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« on: April 19, 2019, 07:09:06 pm »

Here’s a link to ALL my photos from the weekend: https://www.kendenton.com/cota2019

Had another great time at COTA this year, despite Saturday starting with some terrible weather.  Was at the track all 3 days, most of the good photos are from Friday and Saturday where I spent the time wandering around my favorite spots.  Race day I pretty much stuck to my seat in the Turn 15 grandstand – a great spot to watch the race from but few options for decent photos.

This was the first time shooting motorsports with my new Fuji mirrorless outfit - I've always been a Nikon shooter until now.  The Fuji X-T2 and (rented) 100-400 lens was around 1/2 the weight of last year's Nikon rig, and my back was thanking me.  It's not *quite* as good an action shooter as the Nikon D500 was, but it's good enough.








Aleix losing track of where his foot should go







There were from one of the best photo spots at COTA for non-credentialed shooters, the fence gap at T7.   Problem is it’s only about a 4x4 foot area you can stand in and you have to be at just the right height to go above one fence and below another, and shoot between the heads of the corner workers.  Usually 5 or 6 other photographers trying to fit in the same spot.


Wildflowers all over the track this year


Great panning opportunities along the esses of T3-6.  Low percentage of keepers at this slow a shutter speed, but results worth the effort.


First time Husqvarna was there


Every other year this spot on the Red Bull bridge was not covered and usually jammed with photographers


Nicky Hayden tribute was back on the lawn this year


My seat for the races at Turn 15.  Nice to have no one in front of me!





Turn 15






Can get some good panning shots from my seat of the short straight after T15








Austin Speed Shop held another Kevin Schwantz Soiree this year






AF1 dealership threw a great party with free beer and an open workshop to check out
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« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2019, 07:09:40 pm »


Saturday morning the gates were delayed opening because of a storm in the area.  Used the time to work on photos from Friday




Had just gotten in to the track and weather emergency was declared and told to seek shelter.  About 5 minutes later we were made to move from under the bridge to seek better shelter.


Hid out in here during the storm


After the storm







Wet track at the esses





Some great BBQ at City Market in Luling
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On the short straight after T15, from my seat


After the morning warmup they do a “Riders Parade Lap”


BMW M5 Safety Car was hauling ass around the circuit




Some Moto2 Race action


A little busy before MotoGP race


Getting ready!


A selfie?  Really?




Vale off to a good start


Some MotoGP race action


The place erupted when Marquez crashed out.  Some MM fans actually left the stands, but most folks were ecstatic that someone else might win for once in Austin.


So close, but Vale would never close that gap


Alex’s victory lap


Vale was pretty pleased


“Hmm, #43 seems to be harder on his rear tire than the other riders…”


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« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2019, 08:09:36 pm »

Great pictures.
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« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2019, 08:06:46 am »

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« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2019, 01:48:42 pm »

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« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2019, 07:42:43 pm »

Fantastic shots, thanks for sharing.
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