Wonderful people and the scenery is absolutely amazing!     Traveling all around for the last week shooting landscape backgrounds which will end up being part of more complex composites.    Also doing some really neat fine art images with the iPhone.   Will post images as I can.  For now here are some iPhone photos.

 

 

 

Yee Old Guys Part 2.


Spent a couple days shooting at the South Florida Renaissance Festival last weekend. If you’ve never experienced one before, I highly recommend going. These people are a trip. They are all “Good day to you, my lord & Me lady….” It is great how the stay and live in character throughout the festival. Tons of fun! Here is the first series of images from our our first day’s shoot.