There shall be no elaborate introductions this week. Instead we’re going to get right into the midst of what #IAMTHESPEEDHUNTER is all about – the awesome photography. Eric Delaney kicks off this week’s round up with a cracking shot of Mr. Block in full flight at a recent Rally America round. I know that capturing a rally car in full flight is on most automotive photographers’ bucket list. The trick to capturing this is to recce and research the stages beforehand, get yourself low and with run with a fast shutter speed for this sort of head on shot.
Generally speaking, anytime you’re trying to capture a car in motion either directly head-on or as it goes away from you, you should be aiming to keep the depth of field as narrow as possible and shutter relatively fast. It’s quite difficult to emphasise speed when a car is travelling towards you,unless you try to ‘zoom burst’.
If a car is passing you by like above, wind your shutter speed down, stand with your feet a shoulders width apart and track the cars with your waist for a smooth panning shot. It sounds simple, but can be tricky. Lots of practice is required to capture something like Rob’s shot.
When I first started out shooting many years ago, I asked the drivers what they thought made the best drifting photograph. The response I got was something not too far away from this – head on, lots of lock and smoke (or snow in this case) pouring off the back. What Rasmus has done is framed the car on the right hand side, to allow plenty of room to show the trail of snow.
Although it might seem easier on paper (after all the car isn’t moving), shooting a static set is probably the toughest assignment we get on Speedhunters. This is a really unique concept delivered exquisitely with consideration for composition, processing and colour toning.
Another great example with a well polished finish.
You can push your work as far as or as little as you want with static shoots. If you want that commercial feel, go for it.
Or if you want something a little bit more LoFi – but equally as effective – you can choose that route too.
This was a personal favourite of mine this week. The rear of the car poking out of the smoke, along with pieces of flying rubber that you nearly have to pick out of your teeth and hair. You can almost smell it.
A subtle tilt of the camera can work really well from time to time (just be careful not to over do it). Look how the photographer has paid attention to the light and shadow in this picture to capture the best possible image.
It’s the starring of the highlights that create an interesting visual in this photograph. These can be achieved by using a star filter or more traditionally by stopping your lens down to a high f/number.
The balance of artificial and natural light here create something a little bit out of the ordinary. Great mix of colours too.
Although the awesome RenaultSport Clios are prone to cocking a wheel at times, you need to understand and know when it’s most likely to happen on a particular course or circuit. It’s then a simple case of positioning yourself and waiting for the moment to happen.
Before we finish up, just a reminder that our Slow Shutter theme is still open for another week or so but our regular submissions for the weekly round ups are open all year around.
See you next week folks, safe shooting.
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