Behind the Shot: Night Racing at Le Mans

The Le Mans 24 Hours is without a doubt, one of the most incredible sporting events in the world. Every summer over a quarter of a million people descend on Circuit De La Sarthe in Le Mans, France, for the greatest motor race on the planet. National Geographic even called it the #1 event on the planet! The cars and drivers battle for a continuous 24 hour period around a race track that is partly made up of local roads, and partly a modernized F1-style facility. From a photographic standpoint the race delivers many challenges because of its length, and

Behind the Shot: Le Mans Nighttime Panning

Motorsports at the Le Mans 24 Hours has come up before in the Behind the Shot series because it presents a great man challenges to any photographer. This time we’re looking at a typical panning shot, where a very slow shutter speed is used, combined with a panning motion of the camera. When you pan with the car and keep it in exactly the same place in the frame, the car stays sharp whilst everything else around it becomes blurred.  This is done to create a sense of speed, and the 1/30 of a second shutter speed for this shot

Where Have I Been !? Petit Le Mans.

Hey guys, sorry for the lack of posting last week!  I have been away shooting another big motorsports event.  My post earlier in the year about my trip to France to shoot the Le Mans 24 Hours was very popular.  Well this time I was shooting an event called the Petit Le Mans, a 10 hour race featuring the same cars. Update: Unfortunately this gallery is no longer available.

All quiet on the western coast…for now

The blog has been pretty quiet lately.  Having finished my final shoot of the winter for Whistler Blackcomb in May I took a bit of time off after a long winter.  I went back to England to visit my family and also took some time to head to France to watch the Le Mans 24 hour motor race.  After skiing, motor racing is my second passion.  One day I would love to spend a bit more time shooting it.  The trip to France was a holiday for me so i didn’t spend a lot of time shooting but I did