Vegas to Reno: Desert Racing with Hummer

September 12, 2008 | Category: Photography


Realizing that its been quite a while since I posted anything new, I’ve finally let my conscience get the best of me and decided to share some photos from a recent shoot. About a year ago, I met the official photographer Hummer’s off-road racing team, John Pappenfort. John’s a great photographer and was nice enough to get me in as the second team photographer for the recent “Vegas to Reno” race put on by Best in the Desert Racing Association.

Explosion of dust, 2000 class racer.


It was a great couple days! Using radio and GPS, we chased the race trucks for 12+ hours, setting up on the track and shooting the whole time. At night I set up strobes and experimented with the artificial light in the pits with good results (see the first two photos below).

By the end of it, my cameras were pure white with dust (no kidding). The race ended with three out the four Hummers finished first in their class with over 200 vehicles in the race.

Be sure to click the photos for captions and more details, comments always welcome!

Josh Hall passes through a pit. He finished 1st in his class. Chad Hall finished 1st in his class too. Lit with two remote strobes. Josh Hall flying by as the sun begins to set.Josh entering pit 2  This section of track was extremely soft dirt! We watched this obstacle transform from a minute whoop to a dangerous jump in a matter of minutes!Where you at dog?  This crash happened about 10 feet from where I was standing, I have an awesome sequence of the truck tumbling! Whats amazing is that the truck eventually was rolled back over and finished 2nd in its class! John, seconds after the dust settled. Help arrives. He eventually finished 2nd in his class!On our way to Vegas, John's Hummer. The dust was like this after every vehicle! Good thing there were only 200+!Emily Miller, offroad racer, babe extrodinaire

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  1. Asa
    on September 12th, 2008

    These shots are great. I hadn’t even heard of this race before…sounds like a good time.

    As usual, your stuff is top notch…

  2. Jon
    on September 13th, 2008

    WOW some new stuff and this doesnt disappoint, some awesome action shots Dan. Am off on a night shoot tonight, so hopefully will be trying out your stacking technique, if the stars come out to play!

  3. Craig Moore
    on September 14th, 2008

    Killer work, Dan.
    Thanks for sharing it.
    Great subjects and you nailed it.

  4. Danny
    on June 14th, 2009

    That 4th one, talk about vivid. We gotta make this happen in August!