Oldies may never get old

A Toyota Corolla from the 80's giving it hell during the Legend Boucles de Bastogne, a historic-cars rally in Belgium...
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A Toyota Corolla from the 80's giving it hell during the Legend Boucles de Bastogne, a historic-cars rally in Belgium
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Behind The Lens

I took this photo during the Legend Boucles de Bastogne. A pre-season historic cars race that gathers not only the best of the best of Belgium's drivers pushing old cars to their limits, but some international drivers coming there to challenge the famous event.
It was mid-morning. I arrived pretty early on the stage to find a really good place to scoot around and have a good range of images. As I try to get many different images as possible and get a good variety of visuals, I happen to generally arrive early on the sages. This time made no exception. At 7 in the morning, the way-below-zero temperatures made it hard for the drivers to keep the cars on tracks and for us to get our fingers warm enough to press the shutter. This picture was taken around 10.30 in the morning.
The winter light was so dim that day that it never really went past this cold and hardly luminous constant light. Poor skylight plus thick woods gave me to opportunity to contrast the images a lot.
The camera I use is a good old Canon 550D reflex body, that always got me where I want to go. The lens is a Sigma 70-200 non-stabilized, which is quite a good and quite fast lens, that adds charism to the image... but it seriously lacks... stabilization. Anyways, it has that vignetting that might repel some, but it does the thing for me since I like natural soft vignetting in low-keys.
I always liked motion blurs, but never gave it a shot. This was supposed to be a tryout, and I tried to figure out how to make it a bit more interesting. So I tried to play with deep depth-of-field to play with the different composition planes and their different scrolling speeds from a single point of view when panning. I wanted to make the front-trees to play a role in contrast between the horizontal motion of the camera movement and the vertical composition of the trees to increase the feeling of speed.
I never post-process a lot. I add a bit of basic contrast, I brighten a bit the brights, I darken a bit the darks, level the blacks and the whites to not clip them out, but this is generally and basically it.
In my camera bag
In my bag, I usually have two Canon 550D, a sigma 70-200mm f2.8, a sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4, and a Canon 50mm f1.8 that I barely use. I also have a Yongnuo YN550 remote flash. Nothing fancy here...
This particular photo was made by slowing the shutter a bit, to get the motion blur on, but not too much to keep a clean image. Use a stabilized lens to keep even cleaner images (which I didn't do, obviously). The "shifted" effect there is due to the actual cut in light made by the trees in the foreground, so position yourself with a forest or a small wood between you and the movement (I was about 30m from the road, in the woods, the trees about right aside of the road at about 2 to 3 meters from it)

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