One of the biggest frustrations of this year’s pandemic is the cancellation of all the historic racing events we were due to attend at Goodwood. While the restrictions have recently eased Goodwood remains closed so we’ve been searching for alternatives to sate our need for speed.
We recently learnt that historic racing is gradually resuming at various circuits around the country so we’ve booked for two events. The first of these was at Brands Hatch this weekend, so we booked for today and slowly wended our way there in Morris for the full old car fix.
As we watched the racing I quickly realised how out of practice I am – after all, the last time I photographed cars at speed was last September. It took me a while to get my eye in, especially as I was shooting at an unfamiliar circuit.
One of my other projects today was to practise some slow speed panning. I’ve never successfully managed to pan below about 1/160 of a second, but I decided not to be beaten today. Using the new lens I bought last November I found I could get a few successful shots at slower speeds thanks to its built in image stabilisation. Eventually I came away with one at 1/80 and another a 1/40 and you can really see the difference, in terms of blurred backgrounds and a real sense of motion. Naturally, there were lots of failures too, but no one else need see them!
12 July 2020