Illustration for article titled Photos: WIA FEC IMSA at Circuit of the Americas

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If you made it this far down in my post, congrats. Hope you enjoyed the photos. This was my 2nd year to walk around COTA at the WEC/IMSA/ALMS races and photograph everything I possibly could. The Circuit of the Americas facility offers great places to capture great racing moments before, during, and after the races. If you own a DSLR, but do not own a "fast" lens capable of low-light photography, it is well worth renting a lens for the occasion. I picked up a used 300mm f/2.8L Canon lens just prior the race last year, fully expecting to sell it after the race. I was so impressed with the fast auto-focus and sharpness that I decided to hang onto the lens.
If you are unfamiliar with how to use your camera, I advise learning the effects of aperture, shutter speed, ISO settings, and focus modes. Throughout the race, especially in the evening, I was approached by a number of people equipped with DSLR cameras, who didn't know what settings to utilize. The beauty of Flickr is you can see the camera settings used (if the Flickr account holder allows for the EXIF data to be visible, which I do). This can give you an idea of what settings to go with. If your DSLR is lacking in the ability to reach those high ISO numbers, consider renting a higher performance DSLR.

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