Thursday, 7 November 2013

Around the web today; November 7th, 2013.

Here's some very cool slow-motion footage, showing the amazing tire deformation of various drag cars while launching their way down the quarter mile. Much of it is shot at 300 frames per second, but about halfway through there's a Corvette Stingray launching shot at 600 frames per second, or 5% of normal speed. You can even see the firing order of the engine from the side pipes.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfJejgODr3E



A huge gallery of photos from SEMA 2013: http://www.gtspirit.com/2013/11/07/sema-2013-day-one-and-two-highlights/



Pirelli is currently negotiating with Formula 1 officials in regards to extending their contract to supply teams with tyres for the next few years: http://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/new-pirelli-deal-to-be-for-three-years-only/

In related news, F1 head honcho Bernie Ecclestone had an awkward moment due to a revolving door and lots of cameras outside the High Court in London: http://jalopnik.com/bernie-ecclestone-is-so-rich-he-doesnt-know-how-to-ope-1459536635




A photographer's attempt to sue Australian newspaper 'The Age' for psychological damage, post-traumatic stress disorder and major depression, claimed to be a result of working on stories about the terrorist bombings in Bali just over a decade ago, has been declined. However, the court did declare that it was almost certain the claimant would never be able to work as a photographer again:  http://www.theaustralian.com.au/media/age-trauma-leads-to-calls-for-industry-to-act-on-risks-of-reporting/story-e6frg996-1226733834070

In my line of work, which has mostly been focused around shooting trucks and cars for magazines, I've not witnessed even a small fraction of what a news photographer would over years of service. The difficult situations I've been presented with are minimal, generally traffic or racing accidents, but even those have had an impact on me, despite being fairly removed from the situation. Constantly working on the subject of terrorism, seeing and photographing terribly injured victims would have to be very difficult to deal with.



Some interesting runs between a ridiculously LSX V8 powered Willys Jeep and several others cars, including a ZO6 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1, 996 Porsche 911 GT3 and CBR 600 motorbike; but doing it the dumb way on the street:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAoeyAJ6XXk



A brief teaser clip for American stunt driving master Ken Block's 'Gymkhana 6' video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dxgzt6S_Qxo



The Atherton Police Department in Silicon Valley would like some Tesla police cars. Pretty please.
http://jalopnik.com/ludicrously-wealthy-silicon-valley-town-wants-tesla-pol-1459679199


Strong crosswinds and a semi-detachable home on a trailer aren't a good combination:  http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/1892582/semi-detached-half-a-home-falls-off-truck/?cs=2452




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