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Goodwood – Festival of Speed

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A few weeks have passed since I attended the Goodwood Festival of Speed and to be honest, I still can’t believe I got the opportunity to go. There is a certain magic that descends over the event, maybe it is all the build up hype or maybe it’s because you will get to rub shoulders with automotive royalty. Whatever it is, it’s worth going to experience for yourself. I was there covering the event for Drift Allstars who were making their debut there as well as doing a general overview for Fueltopia which you can read about by clicking on the highlighted links.

As I feel I have already covered the action side of the event, I would like to share a few of my favourites from around the F1 paddock.

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SHOOTINGDAVE

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Drift Allstars: The Smoke

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Welcome ladies and Gentlemen to The Smoke. The last time the capital saw this much smoke was during the Great Fire of London in 1666 and I can tell you back then it wasn’t caused by tortured rubber on scorched asphalt. The Smoke seen here today was thanks to Drift Allstars. If you follow me on facebook then you will know that I pretty fond of the event that took place in Stratford, London. However I want to show you some of my favourite shots from the weekend and why it was such a good weekend for me. During the course of the weekend I decided to change my shooting style a little bit. I was armed with a 300mm f/4 L IS USM lens and for the most part of Saturday, it did not leave my camera. This meant that I was shooting with slightly faster shutter speeds than I normally would use. Consequentially I ended up with far more “keepers” than normal. So when I returned on that Sunday I thought that as I had covered a lot of the “safe” shots that I wanted, I could spend the day dicking about. I therefore proceeded to use all the lenses I had with me which was my trusty 50mm f/1.4 USM – my beloved 135mm f/2 L USM and the 300mm f/4 L IS USM which rent from Lens Locker. I also experimented a lot more with shutter speeds using super fast shutter speeds and some super slow shutter speeds. I think the highest I went to was 1/1250th of a second and down to 1/10th of a second. As a result I have a lot of shots that look very different and it was kind of like re-discovering photography for me. Trying new things out, making mistakes and learning. I will definitely be doing it again next time!
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Drift Allstars: Setting the scene

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Drift Allstars has FINALLY returned to London and this time the setting was the iconic Olympic stadium in Stratford. I for one was positively shaking with anticipation at what would be unleashed this weekend and it looks like I wasn’t the only one. The excitement in the air was thicker than the tyre smoke. Well almost, some of the drivers were reducing visibility down to a few meters. And more than likely shaving a few years off of life expectancy due to smoke inhalation. Did anyone mind? No! If anything it only amped the crowd up more! This time the paddock was restricted access only mean that spectators were straining to get a glimpse of the favourite drifters, during the event people were clambering on any obstacle to gain an elevation advantage over the deep crowds stacked against metal railings. The pressure was momentarily released when punters were allowed in for the drivers signing session and to get up close the weapons on display. Then nerves were once again fraught as the Top 16 battles began. I will leave the report for you to find over on Drift Allstars but it had to be one of the strangest finishes I have ever seen in drifting but congratulations to Piotr Wiecek who drove PHENOMENALLY all weekend!

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Stay tuned for next installation which will showcase the talent from the weekend…

SHOOTINGDAVE

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Image Breakdown: Walton Smith

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Now considering the poor shape this photo started out as, I thought I would share a breakdown on how I salvaged it. Here is an animated gif of the whole process:

But where most of the work was done is in the RAW conversion.

As you can see it is quite obvious what I rejected this image in the first place.

Here are some of the settings I used to rescue this image.

Well I hope you enjoyed this little breakdown.
ShootingDave.

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Something new

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You make recognise the name “ShootingDave” from here, here or even here. Well now it is on wordpress too! Great huh!

Well this is not to be used a portfolio site like the others, this is for the more…uh…technical aspects of photography and for the more in depth features. So, what does that mean? Well lucky for you I will tell you.

I will be showing a lot of the photos that don’t make the cut on here, providing that they are worthy of residing on the internet. I will be also sharing more information about the behind the scenes on photoshoots as well as lighting diagrams and outtakes. If you are lucky and I surely mean “IF” I might even share some beads of wisdom when it comes to photoshop.

And for those of you that have been living under a rock until recent, I will be doing a full feature on this:

That’s right, on here I will be talking about my experience from the whole day as well as sharing a boat load of photos. You really should be excited about this! Unless you hate cars…and fun! In which case you should force yourself to like it marvel at my awesome photo taking skills!

Well that’s all for now. Until next time!