Reliable Versatile US Motorsports Racing Photographer
Michael ONeill Wedding Portrait Fine Art Photographer Long Island New York

Reliable Versatile US Motorsports Racing Photographer

Meeting deadlines in the world of sports reporting. In this wireless digital age information moves instantly. News stories are posted online within minutes of their occurrence. Web sites are updated with pictures and video as quickly as it can be collected. Meeting the deadlines and scooping the competition with great photographic art is what I’m all about these days. Sure, on most editorial assignments for a magazine or advertising and public relations assignments I have a little bit of time to cull through all of the images I take on assignment, choose the ones that fit the project’s objectives perfectly, and retouch and enhance them to perfection before presenting them to my editor, art director or client. When adding to my stock library which is offered through Getty Images/iStock i might take days to upload the pictures that are perfect for that distribution channel. But I also have the ability to send images instantly to my editor’s desk for publication online or in printed form within minutes of the activity. My state-of-the-art Fuji mirror less cameras are WiFi enabled and send images directly to my smart phone. From there they can be sent directly to the editor’s desk via text messaging and/or email. I carry a powerful laptop computer with me on every out of town assignment. At the end of every race day I retire to my hotel room, download all of the days images, cull them down to the best choices and edit those images to perfection before the next day’s racing activities. Take the image here for example. It is a shot of Jason Line piloting the Summit Racing Pro Stock Camaro in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. The image was captured on qualifying day (Saturday) at The New England Nationals in Epping, NH. At the end of the days speed contests I engaged myself in the editing procedures outlined above. Before I went to sleep that night this picture was on my editor’s desk back in New York. The sports news web site I was under assignment to had this picture up on their web site early Sunday morning introducing the competitors that would be participating in the semi-finals and final round competitions on Sunday. People today are used to instant gratification…having the news, stories, photographs and visuals provided in near real time. Though I still love having the time to truly craft my finished pictures with high end editing, retouching and enhancement techniques, as a professional sports photographer I have to be ready, willing and able to produce relevant content in near real time.