Wednesday, April 29


Ok, I admit it. I'm a frustrated photographer!

We went to our first motorsport race of the season last Saturday. It was an event called Modified Live. I wanted to go and see the drift racing more than any of the other scheduled races. It was a great day! I loved the drifting!

We got there and it was absoultely piddling it down with rain. I mean.. heavy rain! The two Artic Trucks had just come out and started their demonstration. Spray everywhere, but great to watch and the rain was subsiding already. Camera out, click click click. Great stuff. The day continued to dry out although the Brisish Superbike did a few laps in the wet. This guy rode the gears off the R1 no holds barred in the rain. I had a great day! Not only that, I got some great shots. Well, it's my opinion that they're great.

One of the things with motorsport photography is you can either do it or you can't. I spent last season practicing and getting a mixed bag of results. The panning technique takes some working on! This year I was far more comfortable panning.

The thing now is that I feel that my motorsport shots are actually quite good. Now this isn't like me. I'm very overly critical about my photographs.. but I like this recent batch and I really want to do something with them. But what? I did go to the Time Attack forum and posted some pics there. Two of the drivers got in touch and said they were very impressed with the shots and asked if they could have a copy. Me being me, said yes right away and emailed them over. I didn't have the nerve to charge them anything for the photographs. I'm never going to earn my million like this am I? LOL.

Now I've started to desire a new lens. I really, really, REALLY want the 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. This would be excellent for motorsport photography! Problem is, the cheapest I can find it at is £629.99!! Yikes! I happened to slip this into a conversation with Mark last night. He just laughed at me and didn't take me serious for a minute. [sigh] I have to have this lens! I don't know how I'm going to get it though LOL. I don't even have anything to sell to raise the funds. And the thought of selling my body (yes it did cross my mind) doesn't appeal to me in the slightest. So how on earth do I get this lens? [sigh again]

Anyway, next weekend is British Superbike weekend at Oulton Park!! Yay! I HAVE to be there. Mark had been going on about how he wanted to go, and I'd been the one saying.. oh, I dunno.. so then I decided that yes I did want to go and he changed his mind. He wasn't bothered. [men! grrr] I'm happy to go to the practice day [Saturday], or qualifying [Sunday] rather than race day on the Monday. It's also cheaper to go on the Sunday. So with him being indecisive, I said, ok then, I'm happy to go on my own, so I'll go on the Sunday when they're qualifying. So Mark said ok. I then had to point out to him that if I were going on my own, I meant on my own.. as in, not taking Isabelle! You should have seen his eyes almost pop out of his head! He hadn't thought of that. So now he's trying to decide which would be best for him. A day at home with Isabelle, or whether he'd prefer to see the Superbikes. Problem is, if he comes to the Superbikes with Isabelle and I, it means I have to keep my eye on Isabelle as well as take photographs, which makes getting good shots quite difficult. It's not easy having eyes up your behind. Why can't he seem to keep an eye on her? Ok, I'm winding myself up now.. I'll leave that subject LOL.

So here are a few shots from the day. I know they're cars and they're not to everyone's taste. It's easy to appreciate a cute fluffy kitty shot, but although technically more difficult to do, cars in action shots aren't quite as pleasing to the eye. I'm pleased with them and I suppose that's all that really matters.


  1. That is a very heavy lens Annie!!!

    you could try the sigma version.

    Great photos!

  2. The sigma version would be cheaper LOL. It's not as heavy as the 500mm lens I have, but I can't carry that beast around for long periods at a time. Yikes, you need to be a muscle man to carry that around for long LOL

  3. I am really worried because after the last wedding, i think that lens has badly strained my elbow, wrist and desperately trying to get it better before next wedding!!