Covering Talladega is like a box a chocolates, you never know what you are going to get. As stated in an earlier post patience is the key for a moment like this. You have to be ready to press the button at any second and this whole sequence of photos only took 4 seconds. Several photographers around me didn’t get the shot because their cameras were down by their side and you can’t react quick enough. The key lesson to learn is photography is not a reaction it is a readiness for something to happen. You have to anticipate the moment before and then record it. On the last lap at Talladega anything can happen and usually does, so anticipating a close ending can result in many things from a clean pass to win, a block to hold onto the win, or as in this case a wreck for the history books. Plan and you will get the shot no matter what the outcome will be.
The spring race had a nice surprise on the last lap as Flippin Carl Edwards flipped through the tri-oval. This weekends race should even be more exciting with the just a few races left in the championship. I shot more pictures in the last 10 minutes of that race than I did in the first 180 laps. Patience is the lesson to learn, you can’t force a photograph you just have to be ready to capture the moment when it happens. Study your subject and anticipate when and where you need to be. Preparation is a key to catching the moment. Know you subject and put yourself in the right positions.