Five snapshots from the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis

Published On May 11, 2015 » 1668 Views» By admin » Blogs, IMS, INDYCAR Grand Prix, Photography

IMS staff photographer Chris Owens shared some of his favorite shots from the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, where the 14-turn road course offered some new perspectives.
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Turn 4
“On the road course, there are a lot more opportunities to show off the city of Indianapolis and where we are. On the oval it’s pretty hard, whereas the road course goes so many different ways. I like shots where you can show your location and tell a story; here we’re in Indy, close to downtown. And I like the turnstile scoreboards because they’ve been here so long.”

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Turns 5 and 6
“I really like the perspective from the Miller Lite party deck (foreground), that’s an angle that I hadn’t really noticed before. It’s a great way to show off the people. For fans on the road course, it’s about finding out where you want to hang out.”

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Will Power, just after the win
“That was a perfect opportunity, especially since he stopped the car right in front of the Panasonic Pagoda. Will Power’s kind of a funny dude, sometimes he doesn’t really celebrate – sometimes he gets out of the car and walks away. Seriously. To show him really excited here shows it’s a special win.”

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On the podium — Juan Pablo Montoya, Will Power, Graham Rahal
“To get that one, I decided to not go on the photo riser that they put up for photographers. I stood off to the left-hand side, on the pit wall. There was a Yellow Shirt tugging on my leg, so I’m fighting him off while I took it. It was worth it; everybody gets the same shot from podiums but this one really leads you up to them.”

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Grid girl
“There was a pre-race grid walk for Bronze Badge holders, so it was really tough to get a simple photo of one of the Grid Girls. Every one I was taking had a car or 30 people hovering around, so I chose the grandstands to give it a simple look. Since the background is silver, the reds really stand out the most – the flag, nails, lips. And the fact that it was so gray out and cloudy that morning kind of works. There’s not a lot of weird shadows, and those dresses are the whitest things you’ve ever seen in your life. It’s hard to capture them.”

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