I’ve been meaning to write a blog post but in between getting back to reality at work, working on photos, and working on an article for OMGDrift, I haven’t had much time. I’ve been writing this little by little over the past week. I still feel like I need to catch up on sleep and it wasn’t even really that bad, I’m just being a baby about it. Needless to say, I’ve had a lot of caffeine in various forms of coffee drinks this week. I don’t think they’ve really helped but I keep drinking them anyway.
As usual, Formula Drift Round 1 in Long Beach was awesome. This time I had my boyfriend and our two friends with us. I’ll try not to ramble and give you brief highlights of the trip. If you’d like to read a quick overview of the entire event, you can do so here.
In-N-Out. We ate it. Be jealous. Well, unless you don’t like it, then don’t be. I, personally, happen to enjoy it. I’m sad that Colorado doesn’t have one so anytime we’re out of state and they’re lucky enough, it’s pretty exciting. Venice Beach. Unfortunately our trip out there wasn’t the greatest. It was pretty windy and chilly so it was a little disappointing. I’m still glad we made it out there though because it’s a great place to people watch. Umami Burger. I thought I would love it but I more so just liked it. It’s not exactly somewhere I’d beg to go to for food but wouldn’t mind eating there. Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles. I always hear about this place and had never eaten there. Finally, this time around we did and it was delicious. We almost went to the sketchy one near Compton and in Watts but didn’t. I was so hungry that night I told everyone we should just go there but they looked at me like I was crazy and passed it up. We ended up at the one in Long Beach, where everyone else from FD eats. The wait wasn’t so fun since that place is crazy busy but the food was so good.
When we were out shooting at the track at the Long Beach Convention Center, I was off my game Friday. I’m not sure what it was but I wasn’t doing very well at panning and I didn’t have much motivation because I felt like my photos were sucking and they were. I was a little nervous that the next day was going to be the same and then after all was said and done, I’d come up with barely anything worth posting. Seeing as how I had finally crashed at 3AM in the morning on Saturday, I thought I’d probably end up being useless because I’d be so tired. Surprisingly, I wasn’t and when I was back out taking photos again, I felt more confident and was on point with panning. What a relief!
My goal this year is to really improve in photography. Not just with motorsports but I’d really like to gain more experience in other areas such as portraiture. I love motorsports but I also love being able to capture the people behind the cars and the emotion. It’s something that I need to keep in mind throughout the year and at each event. Everybody captures those photos of the cars ripping the track or in the pits but I want to start focusing more on the drivers behind the wheel, the crew members for the teams, the fans; really just all the people that make this come together. If it wasn’t for the people, what would drifting be? Also just in general though, I want to expand into areas like senior photos, engagement/wedding photos, family photos, etc.