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
Be warned, if you want a shot of Sebastien Loeb's DS3 kicking up a concoction of rocks and dust be prepared to be covered in the stuff. It was only after receiving countless dead-legs and cut shins that I took note of the pros' technique: nail the shot, turn your back, and curl up into a tight ball of safety.
Because of the dust lingering in the air, cars had a gap of three minutes (later increased to four) so they could see where they were going. This gave me time to change position, adjust my camera settings, and cough out the heavy dust lining my lungs.
Dust and imminent death aside, the hardest part of taking pictures of rallying is simply knowing where they will go and what they will do. It doesn't help that the drivers quite often don't know either. So I was advised to guess a likely line, then assess the light conditions.