Here was my annual trip to a local rally in Blackpool the past few years I have gone to watch the rally on the Blackpool promenade at night but this year I thought I would take the afternoon off work and go and have a look at the cars checking in at the start stage at the Blackpool Norbeck Castle hotel.
There is a wide variety of cars that enter the event so I knew I would capture some nice cars if I sat round the pits and watched the cars coming in to be checked out for scrutenearing. The cars ranged from small Sunday rally minis to competition level Subaru’s and ford focus’s and even the odd group B rally car thrown into the mix such as metro 6R4 and a Ferrari which nobody would picture on a rally course
I only spent a few hours at the event but managed to get quite a few images I was favouring my Nikon 70-200 f2.8 lens on the day I hadn’t used this before on static shots but the quality of the lens blew me away on how crisp the images were
I also opted for my new 35mm lens f1.8 for the close up detail shots giving me the shallow depth of field (blur background) I like when taking close up shots throwing the background out of focus which I think makes the image more attractive and giving the subject more importance. I solely picked the 35mm as I already have the 50mm but with places like shows and events I have to stand quite far away with the 50mm to get a car in frame due to the 1.5 crop factor of the d7100 body thus making the 50mm lens more like a 85mm so by using the 35mm lens I get the 50mm focal length I desire.
I have still yet to get to a proper daytime rally stage yet to capture rally images so hopefully I can get to the Grizedale stages which are staged in the lake district in November