Formula One, 2008
Barcelona; February 2008, Silverstone; July 2008
The Red Bulletin, the (almost) impartial Formula One magazine took me to Barcelona for the pre-season warm up, and then to Silverstone for the Grand Prix. I’ve never photographed motor sports (or even been to a race) before so I wasn't sure what to expect, but as it turned out the camera was perfect for catching the classic F1 "pan" shot. In the pit lane there was more opportunities to get the cars from above, for instance the Williams team tyre change - a great example of the synchroballistic effect.
As the cars passed the camera it was possible to compare their relative speeds by their comparative lengths - the faster cars being shorter as they passed the camera in less time and occupied less space on the moving film. A lot of the images were made on the corners of the circuit where the cars were forced to slow down. They would accelerate out of the corner, so the back wheels were faster than the front in the same image, and consequently narrower. Knowing the speed of the film in the camera, it was possible to calculate the car’s initial speed, final speed and hence acceleration, just from measuring the change in wheel shape.
The picture I really wanted to catch was the winner passing the chequered flag, so in the last few laps there was a quick sprint down the straight from Luffield to get to the finish line and catch Lewis Hamilton winning his first British Grand Prix....... complete with chequered flag.
- © Angus Leadley Brown, 2008
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