Photography can sometimes be a mixture of luck and good planning. Moments before Fernando Alonso’s violent crash in Australia, one photographer was crouching down changing a lens. Another had just moved from the corner a lap earlier, hoping to pick up some other shots from Turn 1. We had two guys in a perfect position to capture a sequence for Fernando Alonso’s crash — Daniel Kalisz facing the approach to Turn 4 and James Gasperotti on the exit — as part of our shooting plan for the race. Both caught shots used widely in media after the crash.

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You can tell Daniel did not have the right lens for this type of shot — he was trying to capture a very different picture of cars coming through the corner. He had a 500mm lens, explaining why the pictures are tight on framing. Obviously when this is happening in front of you there’s no time to change lens so you have to take pictures with what you have. As it turns out he did a great job of capturing the immediate aftermath of contact and Alonso’s violent roll after hitting the gravel. The tighter lens is especially effective for the earlier shots, showing the amount of debris around the McLaren.

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