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Opportunity for press pass, but should I take it?

 
Ingsy
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May 31, 2010 15:23 |  #1

I'm fortunate enough to somehow get the opportunity to get a press pass for Castle Combe in a couple of weeks time. However, and this may well sound quite odd, I'm not sure I want it.

The reason is kit. Look at my sig, it's all basic beginner stuff. I'd feel a complete fraud having a white vest and being in front of the fence.

I guess I can hire something, but I've never shot at Combe before, so I've got no idea what to get, where to get it from (lenses for hire I guess - anyone used them?), or anything else - what's the etiquette? Stay out of everyone else's way even if it's to the detriment of me?

Or should I just stop worrying and make the most of it?


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May 31, 2010 15:26 |  #2

Well I have just looked through some of your other posts and you have not done too bad a job from the wrong side of the fence with your current kit, so give it a go :-)


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Jun 01, 2010 00:59 as a reply to  @ neil_r's post |  #3

I'd make the most of it and get the press pass. Experience is everything. Shots in your portfolio on the other side of the fence won't hurt and may help you build on securing future passes. Someone must have been really impressed with your shots to entrust you with a press pass. I wouldn't pass it up for anything because they are hard to get without the right connections in place. Good luck and remember to post pics!


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Jun 01, 2010 01:11 |  #4

Any opportunity you get....you take... go for it

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Jun 01, 2010 04:37 |  #5

I agree with the posts above. Take full advantage of it, experience is everything. When a door opens step through.
I am not familiar with the track and shooting spots although at any track when you have the opportunity to be in front of the fence, being safe and aware of where you are shooting from is important.

Otherwise enjoy and have a great time. Look forward to pics if you decide to take the opportunity.


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Jun 01, 2010 05:05 |  #6

Grab the opportunity with both hands !

I'm lucky enough to have some access to pitlane/grid for BSB this year and am making the most of getting some decent shots, although not from where the media vest allow you around the trackside. However I'm already supplying two teams and two sponsors with images from the rounds.


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Jun 01, 2010 05:09 |  #7

Having a press pass doesn't neccessarily mean that you only have to take photos of the action on the track. You'll find some great opportunities with your shorter lenses in the paddocks, places where most press guys won't look at that much.

It's also a great opportunity for you to get further progress. Talk to some of the drivers/teams, take some photos of them and pass your details on. You never know, you may well make some connections that will serve you well in the future.


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Jun 01, 2010 05:16 as a reply to  @ Pete's post |  #8

+1 to everything that has been said. One of my main connections for a lot of my work was made when I was offered to shoot a promo event for fun which put me in contact with a PR rep who loved the photos and the rest is history. If you have the opportunity, GO for it!


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Jun 01, 2010 05:16 |  #9

Take the opportunity! You'll learn tons and have a lot of fun no matter what happens.




  
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Jun 01, 2010 07:42 |  #10

Thanks for the replies. It's not for a major international event or anything but it's a start.

I guess I just didn't want to not do the opportunity justice due to lack of kit meaning I can't make the most of it. I think I'll go for it, and maybe use it as an excuse to rent a nice big fat lens :)


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Jun 01, 2010 08:18 |  #11

Why not rent some lenses since you will have really good access?


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Jun 01, 2010 08:20 |  #12

Go for it! You see some guys with compacts out trackside occasionally.


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Jun 01, 2010 11:59 |  #13

Give it a whirl. Nothing ventured, nothing gained etc but be sure to check out the insurance situation first.

As Andrew has said, you see some truly bizarre sights at some fairly big meetings. Someone trackside with a P&S at a Brands Hatch BTCC meeting is one that sticks in my mind.

It's a shame you're a bit too far South or i'd be happy to lend you a lens or 2 to silence any potential gear snobs ;)


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Ingsy
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Jun 01, 2010 13:47 |  #14

Heh, thanks for the offer Geoff :)

It's a Britcar meeting so nothing hugely international or anything, but there have been people at the previous rounds with serious kit.

I'm looking into the insurance situation now - that may be a stumbling block but hopefully will get it all sorted in time.


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Jun 01, 2010 18:38 |  #15

lensrentals.com I just sent a 135f2 back this morning


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