Since a young age I was always interested in cars, probably cos my dad was a mechanic so spent time at the garage after school waiting for him as a kid. As I grew up so did my love of cars reading magazines like max power fast car etc and watching the world rally, f1 and British touring cars. So when I picked up a camera for the first time this gave me the chance to capture the images I saw in the magazines as a kid and recreate my own.
Over the past couple of years as a photographer I have been to multiple races up and down the country experiencing the Hightower of the time attack series to the side ways action of the drift racing all capturing this at the same time
As with any profession you get better with time and from looking at my images I can see how I have progressed as a photographer by applying new skills and techniques to my Motorsport photography as well as gaining better knowledge of my cameras so let’s have a look how my images have developed.
Here we have a Vauxhall Vectra taken on the pit straight at Oulton park as you can see I have managed to get a bit of a pan on the picture where the car is in focus but the background is blurred to give that element of speed found in Motorsport photography but as the spokes of the wheels are still quite defined this therfore let’s down the element of speed I originally aimed for and the whole picture but i was young and less clued up but still find this a good attempt for what was my first outing at a motorsport event with my camera.
Here we have the fans favourite rob Austin in ‘Sherman’ the Audi a4 here I have used for ground to help with the element of speed if you can see the grey blue in the foreground is actually a lamppost so this is adding to the blur effect also I have managed to drag the shutter for 1/60th of a second as oppose to shorter shutter lengths I have used in previous years.
Here’s this years attempt and now able to pick up the camera and dial in the settings and coming out with a good pan pretty much every time and keeping the background blurred and the car in focus which can be seen in the car lively which isn’t distorted I’ve even started to experiment with different lenses this was taken with my 50mm lense which would normally be used for portraits which also proves you don’t need a massive telephoto to get Motorsport pictures
hopefully I can continue with the progression until I can one day create flawless Motorsport photography you see in publications.