As with Day 1, I did these exercises as part of attending Barrett-Jackson Northeast. As before, I stationed myself between the last buff-n-shine section and the entrance to the auction arena. This was the last day of the auction, and as is usual with these multi-day auctions, the cream of the crop were up for auction on this day.

Having learned a bit from Day 1, I increased the shutter speed and about mid-day figured out the ‘focus on a spot’ trick as the cars drove by. Using the camera’s built-in center focus box, I would focus on a headlight or hood emblem and try to keep the focus spot on that part of the car as it went by.

I also moved myself so I could shoot the cars in full sun, that way I didn’t have to worry about the camera being confused by backlighting or having limited depth of field because of lower available light. With my lens, I found it easier to shoot the cars coming back from the auction (right to left) because they were that much further away from me. I used my Pentax K-5 IIs with a Tamron 28-300, but since it is a 1.5x crop sensor, is effectively a 42-450.

A few shots were in either the parking garage where the cars sat before and after going to the auction block, or the special viewing area for the high value cars. On to the photos.

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