Long Beach Grand Prix 2011 Fridays event

long beach grand prix friday 2011

Long Beach Grand Prix 2011 Friday’s event

Like I mentioned earlier this week about how I won tickets to the Long Beach Grand Prix, today I spent a few hours enjoying this loud and fast paced event.

There were no races scheduled for today, only practice runs. The event takes place on the streets of Long Beach (they close them off to the public) and the course is lined with wired fence, several layers of cement blocks and rubber tires to protect the spectators from any mishap.

Because of the wired fence, it’s actually difficult to get a clear photo of a car, unless of course you pay the $300 Super Photo Pass, which gives you access to several unobstructed areas. No thanks, the $300 bucks are still in my pocket, so I went ala cheap and found some open spots. In the photo above, if you click to enlarge you can see the heat rising from the rear of the car, the engines on these cars are powerful!

I’ll be there again tomorrow, so you might see another photo from the LBGP.

Photo above was taken with a Nikon D7000 and a Nikon 80-200mm 2.8D ED AF lens. Camera settings, ISO 200, 1/2000 sec, f/5 and a focal length of 200mm (focal length in 35mm film is 300mm).

Ramon Ambriz

Ramon has been an avid photographer for over 20 years. He runs and contributes to several photography sites including OCSurfPix.com,  Coolest-Travel-Pictures and OCPix. His main expertise is in advertising and online marketing but photography has always remained a top priority.

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
TwitterFacebookGoogle Plus

  • Julio Gorgé

    So I guess that means you are allowed to bring a DSLR with you to the grandstands without fear of being kicked out or denied entry? I’ve a regular ticket for this year’s race (this weekend) and I’m not sure if I’d be allowed with any camera bigger than a point and shoot.

    • RayAdmin

      I just got back from today’s Long Beach Grand Prix, I had a general admission ticket and like last year, I had the Nikon D7000 and a Nikon 80-200mm 2.8D ED AF lens I mentioned above. Plus, I took a smaller second lens a large external flash and on my belt I had a Canon G12. I’m not sure about the reserved seating on the grandstands, but in the grandstands for general admission each year I have no problems. Plus there are hundreds of people out with DSLR. I would assume the 2.8 300mm and up lens where you would have a problem, but not from security, but with the weight. If you take one of those, you might as well buy the $200+ Photo pass which will give you access to premium spots.

      • Julio Gorgé

        Thanks a lot for clarifying that for me! I will be bringing my D7000 then :).

A sample text widget

Etiam pulvinar consectetur dolor sed malesuada. Ut convallis euismod dolor nec pretium. Nunc ut tristique massa.

Nam sodales mi vitae dolor ullamcorper et vulputate enim accumsan. Morbi orci magna, tincidunt vitae molestie nec, molestie at mi. Nulla nulla lorem, suscipit in posuere in, interdum non magna.