Peeking Through the Track Fence Makes for Fun Photo Framing

March 30 Feature Photo: Lack of access at racetracks demands finding creative ways to shoot decent photos.

It can be tough to get some solid, up-close shots at various racetracks around the country. Without proper press credentials (the kind that requires insurance coverage, or the kind that’s just an orange vest) getting nice shots that convey action on track is tricky. But some tracks are easier than others, particularly older tracks like Laguna Seca.

Picture Details:

  • Car(s): 996 911 GT3 race car (white), G-Body (pretty sure?) 911 race car (yellow/green)
  • Location: Laguna Seca, Monterey, CA
  • Photog: Peter Nelson (IG + Twitter: @16vPete)
  • Camera: Canon 6D Mk2, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens

For this event I shot a few years back, I wasn’t able to obtain proper photog credentials. At Laguna Seca, there are holes and gaps in the fencing for corner workers, as well as sometimes spectators. If you have the right angle and the right lens, you can actually use the fencing to your advantage and create some cool framing. Like this shot that covers Turn 3 at the historic track.

This was during an SCCA/PCA race weekend a few years back. I was assigned to shoot the Spec MX-5 race that was going down, but spent the entire day photographing basically everything. Why not? I had all the memory card space in the world, and treated myself to renting a very, very spiffy Canon L lens. The shots turned out great, and the max-300mm zoom helped make up for my lack of access. I’ll post more photos from this day as there are many, but I’m proud of this one for figuring out the decent framing.

Here it is in 1080p!

Peeking Through the Track Fence Makes for Fun Photo Framing
Image: Peter Nelson
Peter Nelson

Peter NelsonPeter Nelson has been wrenching on and playing with cars since he started driving them quickly between the cones at Chicagoland autocross events in his late teens. Nowadays, he can be found wringing out his Mazda2 at tracks all over California. His writing background includes Winding Road, Donut Media, and Autolist.com. He's also an avid cyclist and '80s/'90s action film connoisseur. Contact the author here.