Photographer Rick Wenner was recently sent to Wildwood, New Jersey, to shoot a peculiar event called “The Race of Gentlemen.” It’s a gathering of drag racers who speed across a beach on pre-war era hot rods and motorcycles — the “perfect event for black-and-white photography,” Wenner says.
Wenner was equipped with a Phase One XF IQ3 100MP Achromatic camera system that captures a 101-megapixel black-and-white photo with each exposure. The $49,990 IQ3 100MP Achromatic is the world’s only 101MP digital back dedicated to monochrome photos.
Focusing solely on detail, motion, and style, Wenner shot both portraits of people at the event — racers, builders, and spectators alike — as well as action photos of the races themselves.
“Black and white photography is a great approach to focus completely on the detail and art of these beautiful machines,” Wenner tells Phase One. “Color in these photographs would look great too, but I just think that stripping color away makes you focus on the textures, lines, and shapes.
“You aren’t distracted by a bright blue sky or a yellow-green paint job on a hot rod. You are not distracted by the colorful tattoos or the rust and patina of an old delivery truck. Your eye is only looking at what I want the viewers to see in my photos – detail, texture, facial expressions, style, shapes, and action.”
Wenner was blown away by how much detail 101-megapixel photos can capture.
“I had no idea what to expect of the 100MP files, other than the resolution would be double what I get from my IQ350 that I use all the time,” the photographer tells PetaPixel. “When I got back to the hotel room and downloaded all the memory cards and was finally able to see 100% zoom, I was blown away by the detail that camera can capture. Absolutely stunning!
“Retouching was a fun time too because you’re able to recover so much detail in the highlights and shadows.”
You can browse some of the ultra-high-res photos in an interactive photo viewer on the Phase One website. Here’s a photo and a crop that shows the detail you can achieve:
Here are some of the other photos Wenner captured at The Race of Gentlemen:
You can find the entire set of photos from this event on Wenner’s website.