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LIFE BEHIND THE LENS: WINTON MOTOR RACEWAY

22 | 05 | 2015 - LIFE BEHIND THE LENS: WINTON MOTOR 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. This time we take you behind the lens with Scott Wensley to our clean-sweep of the Winton SuperSprint at Winton Motor Raceway.
 

Practice makes perfect
Lens - Canon 14mm F2.8
Shutter Speed - 100
ISO - 100
Aperture - F14
Time - 7.15am
Scott Wensley: "The crew going through pit stop practice before the sun came up. The crew and drivers are always up extremely early on race days doing practice and as we reach the middle of the year the days are getting shorter so it provides some excellent lighting conditions. I shot this from down low to get the most out of the yellow light as it fed into the dark sky. It also helps to silhouette the crew and the car."
 



Leading the pack
Lens - Canon 500mm F4
Shutter Speed - 2000
ISO - 200
Aperture - F6.3
Time - 2.45pm 
Scott Wensley: "The afternoon light at Winton can be very harsh but can also make for some great photo opportunities and effects.  I decided to shoot the race into the sun with cars heading towards me because of the light. This can prove tricky to get right and takes a lot of practice and a polariser to help create a nice backlit image.  I really like how the track is highlighted and the cars are silhouetted because of the backlighting. It also helped to have both Prodrive FGX Falcons running 1-2."




Sweet spot
Lens – Canon 500mm F4
Shutter Speed - 320
ISO - 800
Aperture F6.3
Time 4.59pm
Scott Wensley: "This image proves that as a photographer you have to move around when trying to find the right shot, you can't just stay in the same spot hoping that a shot comes to you. In this shot the sun was just about to set and I was chasing the light and trying to find where it was hitting the cars best. I spotted a moment when the cars turned into turn 3 where the doors of the cars and cabin lit up so you could see the driver - in this case Chaz Mostert - inside the car really well.  This isn’t a cropped image either so it’s important to remember you don’t always need a full car in the frame to create a good photo."

 

Winner
Lens – Canon 500mm F4
Shutter Speed - 320
ISO - 800
Aperture F6.3
Time 4.59pm
Scott Wensley: "This one is taken from my favourite spot to shoot the winner at Winton. I won't give away my secrets but from this position I can get elevated and shoot down on the driver giving me a clean background with nothing but the driver and his emotions.  To emphasise this effect I used a lower aperture so that the background was out of focus, and to ensure that you are able to see the whole of Mark's body clearly. The photo is clean, simple and vibrant and is pretty much self-explanatory.  A very happy V8 Supercars driver."

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