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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