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Front engined Top Fuel dragster wide open throttle at 250 mph.

Front engined Top Fuel dragster wide open throttle at 250 mph.
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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken at a drag race known as the Bakersfield March Meet at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Famoso, California in March of 2016
Time
This photo was taken at mid-day on an overcast day
Lighting
No control over the lighting. Car is traveling north to south, so if there was no overcast, sun would have been almost directly overhead.
Equipment
Nikon D7100 w/Nikon 200-500/F5.6 on a Manfrotto monopod.
Inspiration
I love taking these photos because when the car is on a good run, at full throttle the heat waves from the exhaust create the shower glass effect seen in the background here.
Editing
Nothing more than a simple adjustment in levels.
In my camera bag
At the time I carried 2 Nikon D7100s (one now replaced by a D500), Nikon 10.5mm fisheye, Nikon 18-140, Nikon 80-200, Nikon 200-500 and Nikon SB-910 flash.
Feedback
This is a shot that most photographers can't get access to. As credentialed media, I was granted access, but even then it is very limited. The dragster is traveling at approximately 240 mph at this point and the element of danger is always present.

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