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Japfest 2015

Japfest 2015

Japfest is always one of my favourite meets of the year. It’s been going for over 10 years now, always has a fantastic turn out and it helps that its at my local circuit. Here are a few photos of the on track action and some of the gems hidden away on the club stands. _MG_5698 _MG_5689 _MG_5663 _MG_5555 _MG_5545 _MG_5531 _MG_5466 _MG_5301 _MG_5288 _MG_5274 _MG_5252 _MG_5221 _MG_5146 _MG_5068 _MG_5057 _MG_4999 _MG_4982 _MG_4951 _78A8807 _78A8691 _78A8522 _78A8502 _78A8462 _78A8371 _78A8340 _78A8304
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Rallying in the Rain

Rallying in the Rain

Last month, I spent a weekend getting up close and personal with some classic rally cars as they hooned around a wet and muddy Stoneleigh Park.

It was all relatively low speed stuff on a tight tarmac circuit full of 90 degree turns but Race Retro is a great opportunity to get close to the action.

This selection was shot in a mix of manual and shutter priority mode

The weather was appalling, but it didn’t dampen anyone spirits and everyone knows rally cars look better in the rain!

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2010

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2010

If you have even a passing interest in cars or motorsport you can’t help but love the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Every July, Lord March opens his grounds to tens of thousands of petrolheads. All the major car manufacturers build what can only be described as huge showrooms and the top F1 teams roll up in their trailers.

An event not to be missed by any respecting car nut!

Italy comes to Bristol

Italy comes to Bristol

Every April, hoards of Italian cars and bikes descend on Bristol’s Old city, centred around Corn Street. You’ll find everything from Fiat to Ferrari and Moto Guzzi to Aprilia.

This year I decided to try something a little different. Instead of using just the available light and adding a wink of fill with an on-camera ETTL flash, I got the light a bit higher. A lot higher in fact – about 10 feet up at the end of a monopod positioned by Helen, my able assistant for the day.

It was too sunny for Canon’s own infra red system and I don’t have a set of radio ETTL triggers like the latest Pocket Wizards or Radio Poppers so I stuck to manual and a simple RF-602 trigger.

Half power on one of my old Nikon SB-28’s was the sweet spot with the camera set at its max sync speed of 1/200th and the aperture ranging between f5.6 and f9 depending on whether the subject was in or out of the shade. The flash was also physically moved closer or further out to match the aperture (closer as the aperture was stopped down) to save adjusting it between shots.

Here are the results: