I don’t know about you, but I always find it fascinating to see current events shot on old cameras. Whether it’s stills or motion, it’s an interesting insight into how differently it sees the world differently compared to the cameras of today. And on April 20th, 2019, Nick Shirrell saw the world differently when he shot a car race through the viewfinder of a Canon 1218 Super 8 camera from 1968.
Photographing a Porsche is a special experience for me, as I am a racing fan, and Porsche is racing. They are the essence of speed on the curving tracks they have graced around the world, and on a photoshoot they are just as incredible sitting still. It is for this and many other reasons that I count myself lucky to stand behind the camera while photographing the art pieces that are Porsche race cars.
Today I wanted to show some that you may have seen before, as well as some that have not been shown until now. Each car is unique in its pedigree and history, but all share the common trait of being absolutely stunning in front of the camera. While there are many that can go into great detail about every turn these cars have taken, I cannot, but I can describe what it was like to photograph them.
We all take risks for our art of some form or another. For some, that risk is getting into debt to satisfy gear lust. For others, the risks are a little more physical. And those physical risks often seem to present themselves for motor racing photographers and videographers. As this video clip just goes to show.
There’s not really any information to go along with the clip, but it appears to be a rally somewhere in Russia. Then we see Car number 50 hurtle around a corner, all four tyres off the ground, before losing control, barely missing a guy shooting video on the side lines, tumbling several times, finally landing in a ditch.
One of the more interesting photo techniques used in sports and racing photography is panning. Not only does it provide context to the speed and motion involved, it also isolates the subject matter, making for an interesting composition.
The concept seems simple, but as many years of shooting has taught me, it’s anything but. To help anyone wanting to get started with the panning technique, The Fuji Guys have shared a helpful tutorial on how to best approach the panning technique when trackside.[Read More…]
Getting credentials to any Foruma 1 event is a notable achievement. Thus, when presented with the opportunity, it’s best to act in a professional manner and not get in the way of the teams and drivers when they’re going about their business.
During this week’s pre-season testing in Barcelona, it appears one photographer didn’t abide by the unwritten rules when he defiantly stood in front of the new W07 Formula 1 vehicle of Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton while his team was making tweaks in the pit.
As you can see in the clip, he almost paid the price by becoming an unwilling sponsor on the Mercedes team’s new livery, even after he was asked twice to move out of the way (he was actually asked three times, as can be seen in the full-length video below).[Read More…]