I’ve taken images at Silverstone several times this season, and invariably, with the limited access I have, some images are occasionally similar.
So for my trip to the BTCC at my ‘local’ circuit, I decided to try something a little different. A challenge if you will.
The week before, I had an conversation with a follower on Twitter, who commented on how developed my images have become since my first visit to the BTCC back in April this year.
It’s something I have noticed, and I’m stoked to see the development in my photography, with techniques and composition all improving markedly…even if I do say so myself.
But I’m still keen on keeping my images fresh and interesting, and while it may be an easy option to settle on a successful methods, I’m keen to be challenged further.
You may be of the opinion that practicing the same techniques will refine them, make them even better; but I’m of the ilk that with photography, all techniques are all part and parcel of capturing every image – it’s a dynamic process that you decide in a moment with variety being the key.
So I chose possibly my worst combination of camera and lens to take to the Silverstone BTCC rounds, to see what results, if any I could capture.
It was tricky, and frustrating to start with.
Initially, I thought that I wasn’t up to the challenge, as seeing potential shots, but not having the equipment to capture them, was annoying.
But I found that by restricting my kit, and my reliance on it, forces you to think differently.
For instance, seeing a personality in the paddock could be captured quite nicely from a distance with a 600mm, no worries.
Not so easy with a 35mm.
You have to get involved, you have to search for those angles.
I really had to move about to get anywhere close to the images I visualised. For example, multiple trips around the paddock provided a huge variety of opportunities to capture different sights as the days racing progressed.
With less variability in the equipment, I really had to use my eye to be more creative and seek out that variety.
It was a task of no shame…ignoring the odd looks from people too as you crouched on the floor during a podium presentation, peeking around garage corners or panning in the grandstands with a stumpy hand-held while everyone else is rocking telephoto monsters…
The weekend really reinforced a big point to me, something that I have recently seen about on t’internets with differing opinions.
A photograph is nothing without the mind of the photographer behind it, as those images most certainly do not take themselves.
I look forward to your judgement.
All that was used: Nikon D300s, 35mm f/1.8, ND8 Hama filter.