As I mentioned in a previous post, sometime you shoot for a purpose or a reason. You have a project or a client to shoot for and that's why you take on a shoot. Other times, you shoot for the sake of shooting and just play around with making an image.
Then there are those special times you make images just for yourself. There are moments that you capture just for you. Apertures, and shutter speeds and all of that becomes very, very secondary to just recording the moment.
This was a particularly emotional day for me. My dad was knocked out of his wagon last fall and broke his hip and was expected to never race again. Well, at 71 he is a tough old fart and he's in remarkably good shape and he climbed back into the wagon box again this spring. Its hard to get out and see him run though so this might very well be the last time I get to photograph him racing. This is something he has done since before I was born so if he isn't racing I don't know what he'll do.
I have to admit I played around with these images a fair bit when I got home but at that moment all I could do is hang on and go along for the ride.