18 APR 09
On Day 108, my family went to the NHRA Southern Nationals at the Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, GA. It was my first time at an NHRA-sanctioned race, and let me tell you, it was LOUD. Loud, but very cool.
After the Top Fuel qualifiers, we got up to stretch our legs and took a walk through the pits. We saw a bunch of cars, a bunch of crews working on those cars, and a couple of drivers. This particular funny car is driven by Tony Pedregon. We stood and watched his crew work on the car a few minutes -- until they all began to don gas masks. At that point, we put our earplugs in and started backing way.
This photo was the only one I was able to grab after they fired the engine up. Just that couple seconds to hit the shutter, then I had to go. The fumes were killing me.
Personally, I love the capture of the smoke in the air and the tire in motion.
Post-processing: noise reduction, sharpening, curves adjustment.