In just under a week I'll be making the drive down to the French town of Le Mans to watch the world-famous Le Mans 24 Hour. A race that is widely acknowledged among fans of motorsport to be the penultimate test of both the car manufacturers and drivers!
I don't perhaps know the ins-and-outs of the world of endurance motorsports as much as I'd like, but this trip to Le Mans is as much about photography as it is racing, engines and good times with good friends.
As much as the cars and drivers are put to the test, this spectacle challenges us photographers too: changing weather conditions, changing light (and of course nearly no light overnight!). This is all with cars travelling at incredible speeds. The great news is you have lots of time to perfect that panning technique and to find a great spot around the track to get your photographs of these amazing machines battling it out.
I didn't actually go to Le Mans in 2014 as my son Adam was born just a few months before. My wife was on maternity at the time and so we decided to tighten the purse strings. It was a great race though with the eventual winners being Team Audi once again, retaining their Le Mans crown from 2013 (a year I did go!)
This year I'll be back. I'm our nominated driver for the road trip and I'm armed with an entirely new camera system. 2013 saw me at Le Mans with the incredibly sports-capable Canon 7D (mk1) and an array of Canon lenses, including my old jewel the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS USM II. This combination proved to be perfectly suited to the racing on offer.
This year (2015) will however see me carrying a much lighter setup in the Olympus OM-D range, including the diminutive OM-D E-M1 and E-M5. I had a chance to practise with this setup at Silverstone back in April and they proved they were more than up to the task.
Looking back at 2013
I want to get something different this year. I don't think I'll know what different is until I'm at the track and making my photographs, but rather than just going for technically perfect panned frames I want something more creative. This caused me to look back on 2013's photographs, which I want to share with you today.
The full gallery is available right here on the site, but below is just a selection that tells something of a story from 2013. It was about more than just racing. Le Mans is a festival!
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