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On Sunday 26 August I had a chance to go watch the V8 Supercars race around Sydney Motorsport Park courtesy of ARDC. I met up with fellow photographer Keith McInnes whose work can be found at http://www.mcinnesphotography.com.au/ or on his Google + profile. I also met up with my workmate Jack who ended up being very helpful when I was given an opportunity to ride around in a V8 Supercar Experience vehicle during a parade lap, with both him and Keith taking some photographs of me in the car. It was an interesting experience riding in a pseudo V8 Supercar (it wasn’t a full V8 Supercar but a modified production car) around the track as I could feel how the vehicles were likely to react to the turns and changes in elevation.
On to the photography, I brought two camera bodies and a variety of lenses to shoot the action on and off the track. The 5D mkIII had a wide angle 16-35mm lens on it which sometimes came off for some portraits with the 100mm macro. The 40D had a 70-200mm which was sometimes coupled with a 1.4X extender for close ups on the track, especially when combined with the crop factor of the 40D. The weather was sunny and bright allowing a good choice of depth of field and shutter speed combinations at low ISOs. I tended towards slower shutter speeds for the most part, around 1/125 of a second, to give me the nice sense of speed and wheels that weren’t frozen. I also took some shots where I froze the action with shutter speeds generally at or above 1/500, but most of those shots were just too static for my taste.
We ended up moving around the track and thinking out our positions and types of shots before hand. A big thank you to Keith for thinking of the shot locations for us as I was a bit distracted with event operations, it really helped maximise our time and get some wonderful photographs. Our positions were picked not only by the type of shots we wanted but also by the position of the sun which moved significantly throughout the day. The race end coincided with the end of golden hour and signalled for us to depart, which was a good thing because I pretty much filled up all of my memory cards by then.
More to come with a second post showing some of the photographs from the actual race.