Camera model: Nikon D4 | Exposure time: 1/4000s | Aperture: F5 | ISO speed: 400 | Lens: 10.5mm fish eye.
I haven’t been to Eau Rouge for years and it was great to get down there. This year they locked one of the main gates to get to the part on the outside of the track, so I went early enough before the session so I could cross the track without any issues. It was easier and I didn’t fancy climbing over walls and fences to get to the best spot. One guy climbed the gate and as he was up there one of the marshals found the key, which hadn’t been there all of the day before! But once in position, it is a great experience. I did some panning shots as they come through at 200mph, which, if you can get sharp results, proves you are a true professional, but this shot was taken through the barrier using a fisheye and a fast shutter speed. The cars are not as noisy as they used to be, so really you just feel the displaced air hit you in the face, but they are bloody close and it still takes your breath away. There’s not many corners in F1 where they are doing 200mph with just two layers of barriers between you and the car. It’s a must-experience of the Formula One world!
Camera model: Nikon D4 | Exposure time: 1/250s | Aperture: F9 | ISO speed: 200 | Lens: 24-70mm zoom
Ice Bucket Challenge
We had the ice bucket challenge doing the rounds in the paddock this weekend, which added a bit of humour. I did it on the Wednesday night after two people nominated me – one in Abu Dhabi and one in Canada. I wasn’t sure of the etiquette, so I did two! It’s all for charity and raising money for a good cause and it exploded in F1 as the weekend went on. Belgium can be a bit of a dull weekend with bad weather after the summer break, so it’s good to have something to spark things off a little bit. It was quite funny to do one when everyone is freezing already!
Camera model: Nikon D4 | Exposure time: 1/15s | Aperture: F22 | ISO speed: 100 | Lens: 500mm telephoto
This shot was taken during qualifying from the inside of La Source. This is where the medical car waits to leave the pits in an emergency, but it also gives us a clear view of the cars on the straight down to Eau Rouge. Lewis is on the wet line and you can see Alonso has less spray because he’s on the racing line. I shot this with a reduced shutter speed to add to the movement of the picture and it was quite nice to see someone attempting a passing move at that point of the track.
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