Mark Sutton – Life Through The Lens – Blow outs in Britain

Mark Sutton - Life Through The Lens - Britain 1

Camera model: Nikon D4, Exposure time: 1/1000s, Aperture: F8, ISO speed: 400, Lens: 24-70mm zoom The crowd weren’t very happy on Friday with the wet weather but we did get some action at the end of the first session. I’d been in the pits and I went up to the first corner to do a pan shot on the inside of the first corner and I just heard this screech and there was Esteban Gutierrez coming into the corner completely sideways. I just panned through and got a sequence of him right over the kerbs. Amazingly he managed to gather it all back together and get it pointing in the right direction on the exit, which is impressive as he must have been doing about 120mph. So impressive car control from him and impressive camera control from me!

Mark Sutton - Britain - 2Camera model: Nikon D4, Exposure time: 1/1600s, Aperture: F8, ISO speed: 400, Lens: 800mm telephoto I was using an 800mm lens this weekend from Nikon. Usually my longest lens is a 500mm or 600mm but they lent it to me to test. It’s very light for what it is but its €14,000 to buy! It’s not cheap. It allowed me to get these shots with the sky as they came over the brow at Becketts corner. It’s a nice shot because you have grass, a thin ribbon of track, the top of the grandstand and then just sky. There are not many places in Silverstone where you can get that.

Mark Sutton - Britain - 3Camera model: Nikon D4, Exposure time: 1/1000s, Aperture: F5.6, ISO speed: 500, Lens: 70-200mm zoom I took this picture of Bernie Ecclestone and Paul Hembery outside Bernie’s motorhome on Saturday. Obviously it’s got a bit of a story behind it and I think they were probably discussing the Sergio Perez incident during final practice. I pounced on it and I thought it was quite a good shot as Bernie is talking to him while scanning the paddock to see who else is around. Paul looks a bit nervous, but obviously I didn’t know at the time that the tyres were going to cause more havoc on Sunday.

Mark Sutton - Britain - 4Camera model: Nikon D4, Exposure time: 1/640s, Aperture: F10, ISO speed: 200, Lens: 600mm telephoto I was sort of in the wrong place in the race because I didn’t get any of the tyre explosions, but you can only shoot from where you are. I did manage to get this photo of Sergio Perez returning to the pits and it’s incredible to see how much damage the tyre has done to the back of the car. When the tyre comes apart it flicks against the bodywork and it completely tears the carbon fibre apart. So you can see why Perez retired when you see this damage.

Mark Sutton - Britain - 5Camera model: Nikon D4, Exposure time: 1/1600s, Aperture: F6.3, ISO speed: 200, Lens: 500mm telephoto Sebastian Vettel retired with gearbox issues at the end of the race and that obviously created a great battle at the end between Nico Rosberg and Mark Webber. This is a good shot because you’ve got the safety car sign in the background, which was also quite significant for the race because it brought the pack together and allowed some people to change tyres. It could also be a significant photo for the championship if Vettel has a few more problems over the upcoming races.

Mark Sutton - Britain - 6Camera model: Nikon D4, Exposure time: 1/800s, Aperture: F11, ISO speed: 200, Lens: 24-70mm zoom This is a nice photo because Nico Rosberg is looking right at me with the winner’s trophy in his hand and the crowd behind him. When he went on the fence facing the crowd it’s a bit of a nothing picture so we were all shouting at him to turn around and give us this photo. He’s good value for money, Nico, and he’s obviously enjoying his time at Mercedes. Two wins in the last three races is impressive and if he keeps consistent he will soon move further up the drivers’ standings.



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