Let’s talk about discovery for a second. I don’t mean the documentary channel on sky, I mean actually discovery something. My latest discovery is Sideburn Magazine. A magazine that brings you some of the coolest dirt track related news and features from around the world. Their world, a world I previously hadn’t been privy too. They were having a launch party for the upcoming season of Dirt Track Racing. Something which I now have to attend.
Anyway, back to this discovery. It is no secret that I am petrolhead, I love cars specifically and always have. I grew up on RallyCross, Touring Cars and Formula 1, my family had a love affair with fast Fords and I could identify any car down the street on what exhaust pipe it had alone. Motorbikes weren’t really within my remit. You normally fall into the car OR the bike category, rarely both.
What I am try to get across to you is that I had my eyes opened (widely) to a whole other type of racing that I never knew existed. Sure I’d heard of speedway racing but this is different. This seems, and I am sure I will get told off for this, a lot cooler. The bikes are more akin to cafe racers which in my eyes are works of art. This was all new to me. New faces, new machines, new circuits, new rules, new style. I am literally on my first step down this path and I cannot wait to show you more. For now, enjoy some photos from the launch party.
Full write up on FUELTOPIA
Trax is not an event I have ever been to before. Silverstone is not a track I have ever shot at. Time Attack was something I had scarcely heard of. All of things changed when I visited TRAX in early September. The full write up is on Fueltopia if you fancy it. If not then here are some of my favourites.
Round 4 of the British Drift Championship takes place at Lydden Hill, the same as it has done for the last couple of year. Only this time, things weren’t as straight forward as they normally seem. The main contributor to this was the fact that this track wasn’t going to be run the “right way” round. It was going to be run backwards. You will notice I put the “right way” in inverted comments because running the track in reverse has been high up on drivers and spectators wish list for some time. Well for the first time ever, Lydden Hill and the BDC decided to grant us this wish.
My full story is up on Fueltopia but here are my favourites.
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!