BGT Rockingham 22/04/2018

In a earlier one to one with wendy, I was advised to capture more images with my gopro, which is desighned primarily as a camera for action sports, I decided too try something diffrent, due to the fact I simply cannot afford a fisheye lens for my primary slr cameras. I really liked the effect of the fish eye on the gopro. and its not so big and clumbsy and if im honest i learned from this event that the camera is less intimitating, i got some reactions to the camera I was not expecting. this including a wave from a few divers whilst preparing for free practice. Its sometimes advantages too approach racing drivers whilst shooting on the saturday the day before the race as there enviroment tends too be more relaxed, there is alot less pressure on these days. I was quite happy with the results from this event. A few images that are good enough for my FMP, and soon i feel should work on contruction of images too create a story line of a race weekend. and for the next race i wish too do some research using art photograhers, too try and create a diffrent feel , focusing on things maybe away from racing itself for example the other people involved  and elements of the track. not purley focusing on the cars themselves.

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Oulton Park British GT 04/04/2018

This was a Tough First race of the season for regarding to creating images for my FMP, Due too budget reasons I could only make it too the circuit on the sunday In my opinion I did learn from my mistakes. I Dont think I planned enough what i wanted to acheive in regards too my Fmp, my reportage photos where fine, but when it came to devolopment for my fmp Really didnt get the anywhere near the results I wanted. in the First race i had too get mainly my reportage photos done, and experiment more in the second race. unfortunatly the second race was cancelled due too torential rain. looking back at the event i feel I should have stayed at the circuit and created photos around the rain atmosphere etc.

24 hours of Silverstone research 17/03/2018

Before the event at Silverstone, I wanted to work on form and the silhouette of images in low light as Darren heath does in the example. I did not have the opportunity to cover a race within dusk or dawn but within my 2018 FMP I will, which gives me the opportunity to work on these techniques.

Darren Heath’s publication Art of the race volume 15 and 16 is a solely photographic book containing no text apart from the car, driver or person appearing in the photograph. Using his influence and advice from fellow motorsport photography colleagues I aim to include images that use light to my advantage and convey speed, continuing development from my previous season and achieving images that comprehensively immerse an audience. Also using a flash is something I have tried during endurance and low-lit events, though this is not common practice it can produce an interesting aesthetic. I also looked at the work of Eric Gilbert and his use of low light situations using long light streaks with little low light within the landscape. This effect I like and was hoping to convey it within the event, though I did learn I do need as mentioned within the last blog post that a polarising filter, in order too create this effect, otherwise it over exposes the image. I was very glad that I attended that meeting, now looking back there are not many images if any that I plan too use within my fmp but, the meeting was more of a practice for myself, and many of the images where published, but only for reportage reasons I feel the images where acceptable. But for my FMP the images where not creative enough in my opinion. This was not my aim however my aim was too learn more in low light situations.

 

24 Hours of Silverstone 13/03/2018

Though this event is not on my Fmp Calender, I decided too attend it too work on light, and to learn of any skills I need before I attend the 24 hours of spa in June. Silverstone is albeit is not a very photogenic circuit and I find I really have to be more creative to produce better images. It has been over three years since I have shot motorsport in the dark at a race circuit. I also wanted to practice in low light situations for example Dusk, and working on silhouette images. The event for me did not start well as I broke down on entry too the circuit, but whilst I was unaware of the problem I still shot the start of the race and the grid and race prep, whilst concentrating and not being distracted the problem was quicky fixed however in under 15 mins by the AA and this allowed me to focus on my work, also allowing me to use the car too drive around the peremiter of the circuit. Whilst shooting in the dark I used a number of long shutter speeds, but I felt that my light streaks where not long enough so the shutter speed was too short, but whilst increasing the shutter speeds it overexposed certain elements of the photo, so iv come to the conclusion that I will need a polarising filter in the future, I do have one but not for my current lenses. Also within the event I used it to practice taking up and close personal shots with my go pro. And get used to finding angles with the go pro without using a view finder. In conclusion I learned a lot from the event.

A selection of the photos can be found at:

https://www.motorsport.com/endurance/photos/main-gallery/?ph=213&r=201813

 

FMP Proposal Complete 18/2/2018

I have completed My FMP Proposal, it was very difficult for me to try and articulate what I am trying to acheive, but I believe I have done enough, but if im honest im not 100  percent sure. When planning thinking and researching what I am trying to acheive in any of my work my ideas always become visionary within my mind. And trying too get this down on paper was very challenging for me, I would often read it back and thing too my self what im saying is not clear doesnt make sense or was too vague. The research element was not so complex for me as explaining what i wanted too acheive, and explaining what I enjoyed from others work was also more enjoyable, and if im honest wrote this segment first in order too give myself a clearer vision of what I wanted to acheive. I have read through it many times now and have 13 copies of my draft. I hope iv done enough, it was very very stressfull I calculated that on FMP proposal alone I spent a total of 37 hours thats a full weeks work, I hope that was enough.

FMP Planning 13/02/2018

Its been difficult to word what I intend too do and create in my FMP

I wish to an engage an audience with a season of Motorsport using my own individual style to convey sense of the iconic and other-worldly; the opposite of journalistic photo, poetry within photography. Creating photos that inspire emotion in an audience so they internalize the struggle and difficulty inherent within motorsports ultimate world of pressure. I want to create inspiring photographs that create a fantasy emotion, images that can say alot with very little.

 

Capturing these images I will build a narrative with an abstracted storyline, grouping the photos into phases of a race. For example; pre-race build up, grid activity, main race, team and spectator ambiance, post-race emotions and podium celebrations; this allowing viewer engagement with the complete components of a race season. I wish to create a visual statement which allows a unique sport to be experienced on a relatable and emotional plane. With this aim in mind, I plan to create a body of images that are suitable for exhibition.

FMP Planning 06/02/2018

 

Iv wrote a plan of what i wish too include this year, im quite pleased with it and aim too inlcude it in my FMP.

Action plan timetable and primary focuses on development of my FMP

Whilst covering events I believe it will be to my advantage to have a primary focus and skill on which to develop.

BGT ROUND 1 & 2
OULTON PARK
31st MAR 2018 -2nd APR 2018

During the first round I wish to work more on the time I have between the races. There is a lot of downtime from one race to another and this will allow me to edit images and work on landscape images, working with the light. The reason I chose to work on these elements within this event is Oulton Park is built on an especially picturesque landscape. The land has rolling hills and is in contrast to most race circuits.

BGT ROUND 3 ROCKINGHAM 28th-29th APR 2018

During this round it is my aim to develop my use of natural light. Experimenting with use of a tripod,

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and focusing once again on atmosphere, capturing a different aspect of the cars being prepared.

BLANCPAIN ENDURANCE SERIES
BRANDS HATCH
5th-6th MAY 2018

Whilst continuing to develop other skills, using a GoPro set on a wide angle fish-eye style lens. I wish to produce images that are more up close and personal; this is very often a challenge and I believe that this will include some networking, social skills and confidence.

I will be developing these skills in previous events but during this event it will be my primary focus. Concentrating on race and grid preparation I aim to use the GoPro as my primary camera. Brands Hatch’s wooded area is ideal for panning shots, including cars and spectators. Capturing ‘up and close’ personal shots will be my primary objective.

BLANCPAIN ENDURANCE SERIES
SILVERSTONE
19th-20th MAY 2018

I aim to concentrate again on ‘up and close’ personal shots; Silverstone as an environment is plain and open, not interesting or distinctive. Personal shots are likely to produce a more insightful view into the world of motorsport. Also I believe it will take more than one event to practice and develop these skills.

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BGT ROUND 4 & 5 SNETTERTON 26th-27th MAY 2018

During this event I will be aiming to continue my development on body portraiture.

BGT ROUND 6 SILVERSTONE 9th-10th JUN 2018

This event will also be a continual development of the skills I was refining at Snetterton.

*BRITISH GRAND PRIX AND FORMULA 2
6th-8th of July
(Formula 1 May not be possible, Possibly Formula 2 only.)

This is where I put to practice all the skills as a synergistic whole. As a large event, this is where I aim to produce a bulk of my images for the FMP. In the week after this event I will begin making my PDF which must be included as part of my FMP. Arranging images and writing text, with feed back from my peers and tutors.

TOTAL 24 HOURS OF SPA 26th-29th JULY

Another expansive event; I wish to put all the practice and developments together as a whole across the 4 days. The event is replete with brilliant opportunity for night shots and crowd atmosphere after and before dark. Within this event I aim to provide many images for my FMP as for me this will the largest and most important event I cover this year.

BGT ROUND 8 BRANDS HATCH

I aim to concentrate on voyeuristic shots. Capturing atmosphere and

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4th-5th AUG 2018

portraits whilst trying to remain inconspicuous.

DTM
BRANDS HATCH 11th-12th AUG

Being a large international event it is my aim once again to use all my skills as a whole to produce desired results.

WEC 6 HOURS OF SILVERSTONE 17th-19th AUG

Continuation of development skills as a whole.

Setting up of final FMP
AUG 21st-23rd (dates may be moved)

Exhibition set up and launch

* May not be possible pending FIA approval