My Kit

Get up to speed with the choice gear of a For­mula 1 rac­ing pho­tog­ra­pher

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have al­ways loved pho­tog­ra­phy, and my in­ter­ests are not con­fined to one any

genre. I en­joy as­tropho­tog­ra­phy with the same sense of awe as I do land­scapes, wildlife and sport.

For­mula 1 is an ex­tremely thrilling event and the big­gest chal­lenge for the pho­tog­ra­pher is to be able to cap­ture a sense of speed in a still frame when the cars zoom past on the race­track in ex­cess of 300kph. Pho­tograph­ing F1 re­quires spe­cial skills, but also a sound knowl­edge of the sport.

I use all of the lenses in my col­lec­tion, de­pend­ing on where I’m po­si­tioned and the ef­fect I want to cre­ate. The Canon EF 200-400mm f/4l IS USM with built-in Ex­ten­der 1.4x is a par­tic­u­larly ver­sa­tile com­bi­na­tion. I use this to cover the ac­tion right from the start­ing grid to the first turn, which is less than a kilo­me­tre stretch, where I’m po­si­tioned to face the cars head on.

Most of my F1 pho­tos are pan­ning shots, and I de­pend heav­ily on the EF 400mm f/2.8 IS II USM and EF 300mm f/2.8 IS II USM. The F1 at Bahrain In­ter­na­tional Cir­cuit is a night race, so fast lenses here are manda­tory.

Wide an­gles also cre­ate dra­matic frames, and my favourites in this cat­e­gory are the su­per-sharp 24-70mm f/2.8l II USM and the EF 11-24mm f/4l USM, cou­pled to ei­ther my EOS 5D Mk IV or EOS-1D X Mk II.

My engi­neer­ing back­ground has helped me to bet­ter un­der­stand my equip­ment. I try to blend tech­ni­cal knowl­edge with artis­tic per­cep­tion, cre­at­ing unique re­sults ev­ery time.

My engi­neer­ing back­ground has helped me to bet­ter un­der­stand my equip­ment

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