Rally Australia for 2016
For something a bit different, I headed up to Coffs Harbour to cover the final round of World Rally Championship for 2016, Rally Australia.
I’ve been lucky enough to cover Rally Australia a few times in the past. This year the team at Auto Action asked me to head up Coffs to cover the final rounds of the World Rally Championship, Australian Rally Championship and the NSW Rally for the next couple of issues of the magazine.
It was great opportunity to do something very different form my usual work. Covering rally is complete contrast to circuit racing from a photographers point of view. Every stage is a stunning new landscape. Then add to the mix dirt roads, dust and a variety of other natural elements and rally offer so many opportunities to create fantastic photos.
However there is a trade off, unlike circuit racing, where cars complete many laps. Rally cars only make one or two passes on each stage. With so many cars to photograph (covering the WRC, ARC and NSW cars) and the stages being spread over such a large area. I was limited with the opportunities to capture the cars, only getting two or three chances at getting the shot throughout a day. So I couldn’t afford too creative and risk not getting the shot.
As for the event itself was fantastic. WRC cars are unbelievable to witness in person and Coffs Harbour is a stunning setting for them to compete. If you haven’t been already then I’d highly recommend heading to Rally Australia next year. It’s definitely something that needs to be seen.
My Favourite Photo from Rally Australia
This shot of Thierry Neuville on Bakers Creek stage, the opening stage of Friday’s action, was my favourite from the entire rally. It’s a concept I had in mind prior to the event. My idea was to use the dust kicked up by the car to contrast against the green grass of the farmland, while also using it showcasing the movement of the car through a stage.
This particular section of the Bakers Creek stage, which was also a spectator point, offered the best vantage point to put together the particular shot I had in mind. With the roads being dry and extremely dusty the concept worked out really well as the first few cars passed through the stage.
Below are a few more of my photos of the WRC cars that stood to me from Rally Australia. I’ve also posted a small gallery of photos of some of the other classes (WRC2, ARC etc) on my Facebook page. Feel free to check those out as well.
As I mentioned before Rally is a different dynamic to circuit racing. I’d certainly be interested in cover more of it in 2017, as long as it’s was worthwhile. If you’d like to know more about my photo and media packages for the 2017 motorsport season, or any of the other services I provide. Just get in touch via my contact me page or any of my social media accounts.
In the meantime I’ve still got a couple of events left to cover before the 2016 motorsport season wraps up. Next up I’ll be back out at Mt Panorama for Challenge Bathurst.