#2 Turn fast action into art
SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY is often very impressive, but it rarely sets new standards in terms of aesthetics. Yet this image of an F1 car, by photographer Jonathan Henchman (instagram.com/ fireproof.creative) is something really out of the ordinary, with its limited, graphic colour palette, plume of sparks and unconventional use of negative space. What’s also very impressive is that Jonathan went to the race as a paying spectator and took this shot
through a fence from a regular viewing spot that’s accessible to anyone. Many people feel that you need trackside access to get decent shots, but this stunning image shows that it’s not necessary.
“Shooting the British Grand Prix as a spectator can be a challenging experience. Not only do you have to contend with trying to capture 200mph racing cars while hordes of fellow punters vie for a space at the front, but you’re also forced to photograph through some
pretty heavy duty catch fencing. Using a fast lens and a neutral density filter allows you to keep the shutter speed down for the panning effect and also keep the aperture wide enough to result in a shallow depth-offield to make the fence virtually invisible. Making sure you focus your photography efforts on the practice sessions, where the crowds tend to be a little lighter, also helps.
“This shot shows Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen flying down the Wellington Straight
at Silverstone, with the sparks flying as the titanium blocks under the car skip off the track surface.
“Getting a sharp panned shot isn’t always easy, particularly with subjects that move as quickly as F1 cars. While 1/100sec isn’t an especially aggressive shutter speed for motorsport, when the subject is quite close and moving at these sorts of speeds, the amount of background blur is still enough to get some good separation.”