Jun
24
1:00 am01:00

SpeedSF Thunderhill West

still uploading, if your folder is empty, check later. 

https://billwangphotos.smugmug.com/Track-Photos/2017-06-24-SpeedSF-THW

 

May
22
10:30 pm22:30

SpeedSF Sonoma

Link to Photos

Cars with same number are in same folder, if you don't see your car on the cover, still click the number that was on your car. 

Photos with logo are free/sponsored by SpeedSF.  I apologize for the delay in posting and the quantity of photos is about half of a normal event. One of my lens probably needs service because the focus seems off for many photos. For those many reasons, I'm giving a deep discount for anyone interested in no-logo photos. You can only purchase Gallery download only for this event, you'll see why...

There are a lot of porche and couple others i could not identify due to angle or no number in front, so check the no tag folder. 

Look! Free Tires!

Good to see some people are taking advantage of the Federal tire sponsorship. If you enter the SpeedSF challenge, run Federal tires with stickers at certain locations and win in your group (with at least 4 competitors?), you'll get free tires! This is the first event where people have won free Federal tires.

 

 

Apr
15
Apr 16

SpeedSF/USTCC Laguna Seca

I have combined both Saturday and Sunday photos in same folder. 

https://billwangphotos.smugmug.com/Track-Photos/2017-04-2223

Cars with same number are in same folder, if you don't see your car on the cover, still click the number that was on your car. 

Photos with logo are sponsored by SpeedSF, to get photos without logo, digital downloads are $20 for single, or $40 for the whole folder. All prints are shipped without logos. 

There's also about 100+ photos i could not identify due to angle or no number in front, so check the no tag folder. 

#34-44, #87-98 are still uploading, should be done by 6ishPM. 

No USTCC photos yet, probably next week. I will be away for the next 6 days. 

 

 

SpeedSF Sonoma
Apr
8
6:30 am06:30

SpeedSF Sonoma

Saturday Photos here

Sunday photos

#92-100, your photos are still uploading as of 6:44AM, should be another hour or so.

Went up the tower during speedSF challenge and took this at start/finish. had to constantly remind myself to get closer to the edge but don't drop the camera...

SpeedSF Laguna Seca
Feb
20
11:30 am11:30

SpeedSF Laguna Seca

Awesome event with SpeedSF as usual. The rain adds a new element in planning for the shot. I end up picking the straight uphill after turn 6 because you are going full throttle up against the rain and has a nice rooster tail. Here's something I tried from farthest to closest panning shot in the rain. 

Inside corkscrew is another good place to capture the effects of the rain, but, understandably, most people are more cautious and don't drive too close to the berm. 

SpeedSF Laguna Seca
Jan
15
10:00 pm22:00

SpeedSF Laguna Seca

Click here for photos

Photos are free with logo, right click save. You can also purchase photos without logo by clicking on the green "buy" button.

There are lots of back shots and straight front shots where your car number is difficult to see. If you can't find your photo, look in the "invisible tag" folder. There are still about 8 folders uploading right now, if there's a folder with your number but no photos, it's still uploading, may take a few more hours. 

Here's a new angle on turn 3 that I have never shot before. Only shot it with Group A this time. 

Dec
18
8:30 am08:30

SpeedSF Thunderhill East

Thanks to SpeedSF and their sponsors for another great event. Haven't been to Thunderhill East for a long time. It's great to see more events at Thunderhill East next year!

Click here for photos

Photos are free with logo, right click save. You can also purchase photos without logo by clicking on the green "buy" button. If you can't find your photo, look in the "no tag" folder. 

 

SpeedSF Sonoma
Nov
5
Nov 6

SpeedSF Sonoma

Lots of photos and lots of people show up for this weekend. 

If you were there both days, Saturday and Sunday photos are shot at different locations. Link is at bottom.


Sunday:
Turn 10
Turn 8 outside
Turn 6 entering and exit inside

Saturday: 
Turn 8 inside
Turn 6 outside
Turn 2 outside


I was on vacation in most of October before this event. Still a bit jet lagged, everything still feels a bit foreign as I walked to the first location. That feeling went away quickly as I started shooting.

 Found a new place to shoot on Sunday. Turn 6 inside, it's great for panning. Probably half of the people got a good panning shot. Not this slanted though, I must be losing balance as I was taking this. You can crop/rotate your photo if you want it like this. 

Panning at turn 6: 1/40

Also did panning at turn 2 for experiment. Going up hill.

1/60

I have shot turn 8 both inside and outside. If you compare the photos, I think shooting from outside makes the track look more intense, showing more S. 

There is another good location for turn 8. You can take this without photographer access. It is at the spectator's seat around turn 9, with a long lens (300mm+) you can get something like this. 

Lastly, a shout out to this guy driving his RV during the parade lap. Look closer, he's even wearing a helmet. 

Get your photos here. Photos with logo are free to download. Right click save. 
You can also purchase all photos without logo with gallery download. 

Let me know if you want to purchase photos for both days. I can send you a discount code. 

Saturday photos

Sunday photos

Sep
26
9:30 am09:30

SpeedSF Laguna Seca

All photos are here, group by car numbers. 

Photos are free with Logo, right click save. You can also purchase logo free photos from the link. Click on the green buy button. 

Your car may not be on the gallery cover if multiple cars have the same number. Like folder for "11" has 6 different cars in it. 

Check "no tag" folder if you can't find your car. Also check it if you only have numbers on the sides. Some front or back shots are not tagged if I can't see your number. 

 

 

SpeedSF Streets of Willows
Aug
20
12:00 pm12:00

SpeedSF Streets of Willows

First SpeedSF night event! It was pretty cool, got lots of glowing rotors and a few light trails. All photos are uploaded at link below. Photos are free with logo, just right click save. If you want to purchase full resolution without logo, single photo download is $20. I didn't bother tagging this time, majority of the photos are at night. If you want to purchase than one photo, send me an email with links to all the photos you want. 

Click here for all photos. 

What's better than a glowing rotor? How about two glowing rotors?

 

 

SpeedSF Laguna Seca
Aug
4
9:30 pm21:30

SpeedSF Laguna Seca

Photos click here!

SpeedSF provides photos with sponsor logos, free to download (right click save). You can also purchase them with out logos. Cars with same number will be in same folder, if you didn't have a number, or don't have numbers on all sides (including the rear), check the "no tag" folder. 

3 people missed out on a free track day! All registered drivers are automatically entered for the free raffle. You just have to show up to the SpeedSF challenge award ceremony to claim your free track day if your name is called! 

Got two people lifting a wheel, two people going off, a burp of flame in the exhaust from Gordon Pang's RX-8, a squirrel, and two shots that I like. 

going in to cork screw

Zooming out with 1/60 shutter speed at start/finish. A shooting tip learn from Trevor Ryan.

SpeedSF Thunderhill West
Jul
23
8:30 am08:30

SpeedSF Thunderhill West

Link at bottom of page, you are required to look at all the good shots we pick before getting to the link :D

Thanks for waiting patiently for the photos. I actually had two guest photographer came in to shoot. Standford Kwan was shooting in the morning, and Trevor Ryan was shooting in the afternoon. Setting up the photo folders with multiple watermark is a bit tricky so it took a bit more time. For people who regularly attend SpeedSF events, you're probably have enough my style of photos. So it's great to have a different perspective.

Here are their favorites that they capture in this event

Photo by Standford Kwan

Photo by Standford Kwan

Photo by Trevor Ryan

Photo by Trevor Ryan

The day was really hot. So hot that grass caught on fire for a short moment, and Thunderhill staff quickly put it out. I picked two locations and shot until 2PMish, there's a group of 86's who wanted to do group photos after the event, then Trevor and I also did rolling shots with them for fun. 

There are two locations where people hops, turn 3 and turn 5. And between me and Trevor we got both. 

Turn 3 by Trevor Ryan

Turn 5 by Bill Wang

That is how you go fast, or at least look fast. 

For the 86 group, here's your group photo and some really good rolling shots. 

For future SpeedSF events, if you have a group or want to do some rolling shots, let us know. We'll try our best to make it happen. 

Link to all folders here. 

Enjoy, be sure to check out Stanford and Trevor's photo folder also.  

SpeedSF event provides free photo with their logo. If you are posting on social media, please tag #speedsf. Photos without logos are available for purchase, click on the green buy button, you can purchase downloads, prints, and other stuff. 

Cars with same number are sometimes put in the same folder.  If you can't find yourself, check the untagg folder.

Jul
2
7:00 am07:00

SpeedSF Thunderhill West

A real professional, Andrew Bohan, made the shots at this SpeedSF event. I was unable to make it out there on short notice. Thanks to SpeedSF staff, they were able to get someone amazing to get you guys photos. 

Go to Bohan's link to get your photos!

http://andrewbohan.com/ssf-7-2-16/

I personally also follow his work at Lifeblaster. Met him couple times at Thunderdrift and 25 Hour Thunderhill. Saturday morning was the drop dead date to meet my commitments in my real day job (not photography). Maybe some day I can be a full time photographer and just go to track all the time and tell my wife that I'm really working!

SpeedSF Laguna Seca
Jun
14
10:00 am10:00

SpeedSF Laguna Seca

Cars with same number will be in the same folder, don't have time to separate them out. Photos with logo are free, just right click save. You can also purchase photos without logo with the buy button your photo gallery. Enjoy. 

Photos are here!

SpeedSF Laguna Seca
May
17
8:30 am08:30

SpeedSF Laguna Seca

Having track events on Tuesday doesn’t stop people from coming to SpeedSF event! Lots of NSXes this time, I wish I knew ahead of time because it would be a cool group rolling shot.

I have shot three sessions for all groups, if you can’t find your photos, check the untag folder. For group D, I’ve only shot at cork screw, the session after lunch. Photos with SpeedSF logo are free for personal use. You can purchase logo free digitals or prints at the link below.

Trevor Ryan joined me shooting photos this time, so check him out at this link. He should have photos posted soon after his finals. I first met him last Fall, and have followed his facebook post since. I have been shooting alone, figuring things out on my own for far too long. It’s really nice to have someone to talk to about photo stuff! And besides talking, hopefully you can see something new from the photos below.

Several new things this time:

1.       Shooting at new locations

2.       Long exposure

3.       More time spent on editing on a few photos below

4.       Since there will be multiple SpeedSF logo photos by different photographer, I finally spent the 30 minutes to work with smugmug on a proper resolution watermark.

Trevor showed me the technique people use to shoot drifters with very slow shutter. Aim at cars with the hotshot instead of looking through the viewfinder. When shutter opens , viewfinder blacks out. Those half second panning shot won’t work if I can’t keep the car in the same spot. So I played with this for a while and got something usable at 1/6 seconds shutter. Normally, I wouldn’t try anything lower than 1/40. So thanks Trevor, for pushing my limits.

I feel I have improved after just working with Trevor for one day. That is really cool, it doesn’t matter what skill level or experience, we can learn from each other and improve. If you are a photographer, hobbyist, enthusiast or a pro, come shoot with me at SpeedSF. I’ll bring media vest next time, you can stay in my garage if you live far. Message/email me. 

 

All Photos here.

If you want me to do some more edits on your photo, like the ones above, let me know. 

Don't forget to check out Trevor Ryan's website, he will post his photos later this week.

SpeedSF Sonoma
May
9
9:00 am09:00

SpeedSF Sonoma

There are probably 20 windows at turn 2. I've spent first couple hours shooting around there to find many different looks there. Even walking up the spectator seats, I find several good spots to shoot. These photos are straight from import, will edit later. 

Don showed me a picture at the start/finish line. I went all over the stand and couldn't find that specific angle. I've settled at this location and got this shot. 

After shooting there for two sessions, I realize that Don's photo was actually shot at the flagger's stand, the thing keeps ruining my shots. It was last session for everyone, I decided not to move because I would miss one of the session. 

Turn 3-4 is actually a good spot to catch people lifting wheels, I saw it couple times before I actually caught a Dan Avon. 

Also found this spot for back shot. 

If you want to check out some cool cars, look at number 242, 1, 151, and untag folder.

All photos are uploaded here 

 

SpeedSF Thunderhill West
Apr
17
1:30 pm13:30

SpeedSF Thunderhill West

Photo Link

Sorry for the delay, here are the photos. 

Photos are free with SpeedSF logo. Click on your photo for largest size, right click save-as. Gallery download without logo is $40, single download is $20. 

Cars with same number will be in same folder, so it may not be your car on the cover. 

Mar
26
Mar 27

SpeedSF Laguna Seca

Saturday Photos - just started uploading, may take up to 16 hours 10AM ish. Different cars with same number are all in same folder

Sunday Photos - all uploaded 

SpeedSF logo photos are free! Right-click save as. No logo single photo download is $20, gallery download (all photos). All prints come without logo. 

No time to write, heading to Phoenix Internation Raceway tomorrow for IndyCar!!!

SpeedSF Sonoma
Mar
13
11:00 am11:00

SpeedSF Sonoma

A full SpeedSF event even on this very rainy day. There were a lot of crazy things happening both with track events and my gears. Long story short, my camera stopped working after the award ceremony. I think I've got some cool shots to make it worth it.  

Photos are uploading right now, overnight here.

Photos are free with SpeedSF logo. Click on your photo for largest size, right click save-as. Gallery download without logo is $40, single download is $20. If your gallery has less than 10 photos and you want to buy gallery, send me a message on facebook/email, I'll give you a discount code. Sorry Group D, no start/finish photos for your group =\ 

My camera is working now (mostly) after baking for a little bit, then leave in seal box with rice. Thanks for all those suggested solutions and support on facebook :)

SpeedSF Thunderhill West
Mar
12
11:00 am11:00

SpeedSF Thunderhill West

Shooting ended pretty early this day due to rain keep hitting the front of my lens. I was wiping it every few shots, the wind was strong. I've got a few good shots of the drifters, will post later. Your photos see link below. 

Photo links here.

Photos are free with SpeedSF logo. Click on your photo for largest size, right click save-as. Gallery download without logo is $40, single download is $20. Since i took so little photo this time, Here's a discount code for this event only: THWrainrain

SpeedSF Thunderhill West
Feb
21
Feb 22

SpeedSF Thunderhill West

Thunderhill West turned amazingly scenic this weekend. With green hills, cherry/plum blossom and even white snow on distant mountain top, what a great weekend to do track day with SpeedSF! There are many surprises in this event. 

Congrats to Scott Smith in PF group, running the fastest lap of the day. Beating cars in the PAF, FOF, OMG and RWB group.  

If you want to know his secret, here's a couple shots. Check out all of his photos in folder #219 if you want to learn. 

 

Tip #1 - Must make car hop at turn 3. Photo taken by Lin, the unofficial photographer.

Tip #2 - Must smoke your breaks here. Because you can see he does it every time. 

For the coolest car rolling shot, we have three cars! Soheil picked Michael Ostby with the S2K, and I picked Joe McGuigan with the MR2. Geoff Storytime Pitts also joined the rolling shot at the end for being the coolest guy, helping me organize this shoot. The biggest challenge, unfortunately, is how much my back hurts after the first lap. I could feel the muscle groups that I've never felt before, aching and not following my command to move after 1-2 laps. 

Finally, thanks Lin for tagging along and got me some cool pictures of myself and other perspective from the rolling shots. 

Get your photos here!


Car with same number will be in the same folder. 
Photos are free with SpeedSF logo. Click on your photo for largest size, right click save-as. Gallery download without logo is $40.

Silly rabbit thought it could out run my long lens. I got you. 

SpeedSF Laguna Seca
Feb
7
Feb 8

SpeedSF Laguna Seca

Happy Lunar New Year!

This event was extremely exciting for me. First time selling prints on site, found a new window at turn 10 and strapping myself in my wife's Subaru with the liftgate open to do rolling shots! 

It took a team of people to make this rolling shot happen. So big thanks to Patrick for getting approval from the track, Leo for bringing the coolest car, Soheil for driving, Geoff for coordinating with track staff, Lin for taking podium shots, and Gary for talking Leo into it. The transmission was broken, Leo thought he couldn't do the shot, while I was walking away, Gary yelled "come back", and then I explained we didn't have to drive fast, just go in 2nd gear and drive around 30s. 

I think this is the best shot, will try again next time for a sharper shot. 

I've learned a lot in these two laps. Will do a detail write up in my blog.

Before the rolling shot, I've also took a long walk from corkscrew. To my suprise, the lock at turn 10 is finally fixed, I could get in and found a new window. Here are some cool shots with in this new area. I will work on getting everybody these shots next time. 

Lead instructor Andrie Hartanto, hitting apex at turn 3 so hard that wheels are lifted off. I wish the camera was faster to catch it mid flight. Need more FPS!

hitting the apex hard

the landing

Get your photos here

A bunch of cars with hard angles to tell car number. still uploading

speedsf winners photos - still uploading

Important note: prices are going up starting next event. Single digital download will be $20, Gallery download will be $40. Adjustments to prints products will also be made. SpeedSF has been very generous in supporting me but I also need to make photography a sustainable business. I want to keep doing this, improving and trying new things which benefits everybody. My stuff are definitely not as expensive as car stuff, but to give you an idea, the fisheye lens for panorama shot at corkscrew cost $1200, the lens for recently new close up at turn 3 cost $2500. Hope you all understand, and I thank you for all the support. 

Photography stuff will be in blog. 


Jan
24
9:30 pm21:30

SpeedSF Thunderhill

It was nice to be back at Thunderhill! It has been over a year since last SpeedSF event held here. Moving up the award ceremony to lunch time is a great idea. From now on, all event pages will be divided section below. And I will not post without writing down my thoughts, because I will never do it after the photo link is posted. Writing down thoughts and experience is important for improving myself and some people actually like reading stuff.

  1. SpeedSF Coolest Car picture
  2. Other good photos
  3. Photo link
  4. Stuff about photography

Here is the car that won the Coolest Car Award

Other good photos

These guys drove a lemon! The car cost $500. 

Free photos paid by SpeedSF

You can right-click save any photos you see in this link. A small SpeedSF logo is on top left on all photos. If you have to crop the photo, please remember to give credits to SpeedSF. If you want photos without any watermark, you can purchase individual download or gallery download. 

Link to all photos

2015 SpeedSF Banquet
 

Ordering Prints

All prints will not have watermark by default. Email me if you like to have watermark on your print. 

Thinking about getting a large print? Let me know. We don’t spend a lot of time on each photo because there are so many of them. If you’re going to spend money on a large print with any of my photos, I would gladly take another look at your photo and probably do some finer adjustments.

Stuff about Photography

I knew the two locations where I needed to shoot for this event, so I went right to it. Turn 11/12 in the morning when it’s still cloudy, and then turn 10. The hardest part about this track is moving around. Unlike Laguna Seca where I can drive myself to all the scenic turns, Thunderhill is mostly walking. Walking in mud after lots of rain is almost impossible. Had my electric unicycle to move around the paved area for the first two locations. I thought about walking to turn 5 but decided to walk around the paddock meet people, look around, and shoot some cars and people.

Pretty Fast First Place - Soheil, going off line to give me a wave. 

And the winner chosen at random to receive a free track day is....

And the winner chosen at random to receive a free track day is....

This guy!

This guy!

SpeedSF Laguna Seca
Jan
10
9:00 am09:00

SpeedSF Laguna Seca

Great event by SpeedSF as usual.  Remember to tag SpeedSF if you're posting your photos :)

Tilt left or tilt right was a question I posted last event. Soheil, said neither, he wants to see the compression of the spring and he can’t see it if the picture is tilted.  Thanks Soheil, it does look better for some. If you have any suggestions, let me know!

New miata ND, enough compression for you?

This car got the Coolest Car award!

At the end of the day, when there's only a few cars left, I shot a few slow shutter panning for fun. 

Thinking about getting a large print? Let me know. We don’t spend a lot of time on each photo because there are so many of them. If you’re going to spend money on a large print with any of my photos, I would gladly take another look at your photo and probably do some finer adjustments.

Click here for all photos. 

Dec
26
Dec 27

SpeedSF Laguna Seca

Skip the reading if you're just here for pictures. Link's at bottom. 

It is the season of giving, so free 6x4 prints was given away to everybody who stop by our table. All photos digital and print is covered by SpeedSF, just another benefit that you get with running with this awesome group. 

There's another reason for free print, I was experimenting with numerous photography related things. So if most of your pictures are blurry, I hope you at least walk away with one sharp print. 

I was shooting with the intent of minimizing the number of photos, one panning shot per car instead of 3-4 shots per car. Shooting with new 150-600mm lens on mono pod. Shooting at turn 3, turn 4 and breaking zone before corkscrew. Not part of my experimenter, but the sun is at least two hours ahead of summer time, forcing me to shoot with a lot of sun. All the cars look whitish from the glare.

The new lens made it possible to shoot at those three new locations. I think some of these turn out great. Haven't got the consistency for everyone, but I will work on it. 

Tilting camera while shooting also helped. This picture is turn 3, a right turn, I still couldn't decide which looks better. Tile left or tilt right?

Close up was never part of my routine because I never had the reach. Now that I do have that option, how close is too close? 

The struggle between difficult dramatic shots (high chance of blurry pictures) vs sharp (but static) pictures is constantly in the back of my mind. I chose to be adventurous this time. From not knowing where to stand, how to shoot, what range to shoot at, it took around 600 shots to get to what I feel is right for this location. Just need to remember, practice and repeat until I can consistently get this shot for everybody next time. Hopefully more people will get better photos next time at this spot. 

 

Saturday Photos - Turn 6, Corkscrew outside, turn 11

Sunday Photos - Top of Corkscrew and inside corkscrew, Turn 1, 3 and 4

Remember to check the no tag folder if you think you should have more photos. Cars without tag in front or back also goes here even if you have tags on side. 

BlackTrax SK2 Group Photo

SpeedSF Laguna Seca
Jul
30
8:00 am08:00

SpeedSF Laguna Seca

Thanks to SpeedSF for this fun event. It's been two months since last event. I took some time to research and think about how to shoot the track different than what I have done in the past. 

Fish-eye is what I came up with. A long sweeping view where it typically takes 2-3 shots to make a panorama. Fish-eye lens can make that panorama in one shot. If you ran your first session and the session after lunch, you will get a fish-eye shot at turn 6 and corkscrew. Great for facebook cover photo. 

All photos click here!

Turn 6 with Fisheye

Corkscrew with Fisheye

I have also tried different locations like the inside of corkscrew. It turned out great for people who hit it just right and kick up a some dust. 

Other good shots are here. 

All photos are at the link below. Thanks to SpeedSF for giving free photos for all participants. 

All photos click here!

There's also a folder for untagged cars, it's either a back shot or somewhere far where I can't make out your number (if it's there).