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LIFE BEHIND THE LENS: BARBAGALLO RACEWAY

08 | 05 | 2015 - LIFE BEHIND THE LENS: BARBAGALLO RACEWAY

Life behind the lens is a series of articles that will take you behind the scenes with our multi-award winning photographers Mark Horsburgh and Scott Wensley from each V8 Supercars event. Mark and Scott will choose their favourite images from each event while explaining the process behind the shot and why it is significant to them. We begin at Barbagallo Raceway at the Perth SuperSprint.

Mark Horsburgh: "This picture was taken just before qualifying on Sunday at the Perth SuperSprint. Frosty claimed pole position in qualifying just after this shot is taken so it's quite significant. The shot stands out to me as it is a candid shot. Posed shots always have a certain look to them but shots like this where the subject doesn't know the shot is being taken have always appealed to me. The thing that really highlights that in this photo is that the only thing in focus are his eyes, which really draws your focus to that point. This shot highlights how the drivers, especially Mark, are able to block out the rest of the world when preparing for a race."

Camera: Canon EOS-1D X
Lens: 50mm 1.2L
ISO: 50
Aperture: 1.2
Shutter: 1/250

Mark Horsburgh: "This shot is a favourite particularly because of the negative space and the colours. I like it because of how small the subject of the photo is compared to the rest of the photo. I shot a similar photograph just before this one that had the car on the right hand side of the frame with the track taking up most of the bottom third of the shot but decided on this one because of the colours and the contrast. The small subject of the photo draws you into the shot. This corner on the track is a good one to shoot because of the way the cars come over the hill and brake hard into the corner. It's the perfect place to shoot images like this." 

Camera: Canon EOS-1D X
Lens: 200-400 F4 with 1.4com built in, shot at 560mm
ISO: 400
Aperture: 6.3
Shutter: 1/1600

Mark Horsburgh: "This one is very similar to the one of Mark above but is particularly appealing because of the contrast in the image. Where the photo of Mark was shot through the door net to frame the image, Chaz’s pic was taken a bit further away and through the A pillar and door frame. Although I used an aperture of 1.2; because the image is taken from further away compared to the one of Mark, I was able to get Chaz's whole face and helmet in focus where only Mark's face is in focus. This gives the photograph a stronger feel. While it is once again a candid photograph and shows the look of concentration before qualifying, this image is more focused which is emphasised by the black surrounding his face. I like to show the drivers like this because they are often so different compared to what they are in other shots."

Camera: Canon EOS-1D X
Lens: 50mm 1.2L
ISO: 200
Aperture: 1.2   Not shooting wide open at F1.2 greatly reduces the depth of field throwing the background and foreground out of focus.
Shutter: 1/320

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