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LIFE BEHIND THE LENS: REID PARK TOWNSVILLE 400

17 | 07 | 2015 - LIFE BEHIND THE LENS: REID PARK TOWNSVILLE 400

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 once again with Scott Wensley at Reid Park in Townsville for the Castrol EDGE Townsville 400.

Celebrations
Camera: Canon 1DX
Shutter Speed: 160th second
Aperture: F4
Lens: Canon 500mm F4
ISO: 800
Scott Wensley: This is probably one of my favourite images from the whole weekend. I decided to go high for the last race on Sunday and it paid off with this shot of David Reynolds and Mark Winterbottom spraying champagne. The dark background is perfect and the angle of the light from below illuminates the champagne well, giving what I see as a 'slow motion' effect and allowing you to see the spray clearly which is helped by a slower shutter speed. The range of colours in the photograph gives it a great vibrant feel which adds to the effect the image has on the viewer. Overall it is just a great celebration photograph and captures the moment well.



Chaz Action
Camera: Canon 1DX
Shutter Speed: 1000th second shooting through catch fence
Aperture: F4
Lens: Canon 500mm F4
ISO: 200
Scott Wensley: This shot was taken at one of my favourite corners at Townsville. The cars are pushing hard through this part of the circuit as you can see with the attitude of the car. The drivers have to be aggressive when taking on the kerb to maintain speed and it is clear to see here. This photo is a great representative of how the cars behave when this aggressive driving style is applied and the angle of the car is great. The car fills the frame well.



Chaz eyes on
Camera: Canon 1DX
Shutter Speed: 250th second
Aperture: F4
Lens: Canon 500mm F4
ISO: 250
Scott Wensley: Towards the end of the race the light started disappearing, I spotted a narrow band of light hitting the cars and their face through the windscreen.  Chaz's eyes are focused. We got a few shots like this at Winton earlier in the year. The angle of the light always creates such a great effect by only illuminating certain parts of the car. The light also hits the front of the car which I particularly like as well. It really shows just how important light and angles are in photography.

Frosty fist pump
Camera: Canon 1DX
Shutter Speed: 160th second
Aperture: F4
Lens: Canon 500mm F4
ISO: 800
Scott Wensley: Another elevated shot. This is good position to shoot the podium and end of race celebrations with an uninterrupted view of the driver and his celebration fist pump, a move which has become a trademark for Frosty. Then again you never really know how each driver is going to celebrate so getting an uninterrupted view can be important to get the shot. Once again the angle of the light illuminated the subject just right and I was easily able to get the shot that I wanted. 



Frosty winner
Camera: Canon 1DX
Shutter Speed: 250th second
Aperture: F2.8
Lens: Canon 70-200MM f2.8
ISO: 400
Scott Wensley: After winning race one on Saturday I was hoping Frosty would stand on the car as he has done the last few times he has won a race. Thankfully he did and I got the shot I was looking for.  Number one fingers up to the crowd. Although he has his back to the camera it's still quite a powerful image. It's not as bright or vibrant as the images above but the softer colours still make for a great celebration image.

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