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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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WOW, much smoke, so blur…

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Welcome to Lydden Hill Drift Day from the 22nd of March. Now I will be the first to admit, I have never been to a practice day. I never really saw the point, I mean why go? I’d rather go to a round of the British Drift Championship… Well my ignorance was not warranted. A practice day means that a lot of the tension in the atmosphere is lost, people are all about having fun and skidding with mates. There is also a lot more cars and a lot of different skill levels. It also means you can see your mates skid (if they can actually do so).  I will hand on heart say that I will be back and go again, I had a blast! And by the looks of the skidding, so did the drivers.

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SHOOTINGDAVE

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Big Block Burnout T-Shirt

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Recognise that picture? the one on the t-shirt? No? Well it is this one:
Up In SmokeWhich is from the shoot A Date with a Dragster which was done just about a year ago! Well the lads at Fueltopia liked it so much they put it onto a t-shirt! (Which you can buy from here)

Anyway a bit about the photo itself…
Big Block Burnout TeeWell that background is 100% real. None of it is photoshop! I used smoke pellets for this, you can get some from Amazon. This is something that I have been wanting to try out for a long time and I really happy with the results, it is such an easy way to get a dynamic background, knowing how well they work and how easy they are to use, I will be using them again in the future for sure!

To light this scene I used my trusty 28″ Westcott Apollo Softbox which was camera right. Inside it was a Canon 430EX II at 1/8th power. Behind me I had a Yongnuo YN460 II at 1/16th power which was fired bare. I triggered the flashes with my Hahnel Combi TF triggers which I wrote about in this post. The camera was a Canon 5DMkIII with a Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM lens at f/2.8 ISO100 and 1/200th of a second.

SHOOTINGDAVE