We asked some of our favourite photographers to pick their best snaps from the 73rd Members’ Meeting and tell us what it was like photographing the action. Welcome to the first of our ‘Snappers Selection…’
‘My favourite shot from the weekend is of the Mercedes F1 car being driven by Anthony Davidson. I wanted to get a panning shot of the car with the paddocks and crowds in the background, so I positioned myself on the other side of the track.
‘Normally with panning shots you have an idea how fast the car will be going – and thus how best to set the camera up with the right shutter speed and aperture. However, Anthony was in a car he’d never driven before on a circuit he doesn’t know well. He probably had little idea how fast he was going to pass me and I certainly didn’t! I did know though that it was only a two-lap demonstration so I’d only have two chances to get the photo I wanted.
‘The first time he passed me he was absolutely flying! I found out afterwards that earlier in that lap he’d been doing around 180mph. This made my job even harder, but with a little bit of luck and skill, I managed to get the shot I wanted first time.
‘Apart from the action shots you can get on the circuit, the thing I love about being a photographer at the Members’ Meeting is the motoring heritage on display in the paddocks – with all the cars lined up and looking their best, what an opportunity this is for lovely detail shots.‘
Don’t forget to let us know what your favourite photographs are – ed