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First Race Under the Lights


This is a series from the NASCAR race here in Atlanta over our Labor Day weekend.
It was the first time in the Atlanta Motor Speedway's 49-year history that a race was held at night.
(Gotta have a t-shirt for everything immediately, if not sooner!)

Pep Boys Auto 500 Sprint Cup
September 6, 2009

7:30 - 11:30 p.m.


First Race Under the Lights


This is a series from the NASCAR race here in Atlanta over our Labor Day weekend.
It was the first time in the Atlanta Motor Speedway's 49-year history that a race was held at night.
(Gotta have a t-shirt for everything immediately, if not sooner!)

Pep Boys Auto 500 Sprint Cup
September 6, 2009

7:30 - 11:30 p.m.


comments (41)

  • johnnyg
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Sep 2009, 00:31
my kinda tshrt grin
Ginnie Hart: HA! A memento, Johnny. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 23 Sep 2009, 00:35
Love this study in tshirt art, Ginnie.

I find it hard to imagine how one could sit for hours and watch the continual blur of loud vehicles going round and round.
Ginnie Hart: T-shirt art is such a big thing here in the States, Ray, as you probably know. Everyone tries to out-do each other. When you can buy a shirt before the show starts, put it on and wear it, that's really something!

I'm with you on watching the blur! We stayed for only the first 2 hours during which I watched more people than cars! smile
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 23 Sep 2009, 00:47
i like all the tshirts lol guess they are really into that stuff... and i like your processing, this is how i'm trying to process my photos, with a nice warm cast.. i'm not doing as good as you are!
Ginnie Hart: I think they say imitation is the best form of flattery, Elaine, so I'm humbled. Thank you.
Give my regards to Manny, Moe, and Jack... smile
Ginnie Hart: I knew someone would recognize the Pep Boys, Larry. grin
  • Alan Rolfe
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 23 Sep 2009, 02:10
To me, this is more interesting than the cars! Interesting to see how people dress for the occasion. Well seen, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: T-shirt weather and t-shirt venue, Alan, absolutely! The people were definitely more interesting than the race itself! smile
  • Alan Rolfe
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 23 Sep 2009, 02:13
Meant to ask; did you survive the rain, Ginnie? I could a few moments on the Weather Channel Sunday eve and it looks grim.
Ginnie Hart: We have had rain of historic proportions here in Atlanta, Alan. 8 have died from the flooding thus far. No one has ever seen anything like it...because normally we have drought conditions. My g'son's school was closed the last 2 days. I think it's been declared a Federal disaster area. I personally am okay but so many others are not. Today we had sun almost all day but they predict more rain by the weekend.

Thanks for asking!
Cool looking t-shirts, amazing the details they can create these days on a shirt. Another amazing thing is the price tag. However, it's still hard not to buy one when you are at some great event. Excellent shot Ginnie, really like your usual great clarity and framing.
Ginnie Hart: My ex-partner bought a t-shirt for herself and for me when we went to concerts/events. In the process of moving now, I was able to sell almost all of mine on eBay, John. I didn't make what they cost but since I didn't buy them, I made some good money for me. smile Thanks.
  • MARIANA
  • United States
  • 23 Sep 2009, 03:35
STUNNER !!!!! I love this processing . Ok, everybody loves t-shirts , I love this hat !
Super, super shot !
Ginnie Hart: T-shirts do come in handy, Mariana, and have become a way of life for young and old alike here in the States. Thanks a million.
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 23 Sep 2009, 05:10
They look like die hard fans !
Ginnie Hart: They definitely were, Sidney, without a doubt!
  • Astrid
  • almost moving...........
  • 23 Sep 2009, 05:30
People watching people that is the most exciting thing and the T-shirts they wear are art-pieces, love them.
I remember once I was at the Ajax Amsterdam Stadium, watching soccer, there was a blond lady with big boops.....wearing a t-shirt with the text : 'THIS......and BRAINS too'...gringrin
Lieve schat, you master this kind of pictures so well, they are spot on sharp, it is if I am there in the 'stands' next to you enjoying the crowd, the noise and the smell of burnning rubber......
Thanks for sharing this event with us.
Ginnie Hart: You WERE there in the stands with me, MLMA, and I know you heard me jabbering to you the entire evening (in spite of the noise!). Some t-shirts, like the one you described, are so creative and clever. You can't help bu smile! grin Bedankt.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 23 Sep 2009, 05:45
I think you'll find the Netherlands a bit different to this Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: ...and without complaints from me, Chris!!!! smile
  • SAVO
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 23 Sep 2009, 06:39
Elaborate text and printing on these shirts smile love the pp
Ginnie Hart: Yes, SAVO. They become mementos that keep on giving! smile Thanks.
I think NASCAR is only slightly less tedious than Formula 1. They do good tee shirts thoughgrin
Ginnie Hart: Formula 1 is a bit more hoity-toity, Bill, from what I've heard! I 'spect it's beneath them to sell t-shirts??? Maybe not. smile
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 23 Sep 2009, 08:04
Good one
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Vintage.
I like the different types of head gear.
Ginnie Hart: I didn't even notice it, Wim, till afterwards. Just shows to go ya how you can concentrate on one thing and totally miss another. smile Thanks.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Sep 2009, 08:59
Obviously hard core fans Ginnie - not for me. I have trouble sitting for 10 minutes let alone two hours!
Ginnie Hart: Can you imagine sitting there for FOUR hours, Mike. I'm guessing most of them did...since they were there for that final lap! We watched the end on TV after we got home, just to see who won!
I think if you buy promotional/advertising teashirts from a company then they should pay you for doing their advertising ... Ha!

I agree with Bill on Formula One.

richard
Ginnie Hart: You definitely have a good point, Richard. Hmmmm. I can just see it now.

Actually, you reminded me of something that happened to me recently: In the process of my move to the Netherlands, and getting rid of all my stuff, I had to move several pieces of heirloom furniture from Atlanta to my sister in Michigan. I used a company about which I was very happy and wrote a blog about the experience on my other site. The company actually Googled themselves and found my post. Out of appreciation for my "commercial," they sent me a box of advertising goodies, among which was a t-shirt promoting themselves. smile
http://ginniehart.blogspot.com/2009/08/abf-u-pack-moving.html
  • Brian
  • Melbourne
  • 23 Sep 2009, 10:05
I watched alittel on TV heer and tried to see you int he crowd - sorry didn't smile

Next time can you wave?
Ginnie Hart: HA! Next time I will definitely wave, Brian! If you were looking at the flag-waver, I was in the stands a bit to the right of him and not too far up. grin
Te ha quedado espectacular con este tono que le has dado, me gusta muchos Ginnie! Saludos
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, MA. Muchas gracias!
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Sep 2009, 10:13
This is a completely new experience for me Ginnie - a closed world! I agree with most of the comments - the T shirts would be more interesting to look at than the 'sport'. Give me people-watching any day!
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: In this case, Ingrid, I totally agree. Actually, I have always said that if I want to watch a game, it's better to watch it on TV where you can get close-ups and replays. But every once in awhile it's fun to get the ethos and camaraderie of the stadium, which can't be beat. That's when you people watch, for sure! smile
  • Oscar
  • France/Spain
  • 23 Sep 2009, 11:02
Hi Ginnie
I like the tone of your photos, these colors give a lot of passion
Ginnie Hart: Merci y Muchas gracias, Oscar. smile
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 23 Sep 2009, 11:56
Watching the crowd of people is often more fun than the race after a while smile
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Frida. Just thinking of all those laps in 4 hours drove me crazy. After 2 hours we left and didn't regret it at it. It was the experience of the place that was the "point" for us. Besides, the tickets were free for me, so I didn't have to worry. smile Thanks.
What no French Maids. Good one TD.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Not in THIS image, Mick. One will pop up later, trust me. grin Thanks.
  • navin
  • India
  • 23 Sep 2009, 12:47
Very nice shot Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Navin.
Well seen at the track Ginnie...Just as interesting as the race itself.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Ron...if not MORE so! smile Thanks.
Nothing like advertising you hobby.
Ginnie Hart: Have you ever seen a Canon or Nikon t-shirt, Chad? Hmmmm. Someone could come up with a winner, perhaps!
  • rian
  • United States
  • 23 Sep 2009, 13:22
well, that's one fine t-shirt for this event.. smile nice shot! smile
Ginnie Hart: I'm guessing he couldn't get it on fast enough, Rian. This was shot before the race began! smile Thanks.
As a motor sport enthusiast Ginnie, two wheels preferable to four, in my case, I must admit that your oval racing, of any sort doesn't do a lot for me. You have some great road circuits in the USA and I do enjoy seeing those on our TV. Anyway, in this case you took the right picture IMHO, excellent stuff.
Ginnie Hart: It would definitely be much more appealing to me if the race went through the mountains somewhere, Brian...but then you couldn't sit in the stands and watch it. You'd have to watch on TV...unless you wanted to wave for those few seconds when they flew past your spot alongside the road! smile Yes, the people-watching was much more interesting!
  • P.J.
  • United States
  • 23 Sep 2009, 19:07
I like it... different perspective from a race. I've wanted to shoot auto racing for a while but never go. One of these years I'll get to Watkins Glen for NASCAR or IRL!
Ginnie Hart: To me the cars racing around the track were a bit ho-hum, P.J. The people were so much more interesting! smile Thanks. Hope you can go some day!
As always, you've found a different point of interest at a big event, and you've captured it beautifully. I love the color tones.Looking forward to the next in the series!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Patrushka. People are almost always more interesting than cars. grin
  • martie
  • United States
  • 23 Sep 2009, 20:09
I think you've captured the mood of anticipation in this one! Nicely done and I love the tones of brown.
Ginnie Hart: And this was before the race started, Martie. smile Everyone was getting settled in. Thanks.
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 23 Sep 2009, 20:21
that has got to be exciting for the city.
Ginnie Hart: It probably adds more money to the city than all other sports combined, Maria, and that totally shocked me!
  • david
  • Coumbus, Ohio
  • 23 Sep 2009, 23:48
oh, gosh, a nice shot but it loaded super sloooooooooooooooooooooow today!
Ginnie Hart: UGH! I don't think John has figured out what's wrong yet, David. I'm so sorry. sad You should get stars in your crown for all your patience! Thank you.
Looks like those people are ready to see 500 LAPS!!!
Ginnie Hart: Yup, settling in for the long haul, Brian! smile
  • Andy
  • USA
  • 24 Sep 2009, 00:07
Really nice processing here! You can tell the event your at without even seeing the track!
Ginnie Hart: You're right, Andy, which is part of what's so fun about sporting events! Thanks.
  • Alex
  • Spain
  • 24 Sep 2009, 07:14
Wow!!! Esasa carreras tienes que ser espectaculares, por eso hay tanta aficion, buen tratamiento.
Saludos.
Ginnie Hart: It was more fun watching the people than the race, Alex, but I'm glad I got to see the cars race around the track. smile Gracias.
I like your approach to the race Ginnie.
Just looking at those T-shirts I can hear the cars noise!
Ginnie Hart: HA! The t-shirts can sometimes tell the whole story, Richard. smile Merci.
La imagen tiene un tratamiento excelente.

Saludos
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Bernardo. Muchas gracias.
Wonderful study - I love tee shirts. Maybe all you shutterchance photogs should make up your own design.

I notice Ray finds it hard to imagine sitting for hours, watching a continual blur of vehicles going round and round... Me, too. It's like sitting for hours watching news/political shows on tv, with the arguments going round and round. Both, stultifying ;-)

Always love seeing your new photos!
Ginnie Hart: Now that's an idea, Linda...coming up with a SC t-shirt! I'm not sure I've ever seen any kind of photography t-shirt. Hmmm. Would there be a market for it, I wonder?? Since I carry a Canon with me almost all the time, I can just see having a t-shirt that says "My other camera is a Nikon!" grin

Thank you for your kind support. That means a lot!
I think it's often more fun watching the people than the game smile
Ginnie Hart: Absolutely, Pernilla. It sounds like most of us agree! smile
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 28 Sep 2009, 05:47
Manny Moe and Jack are everywhere - good old American classics they are! Well done, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: You're so right, Kay! Thanks.

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