In Minnesota we often joke about there only being two seasons, winter and road construction. In our home we have our own version. Our seasons are winter and racing.
Last evening the racing season officially began which means winter must finally be over. Each Friday evening after work we load up the race truck and head north for about 90 miles for three hours of racing. At the Fergus Falls Racetrack they have five different divisions of racers. My husband races in the Short Trackers division which features 4 cylinder vehicles. He drives an S-10 pick up truck.
HIs truck was built and raced originally by our oldest son Curt. At one time my husband and two sons each raced a truck each weekend. The boys have moved on to other interests like home ownership and hobbies.
This is a typical scene at the racetrack each Friday evening. It is an interesting mix of food smells and race fuel.
Out behind the pit area at the track is a small lake or pond. I don’t know it’s name but have always been drawn to it because of its serene look which is such a contrast to all the noise and activity going on nearby with the racers coming and going out of the pit area.
Tonight before the races began I walked down by the lake and took out my camera. I tend to shoot in the auto mode on my camera but tonight I turned it on manual and kept playing with my settings until I got the exposure that I liked best. I took me about twelve different settings to get this shot. The colors look much richer than those I tried in auto mode.
I will definitely have to keep trying different shots in manual mode.