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05/18/2005 01:10:33 PM · #1
you can read all about it here

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05/18/2005 01:17:08 PM · #2
fantastic! What a great story and experience!

And kudos to Jason too for all his great advice!
05/18/2005 01:28:15 PM · #3
Skip, I'm serious, you should think about supplementing your budding photography business with writing too.

I have absolutely zero interest in NASCAR but I was riveted by your account. Well written with great structure, great building of excitement and just the right detail!

AND I'm thrilled for you too!

Great pictures too!
05/18/2005 01:28:23 PM · #4
Fine, fine story Skip! It brings back memories of when I got tabbed to shoot the SD Chargers for a season back in the Don Coryell/Dan Fouts days. It turned into two seasons, and was one of the fun highlights of my career. The mental process I went through in the beginning was JUST like the one you describe, including the need to overcome self-doubt brought on by the "arsenals" the big guys and their assitants were lugging around...

Thanks for this terrific post!

R.
05/18/2005 01:29:36 PM · #5
Not a huge Nascar fan. my hubby is, but that is a great story and love your pics.

Teresa
05/18/2005 01:37:46 PM · #6
I see a 1D II in your future! Congrats!
05/18/2005 01:42:34 PM · #7
Ya know Skip, I rarely have time to sit down and EVER read anything this lengthy, web or otherwise, but you sir, managed to put together a wonderful account of your experiences here, and give you a standing ovation for taking the time to put this together and share it with us.

Thank You.

Message edited by author 2005-05-18 13:43:02.
05/18/2005 01:42:48 PM · #8
Thanks for sharing your story. A very interesting read, and I think we can all apply it to whatever events we'd love to have the "inside scoop" on!
05/18/2005 01:59:30 PM · #9
Your energy, enthusiasm and positive energy always amaze me Skip. Great work. So, do you type 80 wpm as another talent, too? lol
05/18/2005 02:09:35 PM · #10
thank you i enjoyed reading that
05/18/2005 02:20:49 PM · #11
First off, congrats to you Skip, heartfelt.

And secondly, before I had finished reading your post, I had decided to suggest that you try to publish this story! You are indeed a gifted writer as well as photographer. Might your weekly newspaper be interested? Or what about a photo mag? It's that good IMO.
When I finished reading your post, though, I saw that others had already recognized how good it is and made "my" suggestions. Well then, just let me second all the others' sentiments. Best of luck, my friend - as if you need it. You've made your own luck, and deserve every bit of future success you may enjoy. And you're right, that pit shot really is THE shot. Great job.

Message edited by author 2005-05-18 14:21:10.
05/18/2005 02:29:28 PM · #12
amazing. If you can do that good on your first weekend, I can't imagine whats next. I had a chance a few months ago to take my camera to pit road for a busch race, It was SO awesome. I totally ate up your story. I thought it would be so neat to try it from the press angle.

brian
05/18/2005 02:30:50 PM · #13
Awesome stuff Skip! Can't wait to see where it leads ya. :)
05/18/2005 02:47:35 PM · #14
Thanks for posting...great account and great photos!
05/18/2005 02:57:39 PM · #15
I told you, "Big Time". I wasn't joking. :-) Excellent little diddy you have here skip. Enjoyed the read immensely!! Ya know, they have a race or two here in Atlanta ..... ;-)
05/18/2005 04:46:04 PM · #16
What a great read. It's very well written, the one thing that I can't really do.

I'm glad you had a blast and most importantly, that you got your shots. As long as you can fullfill what your editor wants, you have a great chance of shooting it again.

Great job!
05/18/2005 05:04:38 PM · #17
I think anytime someone posts a note on the forums asking, "How do I get myself published?" Or, "How do I market myself?" they should read this story. You've done a great job of taking a Picture of the Day award and parlaying it into a rewarding job!

Your experience reminds me a lot of my own work at Steelers games, especially while worrying about having inadequate equipment, etc.!

Congrats on your success here -- I'm sure it'll continue to lead to more exciting experiences for you!
05/18/2005 06:30:55 PM · #18
Wow. Just wow. I am so happy for you Skip.
05/18/2005 06:41:33 PM · #19
Great post! gonna mark this one so I can refer to it whenever I need to. Thanks for all the info you laid out for us as I hope to be able to do this type of work in the future. Great pics as well.
05/18/2005 07:14:53 PM · #20
Aren't you just a lucky guy... :) great story great pictures...
It's wondeful your description of things you almost made me feel like i was there with you... Great way you have to tell things...
Congrats on this you achieve and very well deserved... Good luck in the future...
I had a blast going throught what you wrote... just keep on the good work.
If you continue like that i n no time you will have a new camera and a bag full of L lens...
05/18/2005 08:25:24 PM · #21
well the two of you're photographic adventures i've read are both stupendous !

Message edited by author 2005-05-18 20:25:41.
05/18/2005 09:26:55 PM · #22
Great story and photos, Skip!
05/18/2005 10:08:02 PM · #23
ahh! I just read your entire post! Even I became excited as you led up to your "Number 9 Dodge Shot." As always, superb shooting supplemented by a nice (and informative) story.

Thanks for sharing!
05/18/2005 11:48:48 PM · #24
Felt like I was right there with you. Keep honing the skillsets, not bad to be a storyteller and a photographer. Thanks for the entertaining post.
05/19/2005 02:24:13 AM · #25
Hey skip great yarn ! I have had a media pass at a Drag Racing\Speedway complex for the last 5 seasons and had forgotten just how lucky I am.
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