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2014 Long Beach Grand Prix - Images by Brian Cleary

It’s been 8 years since the sports cars of the Grand America Road Racing Rolex series visited the streets of Long Beach and much has changed since then. Most the changes involve the series and the cars competing in the races. Grand-Am has now become IMSA and the Rolex Series is now the Tudor United Sportscar series

The ALMS P2 cars now race head-to-head with the Grand-Am Daytona Prototypes and both series’ GT classes are represented in the new merged version. The racing remains spectacular and it seems that wherever you point your camera at Long Beach, a good photo is there for the taking!

I was very happy with my take from the 2014 event, represented in the slideshow above, and look forward to next year’s return to the twisty seaside road course set on the streets of Long Beach.





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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.



'Phins Fan Photographer





Miami Dolphins vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, December 2009 - Images by Brian Cleary

One of the great things about being a sports fan AND a sports photographer is that you often get to photograph the things you really love. Often your assignment has you covering an event in which your favorite team or player is competing. This can be a very good thing or a very bad thing.

As a long suffering Miami Dolphins fan I saw the bad side of this situation when my Dolphins met the Jacksonville Jaguars in the playoffs back in 2000. This particular game rapidly turned into a nightmare as early interceptions and ineptitude on the Dolphins part turned into a 62-7 blowout and proved to be the final game of both Dan Marino’s and Jimmy Johnson’s careers! (see my photo gallery from that game by clicking here)




But I’m not here to talk about that today. Today I’d like to talk about the reverse of that situation. When I returned to Jacksonville to shoot the Jaguars - Dolphins game in 2009, things turned out much differently. Of course Marino was long retired and Chad Henne was the current Miami QB with the great Ricky Williams lining up at running back. Although the game was a very close hand-wringer whose outcome wasn’t decided til very late, my Miami Dolphins did prevail by a score of 14-10.

For me, as a photographer, it was like a round of golf where you can not hit a bad shot. I seemed to be in the right place each time something happened and was able to anticipate where the passes were going, which means you get a lot of good pass reception photos.

My high point was gutting the photo below of Henne running in the winning TD!



As a sports shooter there are lots and lots of disappointing days when you can’t seem to do anything right, so when a good day comes around you’ve really got to enjoy the moment!





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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.



Sights of Salt Lake City from BCPix.com





Temple Square, Salt Lake City, UT, Sept. 2009 - Images by Brian Cleary

In September 2009, while traveling to a sports car race at Miller Motorsports Park in Salt Lake City, Utah, I had the rare few moments of spare time available to a busy photographer to leisurely walk through downtown Salt Lake City as I awaited a late flight departure.

When you arrive downtown, there is little doubt where the photographic landmarks lie and there is also no shortage of things to point your camera at. My eye was initially drawn to the traditional architecture of the Utah star capital building followed closely by a short walk down to the Temple Square where the impressive spires of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter‑day Saints dominate the cityscape.




After a couple a hours flew by, I realize that my airliner awaited and I had to head to reluctantly head to the airport, although my stock photo library was much richer for the layover!





Roll your cursor over any image to get caption info, click on an image for 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.




12 Hours of Sebring, March 2014




12 Hours of Sebring, March 2014 Photos by Brian Cleary/ www.bcpix.com


2014 12 Hours of Sebring, March 2014 - Images by Brian Cleary
The inaugural enet in IMSA's new unified sports car series featured a little bit of everything, from exotic cars to great racing, great weather, LOTS of caution flags, a beautiful sunset, huge crowd, crashes, controversy and an exciting conclusion , with the #01 Ford Riley Daytona Prototype of Chip Ganassi Racing being driven to the win by Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas and Marino Franchitti.

As usual , this piece of central Florida pastureland that transforms into a major racing venue once a year delivered with an unlimited supply of incredible photo opportunities. It is just a matter of whether or not the photographer is up to the challenge!







Roll your cursor over any image to get caption info, click on an image for 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.