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Clipsal 500 2006

March 23rd - March 26th, 2006
Please select a gallery page. This page also includes production notes.

Page 01 Almost Clipsal 500: Randomness before & after the event
Page 02 In the air
Page 03 In the air
Page 04 In the air
Page 05 Around the track: Spectator appeciation
Page 06 Around the track: Spectator appeciation
Page 07 Girls of the Clipsal 500, pt 1: "Bartercard Miss V8" pre-competition shoot
Page 08 Girls of the Clipsal 500, pt 1: More Bartercard Miss V8 entrants
Page 09 Girls of the Clipsal 500, pt 1: More Bartercard Miss V8 entrants
Page 10 Girls of the Clipsal 500, pt 1: More Bartercard Miss V8 entrants
Page 11 Around the track: A little bit of greenery scenery
Page 12 Around the track: A little bit of machinery scenery
Page 13 Around the track: A little bit of machinery scenery
Page 14 Girls of the Clipsal 500, pt 2: The Bartercard Miss V8 competition begins!
Page 15 Girls of the Clipsal 500, pt 2: Bartercard Miss V8 competition
Page 16 Girls of the Clipsal 500, pt 2: Bartercard Miss V8 competition
Page 17 Girls of the Clipsal 500, pt 2: Bartercard Miss V8 competition
Page 18 Girls of the Clipsal 500, pt 2: Bartercard Miss V8 entrant, Eliza Miller
Page 19 Girls of the Clipsal 500, pt 2: More local Bartercard Miss V8 entrants
Page 20 Girls of the Clipsal 500, pt 2: Bartercard Miss V8 entrant, Leakhena Yoeun
Page 21 Girls of the Clipsal 500, pt 2: More local Bartercard Miss V8 entrants
Page 22 Girls of the Clipsal 500, pt 2: More local Bartercard Miss V8 entrants
Page 23 Girls of the Clipsal 500, pt 2: More local Bartercard Miss V8 entrants
Page 24 Girls of the Clipsal 500, pt 2: The Bartercard Miss V8 comp draws to a close...
Page 25 Girls of the Clipsal 500, pt 2: The Bartercard Miss V8 comp draws to a close...
Page 26 On the track: The supporting classes
Page 27 On the track: The supporting classes
Page 28 On the track: The supporting classes
Page 29 Girls of the Clipsal 500, pt 3: "Bodz & Babz swimwear parade"
Page 30 Girls of the Clipsal 500, pt 3: More models
Page 31 Girls of the Clipsal 500, pt 3: More models
Page 32 Girls of the Clipsal 500, pt 3: More models
Page 33 Girls of the Clipsal 500, pt 3: More models
Page 34 Girls of the Clipsal 500, pt 3: Still more models
Page 35 Girls of the Clipsal 500, pt 3: Still more models
Page 36 Girls of the Clipsal 500, pt 3: Still more models
Page 37 Girls of the Clipsal 500, pt 3: You'll probably get tired of this soon...
Page 38 Girls of the Clipsal 500, pt 3: Even more models
Page 39 Girls of the Clipsal 500, pt 3: Even more models
Page 40 Girls of the Clipsal 500, pt 3: But then again, perhaps not...
Page 41 Girls of the Clipsal 500, pt 3: Even more models
Page 42 Girls of the Clipsal 500, pt 3: I doubt people even read these captions...
Page 43 Girls of the Clipsal 500, pt 3: Because it detracts from all the girls in bikinis...
Page 44 Girls of the Clipsal 500, pt 3: Even more models
Page 45 Girls of the Clipsal 500, pt 3: Even more models
Page 46 Girls of the Clipsal 500, pt 3: Last page of swimwear models, sorry folks...
Page 47 Around the track: Outside the Bahrain cultural exchange tent
Page 48 Around the track: Outside the Bahrain cultural exchange tent
Page 49 Around the track: Inside the Bahrain cultural exchange tent
Page 50 Around the track: Inside the Bahrain cultural exchange tent
Page 51 Around the track: Inside the Bahrain cultural exchange tent
Page 52 Girls of the Clipsal 500, pt 4: The official Clipsal 500 grid girls
Page 53 Girls of the Clipsal 500, pt 4: More Clipsal 500 grid girls
Page 54 Girls of the Clipsal 500, pt 4: Fujitsu grid girls/roamers
Page 55 Girls of the Clipsal 500, pt 4: More Clipsal 500 grid girls
Page 56 Girls of the Clipsal 500, pt 4: More Clipsal 500 grid girls
Page 57 Girls of the Clipsal 500, pt 4: More Clipsal 500 grid girls
Page 58 Girls of the Clipsal 500, pt 4: Even more Clipsal 500 grid girls
Page 59 Girls of the Clipsal 500, pt 4: Even more Clipsal 500 grid girls
Page 60 Girls of the Clipsal 500, pt 4: Even more Clipsal 500 grid girls
Page 61 Girls of the Clipsal 500, pt 4: Even more Clipsal 500 grid girls
Page 62 On the track
Page 63 On the track: V8s in action
Page 64 On the track: In the pits
Page 65 On the track: In the pits
Page 66 On the track: V8s & the fans

Gallery Notes

Project information

  • Timeframe:
    March 23rd - March 26th, 2006
  • Dataset:
    1100+ photos across the 4-day event; my work folder for this gallery is over 20gb.
  • Workflow:
    Canon EOS 20D (shoot) -> Capture One Pro (process) -> Fireworks (resize/crop)
     
    All photos appearing in this gallery have not been post-processed in any way (resizing for the website and minor cropping aside...), apart from the following exceptions:
    • Two photos from the Bahrain tent (194 & 204) had some manual HDR adjustments in Fireworks due to extreme light & shadow contrasts.
    • A handful of Clipsal grid girl photos have been "selectively censored".
      See if you can find them all... :)
  • Attribution:
    Where possible I have tried to caption my Bartercard Miss V8 photos with the names of the entrants. Through my research the names I have so far are: Laura Bakalas, Sara Bingapore, Leticia Clemow, Riana Crehan, Mia Gaile Cairnes, Jamie Galley, Florencia Liguori, Nancy Melito, Eliza Miller, Alison Oetjen, Lisa Schoenau, Lauren Wallace & Leakhena Yoeun.
     
    If you participated in this year's Bartercard competition or appear elsewhere in this gallery and would like your name up here (so people can Google you :), please let me know and I'll sort it out for you...
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Production notes


Page 01:
My previous Clipsal galleries have always had their fair share of abstract photos, and this year is no different. I thought I'd start off this year's gallery with some photos that technically shouldn't be here in this gallery — these photos were taken either on my way to or as I was leaving the event.

I guess the first photo here is an example of ninja photography, which was something that was easy to do with my old über-compact Optio S, but it's terribly hard to be subtle with such a big camera like the 20D.

While sitting on the bus (on my way to the track), camera in my lap, I see this girl opposite me and see a cool photo opportunity. Camera still in lap, I blindly had to guess and set up the zoom, focus and angle of the camera, trying to frame and shoot a photo between moving passengers & the constant rumble of the bus. "Shooting from the hip", literally.

The last two shots on this page are of some cute dogs who were just casually sitting in the back of a ute parked in Wakefield Street. I spotted them as I was leaving town for the day...

Page 07:
This Bartercard Miss V8 "glamour shoot" is traditionally done after the competition takes place but this year the catwalk/runway component was postponed a day due to extreme heat, so this was the first chance I actually had to see this year's entrants.

This shoot was held in the V8 paddocks, a restricted area behind the pits. Unfortunately I only caught the last half of the shoot, but it was still a good sneak-peek preview of what to expect when the competition began later that day...

Page 14:
Based on the feedback I received from last year's Clipsal gallery, it would seem like a lot of people enjoyed the Bartercard Miss V8 photos where local ladies compete to become a representative for our state. Although the rescheduling got in my way, I tried to get a front-row-centre spot for the show, and I did exactly that. The things I do for my loyal Pants visitors!

Because of the comments I heard last year, this gallery contains photos of all 25 entrants so you can choose your own favourite fairly. There are some entrants with more photos than others in the gallery, but it's my damn website so I'm allowed to put some bias on things... :)

For what it's worth, my two favourite entrants would have to be Florencia Liguori and Leakhena Yoeun (who also entered last year — she was my favourite in '05 too!), with Eliza Miller getting an honorable mention as well. All three looked stunningly beautiful, presented themselves well, and it was clear they were having a fun time at the event...

Page 26:
This year I didn't get to see much of the supporting classes like the Carrera Cup, Lotus Trophy or Formula Ford races this year. The main reason for this was schedule changes and the fact I spent a lot more time in the V8 paddocks.

Learning from my experiences in 2005, I did have some sort of plan in my head before going to this year's event. This plan was based on the pre-event schedules and regarded what sort of stuff I should shoot on what days to maximise my coverage on everything for the site.

What I discovered this year that I will apply to my 2007 strategy is that rescheduling (like the Bartercard comp postponement) can happen and I should always have a backup plan so I won't be stuck with full CF cards before it's even midday!

Page 29:
No big surprise but the swimwear parade photos were another set that seemed to be popular with Pants visitors last year. I tried to capture the action from a couple of different angles so I hope someone out there appreciates it...

There were a few models from last year's parade who were back again this year, but there were also some new faces to keep things interesting too.

There were plenty of familiar faces in the crowd as well — I bumped into a few people who've been to my website before, and there were a couple of guys who talked to me last year about my camera gear who I saw again... Even many of the performers from the Bahrain tent nearby seemed to 'migrate' over to the runway whenever the shows were about to start!

Page 47:
In 2005, the V8 Supercar series featured a round held in Shanghai, China for the first time. In 2006, the only overseas host (excluding round 2 in New Zealand) will be the Middle Eastern island nation of Bahrain.

Some Bahraini representatives set up what I would call a "cultural area" right behind the pit straight stands (to promote interest for their race), which means I passed by them everytime I left my seat. This area was a very smallish tent with several large Persian rugs out the front. At most times during the day, there were performers on the outside rugs playing traditional music from Bahrain. I could often hear the drums from my seat in the stands nearby, and it was pretty cool...

It was only on the final race day that I found time to check inside the tent, and I was really surprised. The tent looked so small on the outside but it felt so different from the inside, and also very insulated from the noise & crowds everywhere else around the circuit. Quite relaxing, even.

This tent was actually one of my top highlights from this year's event, because of the mood it set and also from a photographic perspective. The tent was very dimly lit, so there were many special considerations I had to take with my shots in there. Prior to this I had practically zero low-light shooting experience with my new camera, but as it happens the photos mostly turned out great!

Page 52:
Ahh yes, the Clipsal grid girls...
In last year's gallery, there weren't too many photos of the 2005 grid girls, infact there was only one photo that ended up on my site. This year is very different — the grid girls get far better representation this year because they were of far better quality this year compared to last year.

Back in March I spewed a mini-rant about one particular 2006 grid girl however, which seems to be supported by comments on the forum and even by other spectators around the track. Because I feel that one particular person was not suitable for the event, you'll find a bit of mosaic work in the gallery if you keep an eye out for it... Muahahar. :)

I should clarify that I don't have a problem with any of the other grid girls that I met, infact there were several stand-out grid girls that were extremely pleasant & polite to me everytime we crossed paths. Just like my favourite Bartercard girls, these ladies were enjoying themselves...

Page 62:
Photographing the V8s themselves is always a troubling task for me... My allocated seat at Clipsal (along pit straight) is very ideal for spectating the race (shade cover at the right time of the day, big screen TV, easy access to the fashion catwalk :), but it doesn't allow for a lot of variety in photos.

Drivers can enter the pits, or someone might spin out exiting the hairpin to the straight (rare), but aside from that you'll just collect hundreds of shots of cars going fast in a straight line.

This year I tried shooting the practice & warmup sessions around different parts of the track for some variety. The tactic sort of worked but the schedule shuffling caught me off-guard and affected things, so there's definitely room for improvement next year...