I used to shoot drags with

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I used to shoot drags with still cameras until a blower explosion caused the car to dissentigrate while coming directly toward me. When I shot a race with video, I chose to shoot from close to the start line. ( self preservation!) This angle allows you start with a wide shot of the two cars, then follow with a continuous and steady zoom until the timing towers are framed left and right. The viewer will get to see the cars close up at the start line, so don’t try to stay too tight on the cars at the finish- the times are more important.
I have a couple of drag shots on my web site, but is for a burnout video. You will see my angle at the start line. I wasn’t shooting for any timing for these. http://www.kbvp.com/node/102

Keith Breazeal/Flight Video Magazine

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