Australian Grand Prix – 2015
G’day! The 2015 Formula 1 season kicked off in Melbourne last weekend with the Australian Grand Prix. I was fortunate enough to be in town to cover some of the support categories at the Albert Park circuit.
I was only able to get National Media Accreditation for the event, which is ok, that met my job requirements just fine. It just meant that when it came to taking photos of the Formula 1 cars, I was doing it through the fence from the general admission area, just like everyone else.
Now before I get into some of my favourite photos from the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, I’d like to share a few links to articles I put together for MyDrive over the weekend, as well as the work I was doing as the Heritage Touring Cars category photographer for the weekend.
- V8 Supercar Wrap Up – MyDrive – http://mydrivemedia.com.au/v8supercars-entertain-at-the-australian-grand-prix/
- Carrera Cup Wrap Up – MyDrive – http://mydrivemedia.com.au/porsche-carrera-cup-takes-on-albert-park/
- Heritage Touring Cars – http://www.heritagetouringcars.com.au/heritage-touring-cars-at-the-2015-formula-1-rolex-australian-grand-prix-by-rhys-vandersyde/
Here are a few of my favourite photos from the Formula 1 cars. As I mentioned previously, I was shooting through the fence just like most spectators. So I thought I’d give you a few tips for shooting through the fence in this blog post.
When shooting through the fence, you’ve got two choices, try to make it disappear, or use it as a feature. To make the fence disappear you need to take advantage of a long lens (200mm or longer) with a narrow depth of field (wide aperture) to blur the fence out of the photo. You’ve got to get as close to the fence as you are able (within the safety limitations), and then create some separation between the car you are shooting and the fence with some distance. Ideally you’d also like to find a section of the fence that is in shade while the track is in sunlight, or alternatively take advantage of an overcast day like I did. The darker the fence is, the easier it is to make it all but disappear, as per the next 4 photos.
Alternatively you can include the fence in the photo and use it as a feature. In an ideal situation I would have liked the fence to be in the shade while the car was in sun light which would have made for a better photo. But in this instance I’ve used panning to draw focus back to the car in this shot.
Here are just a couple of my favourite photos from the 4 V8 Supercar races over the event. For the V8’s I wanted to capture both the racing action and the fast flowing nature of the circuit. Make sure you check out the articles listed above to see more of the photos from the Grand Prix.
Now for some of my favourite photos from the Carrera Cup action over the weekend. Again it was about capturing the racing action of the Porsche’s while showcasing speed and the flowing nature of the track.
I was the official photographer for the Heritage Touring Car category for the Melbourne Grand Prix. So I’ve supplied them with plenty of photos of their action in the link above. Here’s a couple of action shots from their races that caught my attention.
Off track there was plenty going on as well, with several air displays from the RAAF and Qantas. Here’s one of the shots I liked from the RAAF action over the weekend with an F/A-18 Hornet completing a dirty run over the track.
Since I put the stats up for the Clipsal 500, I’ll do it again for the Melbourne GP. Over the course of the 4 days of the Australian Grand Prix I ended up walking over 86,000 steps for a total of 52 kilometres, which was almost enough to complete 10 laps of the Albert Park circuit, or 1/6th the distance of the F1 race.
That wraps up me up the Australian Grand Prix for 2015. If you’d like to keep up to date with my latest events make sure you follow along on any of my social media accounts – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Google+. Alternatively if you’d like to get in touch about photographing a future event, publishing images and rates you can do so via my contact me page.