Photo of the week
This final instalment from Sydney Motorsport Park shows some of the off track action, including the behind the scenes work. To put on a major event like this takes a huge amount of planning and a bit of luck. I should know as part of my day job I helped prepare the transport and access plan for the venue which eventually was adapted through consultation with Council, Police, and Roads and Maritime Services to produce the traffic management plan. This was important in this case as the venue was recently re-branded after a track extension and additional upgrades. This was also the first time the V8 Supercars returned to the venue since the competing race at Homebush was introduced, and it is hoped that the venue could become the permanent and only venue for V8s in the Sydney area. Therefore, it was important that fans and participants had a good experience to encourage them to come back for other events.
The photography was all based on natural light which was quite bright with a distinct lack of cloud cover. Unfortunately a lack of shade at the venue meant shooting outside in direct sun most of the time, although when possible I used the available shade for softer light. Most of these shots were taken with the 16-35mm and 100mm lenses on the 5Dmkiii. I really enjoyed the family friendly atmosphere that really encouraged fans to walk around the pit garages and meet the drivers and see what the mechanics were doing. This is so different to other events, Formula 1 and MotoGP, where the majority of fans are kept well away from the race teams and even most of the pit girls. If you are a photographer looking to get into motorsport I would suggest the V8s as a good place to get practice for motorsport photography including the atmosphere. Although getting experience with panning and other techniques for shooting dynamic photographs of race cars can be gained cheaper by attending smaller club meets for as little as $10 or $15.
Thanks for reading and looking through the photographs from this event throughout this series of posts.