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GSH
26th of February 2006 (Sun), 12:09
After not picking up the camera for the best part of 6 weeks, i decided i'd better seek out some unsuspecting drivers to point it at and take a few shots.
A nice, local opportunity in the way of the Hartlepool & District Motor Club's monthly Autotest seemed ideal :)

They do this on the final Sunday of each month in the less than glamorous location we know as the Shopping Centre car-park, so angles were somewhat limited and the weather could only be described as dull and f.f.f..f.f.f.freezing.

A bit of MK2 Escort action...

http://www.pbase.com/geoff_hubbert/image/56549800/large.jpg

This driver seemed to be enjoying things. Personally i think an open top car was madness on a day when Polar Bears were wearing thermal undies...

http://www.pbase.com/geoff_hubbert/image/56549818/large.jpg

A MK2 RS2000 with the "Pits" in the background.

http://www.pbase.com/geoff_hubbert/image/56549808/large.jpg

A bit of FWD Nova type fun..

http://www.pbase.com/geoff_hubbert/image/56549815/large.jpg

I like the number plate.. :lol:

http://www.pbase.com/geoff_hubbert/image/56549811/large.jpg

I didn't stay long so there's only a few shots online, but you're bored enough to look, they're
here! (http://www.pbase.com/geoff_hubbert/autotest&page=all)

All shot wih the 20D and Sigma 70-200 EX.

Cheers for looking :)

Ian_H
26th of February 2006 (Sun), 13:40
Good clean cheap motorsport, the guy in the MKII in the 1st shot seems to be burning a bit of rubber :)



Cheers
Ian

GSH
26th of February 2006 (Sun), 16:11
Good clean cheap motorsport, the guy in the MKII in the 1st shot seems to be burning a bit of rubber :)



As well as the burning rubber there were a few dropped sumps which cause some fun and games.

The entry was a bit limited today, less than 10 cars but hopefully they'll come out to play with the sun in the coming months...

My challenge now is how to make shots in a car-park look interesting :rolleyes:

Gordon S.
26th of February 2006 (Sun), 20:10
Definitely work on slowing your shutters. The shots are well framed but they have very little sense of motion other than the lean. No movement to the tires or blur to the background.

GSH
27th of February 2006 (Mon), 09:52
Definitely work on slowing your shutters. The shots are well framed but they have very little sense of motion other than the lean. No movement to the tires or blur to the background.


Thanks but i already knew that ;)

The problem is the cars are constantly stopping / slowing down and slowing the shutter down much further will cause camera shake.

I've never shot Autotests before and don't really plan to make a habit of it to be honest, i'll stick to circuits & the occasional rally :)

despot
27th of February 2006 (Mon), 13:34
With all those Escorts I thought you were at a rally ;)
Looks like you made the most of the limited action.
Andy

GSH
27th of February 2006 (Mon), 13:39
With all those Escorts I thought you were at a rally ;)
Looks like you made the most of the limited action.
Andy


If it hadn't been for the Mk2's i'd have gone straight home. Somehow Nova's just don't do it for me...

They're not my best shots by a long way, but it's always nice to try something a bit different :)

ajbalazic
27th of February 2006 (Mon), 15:42
Looks like a lot of fun for both you and the drivers.

Cadwell
27th of February 2006 (Mon), 17:28
Nicely done, Geoff. There's a lot of fun to be had in grass roots motorsport and it doesn't get much more grass roots than this! As you have said, with this kind of event the cars really aren't moving fast enough to generate any real motion blur so you need to concentrate on something else to get the sense of action. In this case you seem to have gone for the driver's expressions and I think it's worked really well. I'll be interested to see more from later events.

I have a similar style shoot I do with the Vintage Sports Car Club at Brooklands each year. Much more exotic tin but the idea is the same.

GSH
28th of February 2006 (Tue), 10:20
Thanks for that Glenn. I actually did make a conscious effort to focus on the drivers but i'll happily admit i need to work on my framing. The crop tool is a marvellous thing ;)

When i were a lad (cue Hovis Music) i used to to this event quite regular with my father, but this is the first time i've been in years.

I was talking to one of the chaps from the Club and he asked if i'd be going again, particularly to a British Championship event later in the summer where the likes of Dermot Carnegie (of RallyX fame) and the one & only Russ Swift have been known to show up in the past.

There were no other photographers present that i could see, so i claim my first ever exclusive :lol: