2011 Favorite Photo Slideshow





2011 Year's Best from bcpix.com - Images by Brian Cleary

As the year draws to a close, I was reviewing my 2011 photo take and put together this gallery of some of my personal favorites for the year. Out of necessity, many of the pics are auto racing shots, as this is how I make a living, but I guess it's telling that even on days when no race cars are on the track, I can't seem to leave the house without a camera. For better or worse, I guess this is what I do!

These photos were taken with everything from my Canon DSLR's to my Panasonic Lumix GF1 to my Canon Elph 300HS
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Roll your cursor over any image to get caption info, click on an image for print and download availability and pricing, or simply sit back and enjoy the slideshow!

Slideshows.bcpix.com is the Slideshow blog of Florida-based freelance photographer Brian Cleary and features selected collections of images from his online photo archive which contains more than 30 years of photography, both editorial stock and royalty-free stock photography and is housed at www.bcpix.com.

Lunar Eclipse, December 2010 Slideshow





Lunar Eclipse, December 2010 - Images by Brian Cleary

It was just under a year ago that I set up camp in my backyard with a digital SLR, a tripod, my 500 mm lens and an electronic intervalometer cable release.

My goal was to record the lunar eclipse of the full moon on the winter solstice over the night of December 19- 20, 2010. One other detail: it was very cold!

For an hour and a half I sat shivering under the night sky as the moon went from bright white to blood red and back to white just as it began to dip behind the trees on my horizon. If I recall correctly, I had the camera set up to fire a photo every minute over the duration of the eclipse. Since, obviously, the moon appears to travel through the night sky as the earth rotates, my job as I baby sat my set-up, was to re-frame the shot after each exposure.
You can view a time-lapse video I produced from my efforts here.

I will not be in a location that allows me to record tonight’s lunar eclipse, but if I was, I think that I would make another effort at photographing it.

These events are rare enough that any shots you get would be a welcome addition to your portfolio.

Roll your cursor over any image to get caption info, click on an image for print and download availability and pricing, or simply sit back and enjoy the slideshow!

Slideshows.bcpix.com is the Slideshow blog of Florida-based freelance photographer Brian Cleary and features selected collections of images from his online photo archive which contains more than 30 years of photography, both editorial stock and royalty-free stock photography and is housed at www.bcpix.com.

Digitally Manipulated Images Slideshow





Digitally Manipulated photos by Brian Cleary - Images by Brian Cleary

One thing about the digital age, as we’ve photographers discovered, is that, contrary to the old adage, the camera really CAN lie. Photoshop and other photo editing software can take any digital image, scanned or from a digital camera and create a photographic reality which might not be what the photographer or camera really actually saw.

From changing faces, backgrounds, colors, lighting, etc, the creative computer user has control over his photos like never before.

This slideshow presents some of my photo manipulation efforts. In more ways than one, the digital age has breathed new life into many old images.

Roll your cursor over any image to get caption info, click on an image for print and download availability and pricing, or simply sit back and enjoy the slideshow!

Slideshows.bcpix.com is the Slideshow blog of Florida-based freelance photographer Brian Cleary and features selected collections of images from his online photo archive which contains more than 30 years of photography, both editorial stock and royalty-free stock photography and is housed at www.bcpix.com.

Panasonic Lumix GF1 Sample Photos





Panasonic Lumix GF-1 Sample photos - Images by Brian Cleary

As we photographers grow older, the inevitable quest for lighter and more portable equipment seems to creep into our forethoughts. So it was about a year ago when I began scouring the internet for high quality, downsized photo gear.

During my search I discovered something called “micro four-thirds” photography gear. Several companies have started producing this equipment, which is quite small, portable and maneuverable, but also features interchangeable lenses, HD video as well as tons of other pro-quality features.

I settled on the Panasonic Lumix GF1 as my weapon of choice and have been thrilled with the performance of the camera and lenses. This slideshow features some of my favorite photos that I’ve been able to produce with the camera/lens package that I have. I use the Panasonic Lumix GF1 body and have the 20mm f1.7 lens as well as the 45-200mm zoom. Because of the smaller size of the camera’s image sensor, the lenses are effectively doubled in focal length on this camera. In other words, my 20mm lens is comparable to a 40mm lens on a 35mm camera and my 45-200 is equal to a 90-400 zoom on a 35mm camera.

This camera shoots beautiful 720 HD video and most of the newer models shoot 1080 HD video.

One drawback of the GF1 is it’s lack of a viewfinder. You have to use the lcd screen on the back to frame you shots and this can be problematic, especially in bright light. There is , however, an optional add-on electric viewfinder that mounts on the hot shoe and is a great addition, especially when shooting video.

I would heartily endorse the Panasonic Lumix Line of cameras and I think that the photos in this slideshow demonstrates that they’d be an asset in any pro’s camera bag.

Roll your cursor over any image to get caption info, click on an image for print and download availability and pricing, or simply sit back and enjoy the slideshow!

Slideshows.bcpix.com is the Slideshow blog of Florida-based freelance photographer Brian Cleary and features selected collections of images from his online photo archive which contains more than 30 years of photography, both editorial stock and royalty-free stock photography and is housed at www.bcpix.com.

1983 24 Hours of Daytona Slideshow





24 Hours of Daytona 1983 - Images by Brian Cleary

“Super Tex” A. J. Foyt teamed with Bob Wollek, Claude Ballot-Lena, and Preston Henn to bring their Porsche 935 home first in the twice-around-the-clock Daytona Classic.

This race saw heavy rain showers force an early morning red flag during which I got some photos of A.J. and his car owner/co-driver Preston Henn chatting with the now infamous Randy Lanier under an umbrella on pit road.

I also remember beng excited about getting photos of the new Lola GTP throwing up a rooster tail as it sped down the frontstretch in the rain.

Roll your cursor over any image to get caption info, click on an image for print and download availability and pricing, or simply sit back and enjoy the slideshow!

Slideshows.bcpix.com is the Slideshow blog of Florida-based freelance photographer Brian Cleary and features selected collections of images from his online photo archive which contains more than 30 years of photography, both editorial stock and royalty-free stock photography and is housed at www.bcpix.com.

Canon Elph 300HS Sample Photo Slideshow





Canon Elph 300HS Photos - Images by Brian Cleary

I'm always on the lookout for a good, small point and shoot camera to carry with me for the unexpected photos we all run across in our day to day lives.

The 12 MP Canon Elph 300 HS is my newest favorite point and shoot camera.

From its tiny size, to its nice wide angle to mild telephoto zoom lens, to its 12 megapixel sensor and its ability to shoot 1080 HD video, this is the perfect camera to keep within reach because you never know when that next prize winning photo might present itself to you!

This slideshow features some of my favorite photos I've captured in the short time I've had this incredalble little camera.

Roll your cursor over any image to get caption info, click on an image for print and download availability and pricing, or simply sit back and enjoy the slideshow!

Slideshows.bcpix.com is the Slideshow blog of Florida-based freelance photographer Brian Cleary and features selected collections of images from his online photo archive which contains more than 30 years of photography, both editorial stock and royalty-free stock photography and is housed at www.bcpix.com.

2011 NASCAR Preseason Daytona Testing





2011 NASCAR Media Day, Daytona - Images by Brian Cleary

Each year when the stars of NASCAR arrive in Daytona Beach, Florida for February's season opening Daytona 500, the first order of business is the annual media day.

This is a great opportunity to stock up on nicely lit portraits of the top drivers on the NASCAR tour.

Roll your cursor over any image to get caption info, click on an image for print and download availability and pricing, or simply sit back and enjoy the slideshow!

Slideshows.bcpix.com is the Slideshow blog of Florida-based freelance photographer Brian Cleary and features selected collections of images from his online photo archive which contains more than 30 years of photography, both editorial stock and royalty-free stock photography and is housed at www.bcpix.com.

Images of Earnhardt




Images of Earnhardt's career by Brian Cleary - Images by Brian Cleary

As a photographer covering the NASCAR WInston Cup circuit in the 1980's and 1990's, all the way up until today, in fact, I had the chance to cover much if the career of the late Dale Earnhardt.

Not only was he a great photographic subject, he was also fun to watch in action.

As is often the case, my only regret is that I didn't shoot more pictures when I had the chance!

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Slideshows.bcpix.com is the Slideshow blog of Florida-based freelance photographer Brian Cleary and features selected collections of images from his online photo archive which contains more than 30 years of photography, both editorial stock and royalty-free stock photography and is housed at www.bcpix.com.



Legends of NASCAR





Legends of NASCAR - Images by Brian Cleary

NASCAR has changed a lot since the days of Petty, Pearson, Yarborough, Parsons and Allison.

This slideshow takes you back to the days when real Fords, Chevys, Pontiacs, Oldsmobiles, etc, races wheel to wheel around the famous tracks of NASCAR's earlier years.

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Slideshows.bcpix.com is the Slideshow blog of Florida-based freelance photographer Brian Cleary and features selected collections of images from his online photo archive which contains more than 30 years of photography, both editorial stock and royalty-free stock photography and is housed at www.bcpix.com.

Grand-Am Rolex Series December 2011 Testing




2011 Grand-Am Rolex Series December Testing - Images by Brian Cleary

Since 2001 I’ve been the official photographer for the Grand-American Road Racing Rolex Sportscar Series. Each winter after one season ends and before the next season begins, the teams gather their cars, usually at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, and start testing their equipment and drivers in preparation for the following season’s 24 Hours of Daytona. It’s always a time of great excitement as new teams and cars hit the track for the first time.

December 2011 is no exception as four brand-new Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototypes, three Ferrari 458’s and an Audi R8 hit the track in preparation for their 24 Hour endurance classic debuts!

Roll your cursor over any image to get caption info, click on an image for print and download availability and pricing, or simply sit back and enjoy the slideshow!

Slideshows.bcpix.com is the Slideshow blog of Florida-based freelance photographer Brian Cleary and features selected collections of images from his online photo archive which contains more than 30 years of photography, both editorial stock and royalty-free stock photography and is housed at www.bcpix.com.