Up close and personal at Rally Spain
Last weekend we sent our new intern to learn how to take rally pictures. He did well…
Posted: 27 Oct 2011
The first thing I learned from the pros: you need a decent location and there are essentially two options. You can try and find somewhere where the car is likely to do something spectacular: jump in the air, pile through a puddle, or plough uncontrolled into a thicket of trees. Two: you find somewhere picturesque that illustrates where you are in the world. Luckily for me, the pros had done the hard work the day before, driving all 406.53 kilometres of the timed stages and noting down the best places to shoot, so we picked option two and we headed for a dusty olive grove.
As the top drivers came past me for the first time, I quickly realised two things about rally photography. It's not easy, and it really is rather dangerous. The stages are long, and the marshals can't be everywhere, so fans often get as close to the action as they want.