Motorsports Photography

by John P Kernodle

May 10, 2016

At the May 10th meeting of the Camera Club of Oak Ridge, John Kernodle will be making a presentation on sports and action photography. He will present a slideshow of his Motorsports Photography images followed by a talk on sports and action photography gear and technique. While the focus will be on motor racing photography, the subjects covered should benefit anyone interested in shooting any type of sports or action.

John has been a avid photographer since 1979 when he got married and his wife Carrie suggested that they should get a “nice 35mm camera.” That comment triggered the purchase of a Canon AE1 and she has since come to regret her suggestion, given the large portion of the family income that has been spent on Canon and other photography equipment since then.

John’s career as an attorney also began in 1979. After retiring from the Tennessee Valley Authority legal department in early 2013 and he is now further pursing his photography passion by operating the “hobby” business of Kernodle.Photography. John’s other passions are sports cars and all types of motor racing; therefore, these are the most frequent subjects of his photography.

John earned a Photography Certificate from the University of Tennessee in 2013 and he continues to develop his photography skills by regularly taking UT and other photography courses and seminars and by taking part in photo competitions. He is a member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), Tennessee Professional Photographers Association (TNPPA), Professional Photographers of East Tennessee (PPETN), and Southern Appalachian Nature Photographers (SANP). His motorsports photography has been published in Cars & Parts magazine and SportsCar magazine; and can frequently be seen on racing and automotive websites. In 2016, John is photographing the 50th Anniversary season of the Trans Am professional racing series and its 12 race weekends at racetracks all over the eastern United States and west of the Mississippi river at Brainerd, Minnesota and Austin, Texas.

John’s website is