2013 Sebring 12 Hrs (Mar 15, part 1)

Today was to be long and exciting day with many great photography opportunities on track and in the paddock. Was also fortunate enough to participate in the Audi Motorsport Experience, which I’ll talk about in Part 2 of the March 15 posting. For easy access to Turn 6, drove the car through Gate 1 and parked in the general parking area near the Walkover bridge and the Party Zone.Turn 6 (inside turn, morning)

For the morning shoot walked to the outside of Turn 6 to photograph the cars as they exited under the Driveover Bridge and went down the Turn 6 to 7 straight. In the morning the sun is at your back and illuminates the side and front of the cars. Great place for head on shots and side panning. My favorite car to shoot is the Audi R18 e-tron quattro, its amazing how fast this car goes, yet its so quiet (its strange, you know its coming when you hear “nothing”, then you hear a swoosh …. as it goes by). It is also a great location to photograph cars overtaking each other.

2013_Sebring (HC7A8372)Aston Martin Vantage V8 leading a Ferrari F458 Italia and Porsche 911 GT3 RS – GT class (Canon 5D Mark III, 300mm f/2.8L IS II, f/8, 1/800, ISO 200, Driveover Bridge at Turn 6)

2013_Sebring (HC7A8421)Audi R18 e-tron quattro (P1 class, Audi Sport Joest) (Canon 5D Mark III, 300mm f/2.8L IS II, f/14, 1/200, ISO 100, Driveover Bridge at Turn 6)

2013_Sebring (HC7A8349)Oreca FLM09 – PC class, RSR Racing (Canon 5D Mark III, 300mm f/2.8L IS II, f/18, 1/100, ISO 100; Turn 6 straight)

Paddock area

Walked over to the paddock area for lunch and took some people and event atmosphere shots. The paddock area was very crowded since is was the drivers autograph day, and its amazing who you see.

2013_Sebring (IMG_4776)Plenty of places to find food to eat (Canon 5D Mark III, 28mm f/2.8 IS, f/5.6, 1/1250, ISO 100; Paddock)

2013_Sebring (IMG_4811)A good place to sit down and rest between races (Canon 5D Mark III, 28mm f/2.8 IS, f/8, 1/1200, ISO 100, Speedlite 600EX-RT for fill-flash; Paddock)

2013_Sebring (IMG_4813)Miss Sebring (Canon 5D Mark III, 28mm f/2.8 IS, f/8, 1/160, ISO 100, Speedlite 600EX-RT for fill-flash; Paddock)

 

2013_Sebring (IMG_4849)A group of avid race fans Canon 5D Mark III, 28mm f/2.8 IS, f/8, 1/200, ISO 100, Speedlite 600EX-RT for fill-flash; Paddock)

2013_Sebring (IMG_4852)Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car being towed through the paddock – GTC class, NGT Motorsport (Canon 5D Mark III, 28mm f/2.8 IS, f/8, 1/640, ISO 100; Paddock)

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