Photography, and Travel

Tag: Racing

Only holiday of the year!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted something!  Just haven’t been out with the camera much this year at all.

It’s taken a holiday to get me to post, and what a holiday it was 🙂

I went with a couple of friends to Austria for the Austrian F1 Grand Prix.  The plan was to visit Vienna for a few days, head down to Graz for the race weekend and commute to the Red Bull Ring in Spielburg, and then spend the final few days in Salzburg before going back to Vienna to catch our flight home.

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Holiday part 1 – Croft Circuit

Yes, I’ve been on holiday again!  This time I started by going to Croft Circuit to cover the British Touring Car Championship.  There was also the Ginetta SuperCup, Ginetta Juniors, Renault UK Clio Cup, and the F4 British Championship being raced.

I was there for the Saturday qualifying and races, but managed to miss the 12 car pile up in the BTCC by a few seconds.  I was at that corner, but as nothing was happening there I moved around and typically I missed all the action.  Luckily all of the injured are alive and relatively well.  I quite enjoyed trying to pan race cars and at one point on the Sunday I got to the point were I was panning at 1/50th of a second and actually getting some shots in focus and sharp.

Below is a selection of images from the day.  I took well over a thousand and I imagine that’s the normal for the pros who are track side.

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Going out of my comfort zone

Apparently, in order to improve your photography you should go out of  your comfort zone and shoot something that you don’t normally shoot.  I had the opportunity to go with a friend of mine to watch his brother race at Glan Y Gors Park.  It was a sunny day with intermittent cloud cover, this meant I had shots that either came out really sunny or dull.  I also had to quickly learn how to pan with the karts and use a shutter speed slow enough to get the wheels spinning but fast enough to make up for the lack of panning skill. (It’s easier to photograph military jets at the mach loop I think!)

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