We have a Win­ner

Here’s what hap­pened when Canon gave a bud­ding car pho­tog­ra­pher the op­por­tu­nity of a life­time at Dunsfold

Top Gear (UK) - - COLUMNS -

Canon’s lat­est range of DSLR cam­eras, from the en­try level EOS 4000D to the su­perbly ver­sa­tile EOS 77D, plus a few handy in­sider tips, can take your car pho­tog­ra­phy to the next level.

From mak­ing sure the lo­ca­tion is per­fect to the type of car you’re shoot­ing, plus us­ing any sur­round­ing land­marks and de­tails to your ad­van­tage, there are plenty of ways to make your images stand out. Canon’s mis­sion was to find a lucky would-be sharp­shooter and give them a car pho­tog­ra­pher mas­ter­class at Dunsfold. Canon launched the #CanonCap­turedS­to­ries com­pe­ti­tion on In­sta­gram, and quite a few of you got in­volved with your best pic­tures of your favourite drive. There was a Canon EOS 77D DSLR cam­era and two lenses up for grabs, as well as the mas­ter­class at Dunsfold and the chance to get ac­tion shots of one of the most beau­ti­ful cars out there. Read on to find out who won this exclusive op­por­tu­nity, and how it all went down on the track.

Time to fo­cus

On a blaz­ing hot sum­mer’s day at Dunsfold, com­pe­ti­tion win­ner David Holly from Belfast was spe­cially flown in with one mis­sion: get per­fect shots of a Jaguar F-Type with the shiny new Canon DSLR he just won, un­der the guid­ance of ex­pert pho­tog­ra­pher Rod Foun­tain.

It was a spe­cial mo­ment for avid petrol­head David, as he ex­plained: “I’ve been a TopGear fol­lower since the first series and it’s been a big in­spi­ra­tion to me.”

Rod be­gan the mas­ter­class by tak­ing David through the car’s an­gles in a sta­tion­ary set­ting, be­fore hun­ker­ing down for some dra­matic views of the Jag in ac­tion. Look to your left and you'll see some of David’s best shots. He was full of praise for Rod’s guid­ance: “He’s taught me how to use the con­tours and de­sign of the car against the light and the con­trast of the land­scapes, where to fo­cus in and where not to, and how you can use ad­di­tional light­ing equip­ment. This was the first time I’ve used a Canon, and there’s so much in­tu­ition with­out even hav­ing to go into Pho­to­shop.”

As for the fu­ture? David has bags of in­spi­ra­tion for his next shoots, and he couldn’t re­sist a lit­tle pitch of his own:

“If TopGear are look­ing for an ad­di­tional cam­era man, I’m happy to vol­un­teer!”

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