WEC 2016: Round 1 – Silverstone

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Whilst Formula 1 continues to experience troubles the World Endurance Championship increases in popularity year after year.

Round 1 at Silverstone attracted a sizeable and enthusiastic race-day crowd. But then what’s not to like? For the princely sum of £40 per person you get a weekend ticket with free parking, roving access to grandstands, access to both ELMS, Carrera Cup and WEC paddocks, a 4hr ELMS race on Saturday and the 6hr main WEC event on Sunday. I was also sent a free Sunday morning Pit-Walk Pass. If you want a similar level of access for Formula 1 be prepared to part with several hundred pounds per person.

Shot with Canon 550D & 200mm F2.8 L lens, ISO200 F4 1/1000
Shot with Canon 550D & 200mm F2.8 L lens, ISO200 F4 1/1000 – The WEC Class of 2016 – how many ex-F1 drivers and sons of legends can you spot…?
Shot with Canon EOS M & EF-M 22mm F2 prime, ISO100 F2 1/1000
Shot with Canon EOS M & EF-M 22mm F2 prime, ISO100 F2 1/1000 – Rebellion Pit-stop Practice from the Wings’ balcony

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Photography: Thought Of The Day

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“It’s not what you’ve got, it’s how you use it…”

I was lucky enough to attend the first round of the BTCC at Brands Hatch this weekend. The weather was mostly fine and Brands looked in rude health.

On the Saturday – during the Porsche Carrera Cup qualifying session – I found myself in the centre of druids hairpin, always a fun place to shoot from. I’d attached my cheap, lightweight EF-S 55-250mm F4-5.6 IS II zoom lens to the camera, for its more useful focal-length coverage, compared to my 200mm prime. Thus allowing me to have fun with subject framing at close quarters.

I was intending to use the session to play with different compositions and get my panning technique back on point, after the winter lay-off from motorsport.

Then the sun came out and provided some lovely light, so I got busy with the shutter button.

Gradually slowing the shutter speed for a more dramatic motion effect – I didn’t expect a huge amount from this session, as I was just experimenting – but when I loaded up the RAW files in the evening I was pleasantly surprised.

Shot with Canon 550D and EF-S 55-250mm F4-5.6 IS II zoom at ISO100, F13, 1/80
Click to view larger; Shot with Canon 550D and EF-S 55-250mm F4-5.6 IS II zoom at 90mm, ISO100, F13, 1/80

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