F-51GTphoto

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Focusing on Motorsports, Aviation, Special Olympics, and whatever else interests me...or you.

Contact Tom at f51gtphoto@f51gtracing.com.




My 2014 NASA Great Lakes/Midwest Regions Photo Schedule:

29-30 March Gateway Motorsports Park - Madison IL
06-08 June - Mid-Ohio - Lexington OH
19-20 July - Pittsburgh International - Wampum PA
01-03 August - Road America - Elkhart Lake WI
06-07 September - Autobahn - Joliet IL
03-05 October - Mid-Ohio - Lexington OH

“Black Tiger at LeMans” – “Ford GT Beats Ferrari at LeMans” – “Donahue and Jones, Camaro and Mustang Dual in Trans-Am” – The book and headlines that stamped a permanent mark on the impressionable consciousness of a northern Indiana youth, opening my eyes to the challenge and excitement of roadracing and made me a fan for life. Many years later, after seeing an ad for the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) first annual National Championships at Mid-Ohio, I grabbed the camera gear and headed for that classic asphalt ribbon in the beautiful rolling hills of north central Ohio and discovered the fun, friendship and spirited competition of grassroots roadracing. 2014 is my eighth season of shooting NASA events, a grassroots photographer documenting the season for grassroots racers.

Spending time around fast cars is a natural complement to my professional vocation as an aerospace engineer and Air National Guard member where I’ve developed, built and supported fast combat jets. My trusty Argus and Canon 35mm cameras have been shooting race cars, airplanes, the Great Lakes and great American family vacations for over 4 decades. Retiring from the Ohio Air National Guard granted some additional freedom in recent years and, along with entering the digital photo age, I’ve narrowed the aim of my photography with the goal of documenting grassroots roadracing, historic warbird aircraft, and the heart-warming world of Special Olympians. And, I try to grab a few other action sports along the way.

My goal in motorsports photography is to capture the speed, drama, fun, and fellowship of the sport in order to document and preserve the experience for competitors and their teams and families. I’ve been helped along the way by very generous coaching from some incredibly gifted shooters who continually challenge me to improve my skills. My thanks to them is to offer you the best photo coverage I can deliver. Let me know your needs and desires and I’ll do my very best to provide.


Individual photos can be purchased from this SmugMug site using the "Buy" button. Contact me via email (above) if you have special requests.

License info: Images for sale in my galleries are intended primarily for personal/non-commercial use. If you have a need to use any of my images for commercial purposes, send me an email and we'll talk.

Thanks for looking at my work and for your comments. If you decide to purchase any of my work, I'll consider it an honor and a compliment.

NOTE Regarding my action photography: I generally don’t shoot “safe” or “low risk” shots at high shutter speeds like many “track day” photographers. I tend to hang out more on the ragged edge shooting at lower shutter speeds to enhance the sense of speed and excitement, which is the whole point action sports. I don’t post every shot I take on my SmugMug site. I only load additional photos upon specific requests from competitors, teams, and families because I only select the good shots and then post-process each individually to be sure it’s the highest quality I can provide. Hence, my process takes a bit longer, but hopefully provides action photography that is appreciated.

Gallery Categories

2014 NASA Great Lakes & Midwest Region Racing

21 galleries with 2991 photos

Updated: Jun 30, 2014 6:34pm PST

NASA Great Lakes-Midwest Team Galleries

437 galleries with 9554 photos

Updated: Jun 30, 2014 4:53pm PST

2013 NASA Great Lakes & Midwest Region Racing

28 galleries with 1548 photos

Updated: Mar 26, 2014 8:20pm PST

Cedarville University Basketball

6 galleries with 215 photos

Updated: Mar 01, 2014 7:45pm PST

GHS Sports

157 galleries with 12537 photos

Updated: Mar 09, 2014 9:08pm PST

294th Field Artillery Observation Battalion (World War II)

2 galleries with 65 photos

Updated: Jan 01, 2013 7:40pm PST

2012 NASA 7th Annual National Championships

12 galleries with 503 photos

Updated: Mar 23, 2014 6:42pm PST

Portfolios

1 gallery with 23 photos

Updated: Mar 11, 2010 6:01pm PST

2012 NASA Great Lakes Region

7 galleries with 470 photos

Updated: Sep 14, 2012 6:27pm PST

2012 NASA Midwest Region

9 galleries with 642 photos

Updated: Dec 13, 2012 7:09pm PST

2012 NASA Great Lakes/Midwest Crossover Events

7 galleries with 575 photos

Updated: Jan 07, 2013 6:40pm PST

2011 NASA Great Lakes/Midwest Crossover Events

10 galleries with 577 photos

Updated: Feb 04, 2012 7:56pm PST

2011 NASA Great Lakes Region

27 galleries with 1051 photos

Updated: Sep 06, 2011 5:28pm PST

2011 NASA Midwest Region

4 galleries with 282 photos

Updated: Oct 02, 2011 2:11pm PST

2010 NASA Great Lakes Region

49 galleries with 1589 photos

Updated: Dec 14, 2010 10:23pm PST

2010 NASA Midwest Region

36 galleries with 1853 photos

Updated: Sep 20, 2010 11:12pm PST

2010 NASA MIdwest/Great Lakes Crossover Events

19 galleries with 1450 photos

Updated: May 18, 2011 8:56pm PST

NASA Great Lakes Region 2009

9 galleries with 360 photos

Updated: Jan 07, 2010 6:55pm PST

Client & Proof Galleries

11 galleries with 227 photos

Updated: Dec 20, 2009 11:36am PST

NASA Great Lakes Region 2008

1 gallery with 8 photos

Updated: Apr 28, 2011 7:47pm PST

ALMS, IRL, Speed World Challenge, Cooper Atlantic

1 gallery with 8 photos

Updated: Sep 27, 2009 3:57pm PST

Rolex Grand-Am, Koni Challenge, Mustang Challenge

2 galleries with 11 photos

Updated: Sep 27, 2009 3:55pm PST

Volleyball

4 galleries with 1861 photos

Updated: Oct 11, 2009 9:41am PST

SCCA

3 galleries with 9 photos

Updated: Jun 08, 2009 7:35pm PST

Motorcycle Racing

1 gallery with 19 photos

Updated: Aug 31, 2008 9:12pm PST

Special Olympics

1 gallery with 66 photos

Updated: Mar 11, 2010 8:24pm PST

Horses

1 gallery with 8 photos

Updated: Apr 10, 2009 8:25pm PST

Motorcyle Track Days

1 gallery with 6 photos

Updated: Sep 02, 2008 9:32pm PST

Cars

1 gallery with 6 photos

Updated: Sep 25, 2008 7:38pm PST

About F-51GT

1 gallery with 2 photos

Updated: Mar 27, 2010 7:42pm PST