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Top 10 Pix for 2012
A selection of some of our favourite images from 2012.
With the new infield pits at Barbagallo Raceway it presented some new opportunities and some challenges for photographers. This image is taken through the pit lane fencing onto the main straight. While the fence presents some challenges with a bit of trial and error focus can be kept on the bike while panning. Nikon D4 and Nikkor 70-200 f2.8 lens. 1/500 at f8.0
A Nitro fuelled Funny Car launches at full noise at Perth Motorplex. These cars are spectacular no matter how successful the run down the track is. In this image the right bank of cylinders have stopped firing, the flames have disappeared and raw fuel is about to spew from the exhaust. Nikon D3s and Nikkor 300 f2.8 lens. 1/640 at f4.5.
In motorcycle road racing spectacular crashes are an inescapable risk for riders and teams. In this image Team Suzuki rider Robbie Bugden flips his Superbike in the sand at turn 1 of Barbagallo Raceway Perth. Bugden was relatively uninjured after the crash and was able to compete in the next round. Nikon D3s and Nikkor 70-200 f2.8 lens. 1/800 at f7.1.
Phillip Island circuit has many excellent spots for photographers to capture images. In this image World Superbike rider Johnny Rea rides through MG corner on his Team Ten Kate Honda CBR 1000RR. Nikon D3s and Nikkor 500 f4 lens. 1/1250 at f6.3.
One of the most spectacular images captured by motorsport photographers is an image that depicts both speed and action. With a low shutter speed and good panning technique a photographer can make a successful image. In this image WA State Road racing Superbike rider Mark Schneirer exits turn 7 and blasts down the main straight. Nikon D3s and Nikkor 300 f2.8 lens. 1/100 at f11.
We took the opportunity to participate in a motorsport photography workshop run by Australian motorsport photographer Mark Horsburgh. Mark is V8 Supercar official photographer. A variety of opportunities to improve skills were provided from on track action to shooting the models that invariably go hand in hand with motorsport. In this image we shot model Megan sitting atop a Harley Davidson. Megan was lit by three remote lights through an umbrella. Nikon D3s with Nikkor 85 f.18 lens. 1/200 at f2.8.
Speaking of models these two ladies were walking through the pits during the Kings of Wanneroo event. Shooting from behind rather than front on we captured a different view. Nikon D3s and Nikkor 300 f2.8 lens. 1/400 at f8.0.
Our favourite spot at Phillip Island to shoot close up images of riders is Lukey Heights. Here we can shoot into the riders as they crest the hill. If we are lucky the rider will have a clear visor and the eyes are sharp in focus. In this image UK World Superbike rider James Ellison tops Lukey Heights. Nikon D3s and Nikkor 300 f2.8 lens. 1/640 at f8.0.
It takes split second timing and anticipation to launch a drag bike when the light goes green. A race can be won or lost at the start line. Unfortunately for this rider he got it wrong and was greeted with a red light for launching too early. Nikon D3s and Nikkor 70-200 f2.8 lens. 1/250 at f2.8.
Our favourite Image. Casey Stoner in his last MotoGP race at Phillip Island enters Siberia. The image is particularly poignant is Stoner is the sole rider in the image, being the leader of the race by some distance at this point. Stoner went on to win the race. Nikon D3s and Nikkor 500 f4 lens. 1/500 at f9.0.
Cracking stuff Gordon, looking forward to your stuff from 2013.
Love the pics Gordon. Can't wait to see and hopefully be the subject of your shots in 2013
Nice work..Keep it up for 2013 ......
Great pics Gordon. You are a master at motorsport!!
Have a great year and outdo yourself in 2013!!
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