Tannery Drifting

Tannery Drifting

This is drifting and that is the Tannery. All in Portlaw, Co Waterford. Visit their Facebook page and save the date of their next drift day in your calendar.

Tannery Drifting

I will write more about the Tannery some other day.  This post is all about drifting.

A fan of Fast And FuriousI am happy that just a half an hour drive from Waterford there is a place where I feel so wonderful. I am truly grateful to those who run the local ‘drifting rink’ in the old parking lot of the derelict tannery. So many young lads stay out of trouble because they are busy doing something good. Something they enjoy doing.  This short amateur YouTube video gives you an idea about the atmosphere on the site. The drivers come to the Tannery from as far as Donegal.

To take these pictures I pan my camera along with the moving cars. I use a low shutter speed – not faster than 1/30 sec- and usually focus either on the driver or on the surface of the car that is close to the driver. You can guess that using this technique only a tiny fraction of the shots can be called a keeper, 10% may be, but I love giving the shot a feeling of motion rather than freezing the action. If the environment doesn’t add to the shot, it is better to leave it blurred. It would be a different story if I took pictures of a swimmer or surfer: the waves look gorgeous around a surfer 🙂

You can tell that car is moving if the wheels are spinning. The cars are not necessarily moving straight in these pictures even if they look so.

Tannery Drifting

Tannery Drifting

Tannery Drifting

Tannery Drifting

Some drivers like to impress the spectators with a cloud of smoke.

Tannery Drifting

Tannery Drifting

I make myself comfortable on the concrete barrier. From here I can see everything quite close, and if I turn around I can see the cars on their way to the ‘drifting rink’ and back.

The last advice before the start?

Tannery Drifting

Age doesn’t matter, we all love drifting.

Tannery Drifting

I think I have picture of these people in the same place but in their winter clothes 🙂 The tires are gone though. Somebody put them on fire.

Tannery Drifting

Auto Chem, one of my favorite teams. I move my rug so that the weeds wouldn’t get into my next picture.

Tannery Drifting

All kinds of minor accidents happen during the drifting. Tire blowouts are the most common. I have seen a deflated tire hula-hoop, roll away, make a circle and return back to the car.

This car was doing just great, and then there was a loud boom.

Tannery Drifting

Tannery Drifting

This car is loosing its rear bumper but the driver never bothers to stop. After a few seconds the bumper frees itself from the car and flies away.

Tannery Drifting

This car hit the tires during the drift and got its bumper damaged.

Tannery Drifting

Tannery Drifting

Old tires can be quite agile when pushed.

Tannery Drifting

“Sorry, give us a second!”

Tannery Drifting

Sometimes a car has to be pushed using manpower.

Tannery Drifting

Tannery Drifting

After the drift.

Tannery Drifting

Tannery Drifting

Tannery Drifting

Some lads make alterations to their cars. I am not an expert to understand the purpose of this one. Improved aerodynamics or an emergency exit? Looks cute anyway.

Tannery Drifting

I take a peek inside the car.

Tannery Drifting

The cars are so clean that it makes me ashamed of mine…

Tannery Drifting

They use a motorcycle engine in this car. Doesn’t it look like a heart?

Tannery Drifting

I hope you love cars as I do. Enjoy your January, and if you are drifting stay focused like the driver in the picture.

Tannery Drifting

www.inesemjphotography.com  Have a wonderful week!

81 comments

    1. Jean, the smell of the rubber burnin’ accompanies me on the way home, and the tiny particles of the blown tires cover my camera lenses and my glasses 🙂 It is a part of the fun 🙂 Some shots come out great, most of them are blurred, but I just love to watch the action.

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    1. Thank you! Some pictures come out better than others, but I love the process of shooting them. Also, the nature of the pictures doesn’t require much of post editing, which means that I only have to resize them, or crop if necessary. Well, often I have to clean all the particles that had stuck to the lens – dust, smoke and tiny pieces of rubber when the tires explode 🙂

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  1. Ah, another side of you! Do you drive fast at all or is your love for Fast & Furious just because of the hunky actors? 🙂 Thank you for explaining the process of taking photos of those speeding cars. I sure love the feel of exhilaration you translate so well!

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    1. Thank you so much, Rose! I cannot drive too fast as I have a Micra, but I do have a bond with her 🙂 Loving the movies because of the principle of family and friendship they convey.
      Have you started a new blog? Your last post was in December. Let me know if you did. I am going to stop posting for the next 5-6 months, and it makes me sad, but I will be around to visit. If everything goes well I will be back in June xx

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      1. Nothing more valuable than family and friendship. I agree. The only other blog I have is Slashermonster. Work and other things have been keeping me busy, but I love checking to see what you’ve been photographing. I’ll try to post soon. I’ll miss seeing your work and will look forward to June. All the best, dear friend. ❤️

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        1. So you are mostly on the Slashermonster these days 🙂 I have lost the subscription for it. WordPress made a mess. I will look up the link in Google and visit soon. Be good ❤

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  2. I really liked this post, Inese! The setting is really interesting!
    More on the tannery will be nice to read about, dear friend. xo 💖
    I like in our country different crashing cars events. We call one a “demolition derby.” Our county fair is where my grandchildren like to watch the circular bumping and crashing each other.

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    1. Thank you Robin. I don’t know if I would like a Demolition Derby. I am not much in demolition 🙂 I rather love it when old things are given a new life, like it is in the Tannery. They sometimes crash by accident, but they repair it and start all over again 🙂 Many of these guys have no means to buy a new car.
      I am afraid that I won’t write anything until summer. I have material for the blog for a year ahead, but my mind is somewhere else these days. I will keep in touch and visit other blogs until I am ready to post again.
      xx

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      1. This is true about the demolition cars, they go to junk yards and fix up there old cars. I never would imagine liking this competition either. I understand completely! 💐
        I’m so worried. If you have anything you need to let me know, you can write on a post from a week or so ago. . . I will keep you in my prayers. 🙏 💗 Take care, dear Inese.

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    1. Thank you so much! I have never posted any of my drift pictures on this blog before. Actually, I haven’t posted a lot of everything 🙂 Glad you like them – it was fun to shoot, and the result is always a surprise for myself 🙂

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    1. Thank you! 🙂 Most of the lads take a good care of their old cars, and they have their own code of ethics, give a hand to each other etc. It is like a brotherhood. And I have never seen anyone argue with the boss 🙂 The Tannery is a special place with strong traditions, and Fiona is like a mother hen for all these rough drivers 😉

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  3. Do they call these places “skid pans” in England? Here in Canada, the equivalent would be (as you experienced!) driving on ice. Every now and then you can find an open parking lot covered in snow in which to practice donuts and handbrake turns. There used to be (40 + years ago) an ice racing series in Quebec for amateurs but I don’t know if they still do it. Looks like fun and a great photography challenge. And I’m glad to see the drivers wearing helmets.

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  4. Once more I have to seek you out as you don’t appear in my Reader! WP issues are irksome. Still find you I did and it seems you had a fantastic time. As ever, a super read and wonderful photography.

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    1. Thank you Diana! 🙂 I don’t know why I have never posted about the Tannery. There is always something else to write about. The drifting is fun to photograph, and the site itself is a gem 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Derrick! 🙂 I love the speed. When it came time to teach me how to drive, my Dad would take me to the old kart racing track. I might have problems parallel parking, but I take bends smoothly and don’t stop before making a turn 😉

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  5. What a very interesting post, Inese! One can tell that you had such fun making the pictures. 😄 How wonderful that there’s the possibility for those guys to have some fun without having to pay horrendous fees etc.
    Have a beautiful weekend! xxxxxxxxxxxxx ❤

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    1. Thank you so much, Sarah! It is fun to use the panning at a low shutter speed, hold the focus, and never know what to expect 🙂 It is a perpetual experiment. After 3 hours my memory card is full and it is the time to just sit back and enjoy the show. Exploring the tannery is another bonus.
      Have a great week, enjoy your January! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx ❤

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    1. Thank you so much! I love to watch them drift 🙂 If I come early, and if the weather permits, I wander around and take other pictures. The owners of the site don’t mind. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  6. This is so cool and really fun to watch (and take pictures too). I’ve heard of the drifting but only from small remote control cars. They race in parking lot on weekend.

    You have pretty good shots of these and thank you for the tips. I will try to remember when taking pictures of moving objects as these.

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    1. Thank you so much! 🙂 There are some 30 pictures in the blog and I just had no energy to add a link to a larger image. I might do it later, one at a time 🙂
      For the sport photography I like the slow shutter technique much better than freezing the motion because you can actually see the speed.

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    1. Exactly, Bruce. They are safe, and have plenty of space. And the entrance fee is just symbolic. Everything is well organised, no alcohol on the site, no fights. They are mostly amateur sportsmen.

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    1. Thank you! 🙂 These guys are so devoted to their sport. This is an amateur drifting. The real thing, professional sport is too expensive for a regular guy, and even the entrance fees would cost them hundreds of euro. So would a ticket 🙂 Here I pay 5 euro, take my pictures and have a good fun day 🙂

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        1. No, I haven’t. I am not sure how to do it with my automatic transmission, and my handbrake has barely passed NCT this year. But I did drift and spin on a patch of black ice, and then was tossed to the grass in the middle of the roundabout where all this circus happened. Does it count as drifting I wonder? 😉

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            1. Accidental drifter is a terrific title, and I hope you will use it. The problem is that I won’t go anywhere until July, but as soon as I go I will make a short video, and also will ask the lads to pose for me in the tannery 🙂

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            2. In verse, to song, ‘drifter’ offers so much scope for a lyric. We might be able to do something with this you know. ‘Just George’ – that seems to be what they all call me now!

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            3. Yes, exactly. I thought about that. I keep going to the drifting, take pictures and hope a good idea will pop up some day.
              “Just George’? Ah, ‘that George’ who is so incredibly gifted both in poetry and music creation? Got it, man 😉

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