The minimal approach

by Helen Hooker July. 23, 2020 490 views

When we went to Brands Hatch a couple of weeks ago, alongside the digital camera and long lens I tucked in my little Olympus XA film camera. Already loaded with some fastish monochrome film, I thought it might be fun to try some motorsport photography with a minimal approach. The Olympus has a fixed 35mm lens so I had to look for compositions which would suit a moderately wide angle lens. This enabled me to capture some of the curves of the track and the socially distanced spectators.

I couldn't resist this little bear family in one of the cars parked near us!

I couldn't resist this little bear family in one of the cars parked near us!

Socially distanced motorsport

Socially distanced motorsport

I also tried my hand at some panning shots. I had no idea how well these would work, but the fact that the camera is a manual focus rangefinder made life simpler. I pre-focused on the spot on the track where the cars would cross my viewfinder, set the aperture and shutter speed and then I was free to simply concentrate on panning smoothly and keeping the car in the frame. To my amazement I had quite a few successes with this approach and I think they even capture a sense of the speed. Not bad for a camera more traditionally associated with street photography!

23 July 2020

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