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kenneth barton PRO 5:51pm, 9 July 2008
I know a few of you are into racing so here is a set of race car shots I just loaded. I took them way back in 1986! Thinking about this fact makes me feel old, but hey, what are you going to do?

-ken

www.flickr.com/photos/kennethbartonmotorsport/sets/721576...
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coupeowner 10 years ago
Wow, thanks for sharing these! To think, I was a senior in high school just a couple hours away at the time. Looking at the glasses, clothing, and colors really takes me back. Very cool shots. How did you get that kind of access?
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kenneth barton PRO 10 years ago
Coupeowner,

I was (and am) a member of the SCCA.

-ken
pdxblazer503 10 years ago
man 1986? are you sure it is 1986? Can not believe it, that's last century
LOL !
thinkable straw [deleted] 10 years ago
Nice, those are some great shots there ken!
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kenneth barton PRO 10 years ago
Last night I started loading yet another set which I'll try to finish over the next few days. Same year - 1986, same cars - IMSA Camel GT, but different track - Sears Point. I think I intercepted the IMSA Camel GT at Riverside and Portland that year too. I'll load some more races onto that site in August I guess.

-ken
GeoFX Posted 10 years ago. Edited by GeoFX (member) 10 years ago
1986? I was a freshman in high school. Only know little things about SLR. ^_^ I am curious what gears were you using? Great shots you got there.
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kenneth barton PRO 10 years ago
GeoFX,

I started shooting race cars from the first time I drove myself (and some friends) to the IMSA Camel GT event at Laguna Seca in May of 1984. Being born in November of 1964, I would have been 20 years old. If you were a freshman in highschool, you must be about 38 (give or take) now.

Anyway, I may eventually post shots from 1984 too, but they suck as I didn't fully understand what I was doing. By 1986 I was able to get a pretty decent shot here or there, and by 1987 I was pretty much shotting like a pro, or at least I like to think so.

I went through a lot of cameras in those days as my career in photography lasted from 1985 through 1990. While I couldn't tell you precisely what I used for the 1986 shots I posted, they were probably shot with a Nikon F3 and some big lenses Nikon sometimes loaned me as I couldn't afford to buy them.

I started out with three Pentax ME/ME Super bodies though. Around 1987 I developed a good relationship with the west coast Olympus representative and he would loan me the big lenses Olympus was promoting at the time. Consequently I shot a lot with OM-4 bodies which I prefered to the F3 because it was smaller, lighter, and had more advanced features.

That all changed when the F4 came out and Olympus abandoned the professionals, but by then I was giving up photography as a career (too little money, too much pressure to perform in arena I wanted to enjoy).

I still find myself remembering all kinds of facts about 1980's gear, but have not kept up since, which is why I might seem ignorant compared to many of you concerning the current gear. I know how to run my Canon D30, and a few of the key features of Photoshop and that's about it.

That's why I'm looking forward to the Workflow Dinner on August 16th. All my knowledge of Sinar and Hasselblad cameras (which I also used) and Bronolor strobes and Sekonic meters matters little now, and I've likely forgotten a lot of it anyway.

That's way too much information I know, but Im in a mood just now.

It's about a year ago that I started shooting a lot, and the PDX Strobist is one of the main factors that's kind of sent me into hyperdrive.

-ken
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