2013 Le Mans 24 Hrs (Jun 23, My Night In A Front Straight Grandstand)

It was lightly raining as I walked from the Dunlop Grandstand down the hill to the ACO Stand 18, which I arrived at around 4 am Sunday morning. By now I was cold, wet, and very tired. Luckily I had an ACO membership which enabled me access to the private restrooms and food area in the ACO Stand 18. I highly recommend getting membership to the ACO before you purchase your Le Mans tickets, since it gives you an early reservation opportunity and access to the private ACO areas near the Dunlop Bridge and Stand 18. After grabbing some coffee and a sandwich I sat myself down at a table near one of the closed-circuit TVs to watch the race, with a few dozen other tired fans in the room. After finishing my coffee and sandwich I grabbed my photo gear and went up to Stand 18 and found a seat opposite the Audi and Aston Martin pits, where I watched some early morning pit stop action. Hope you like the photos. Continue reading “2013 Le Mans 24 Hrs (Jun 23, My Night In A Front Straight Grandstand)”

2013 Le Mans 24 Hrs (Jun 22, Aston Martin Art Car at the “S” Ford Curves)

While at the viewing platform in Stand 23, practiced my panning technique by using lower shutter speeds than I normally use to get more pronounced blurring of the car during panning. Managed to get down to 1/60th of a sec (although a lot of my images shot at this shutter speed were not very good) and got a good shot of the Aston Martin Vantage GTE “Art” Car (Aston Martin Racing, LM GTE Pro class)┬áspeeding through the “S” Ford Curves. I think the Aston Martin “Art” car looks great and was one of my favorite cars at Le Mans to photograph. Hope you like the photos. Continue reading “2013 Le Mans 24 Hrs (Jun 22, Aston Martin Art Car at the “S” Ford Curves)”

2013 Le Mans 24 Hrs (Jun 22, The Esses to Virage Porsche)

After shooting the start of the race at The Esses, I packed up my gear and headed for the “long” walk to Virage Porsche (Porsche Curves). Hope you like the photos. Continue reading “2013 Le Mans 24 Hrs (Jun 22, The Esses to Virage Porsche)”

2013 Le Mans 24 Hrs (Jun 22, At The Esses)

This is my third time to the Le Mans 24 Hrs, and feel very fortunate to be able to have the opportunity to attend this race. Hope you like the photos. Continue reading “2013 Le Mans 24 Hrs (Jun 22, At The Esses)”

Quick Blog – Audi Wins the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hrs (Jun 23)

On Saturday took the TGV from Paris to Le Mans and arrived at the track at about 11.30 am. The race started at 3.00 pm and I stayed at the track for the whole 24 hrs, with only about a half hour nap on Sunday morning. It was a marathon photography adventure with the rain, wind, night, crowds, fatigue, and little sleep to contend with. By the time I got back to Paris and into bed I had been up for about 40 hrs. But it was worth it, and what an experience to be with the estimated 245,000 spectators at the track, especially late at night and in the early morning hours at Tertre Rouge. Hope you like the photos. Continue reading “Quick Blog – Audi Wins the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hrs (Jun 23)”

Quick Blog – On my way to the Le Mans 24 Hrs, via Switzerland (Jun 14 to 19)

I’m on my way to the Le Mans 24 Hrs race in France. France is one of the most favorite countries my wife and I like to visit, so the “deal” is that I can go to Le Mans as long as we go to Paris for vacation, which is not a bad “deal”. We left the USA last Friday night (luckily the Air Traffic controllers and train strikes were over in France) at about 10.30 pm and flew Air France to Paris. We arrived, at the Charles de Gaulle airport (CDG) at about 11.20 am on Saturday morning. As we entered the immigration area, I saw to my left a large advertisement for the 2013 F1 Ferrari watch from Hubolt, which I’m sure is out of my price range. Hope you like the photos. Continue reading “Quick Blog – On my way to the Le Mans 24 Hrs, via Switzerland (Jun 14 to 19)”

Spotlight – Lexus LFA at the 2013 Nurburgring 24 Hrs

I must admit before the Nurburgring 24 Hrs I had never heard of the Lexus LFA, guess I’ve been “living under a rock!” Then on our first day at the track I saw the Lexus LFA for the first time at the Breidscheid spectator area. A sleek looking car was quickly decelerating as it came down the steep hill in torrential rain, with its yellow headlights blazing (which always makes it difficult to get correct exposure, BTW) before turning sharply to the left, and accelerating down another hill, before climbing up a hill and shooting through a slight right-hand curve into the mountains. I thought to myself “wow” what a car. When I got back to the hotel I showed other guests the photos of this car, and they told me it was a Lexus LFA. I immediately did some research on the web about this car. Continue reading “Spotlight – Lexus LFA at the 2013 Nurburgring 24 Hrs”

Tips – 2013 Nurburgring 24 Hrs (Photography lessons learnt)

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Quick Blog – 2013 Nurburging 24 Hrs (May 20)

Got to bed at about 12.30 am last night, hence getting up today was hard, with my bodying aching with all the walking and carrying the camera gear over the last few days, but it has been great exercise. The race was restarted around 8 am, with the rain gradually getting lighter to overcast skies with periodic light showers. Got to the GP circuit part of the track (didn’t feel like going to the less accessible parts of the track due to the wet conditions, mud, and traffic) around 11.30 am, which gave us about 5 hours for photography. Continue reading “Quick Blog – 2013 Nurburging 24 Hrs (May 20)”

Quick Blog – 2013 Nurburgring 24 Hrs (May 19)

Before the race their were many activities including watching the grid assemble on the front straight, tens of thousands of spectators invading the cars as they sat on the front straight before the race, a Red Bull motorbike stunt show, and Michael Schumacher driving an F1 car around the circuit. Continue reading “Quick Blog – 2013 Nurburgring 24 Hrs (May 19)”

Quick Blog – 2013 Nurburgring 24 Hrs (May 18)

Another great day of photographing. This time took the Gastehaus Fuchsrochre shuttle bus to the Brunnchen spectator area, which is a great spot to photograph the cars as they exit the corner, come down a steep hill, then zoom along a short straight, before entering and exiting another corner. Continue reading “Quick Blog – 2013 Nurburgring 24 Hrs (May 18)”

Quick Blog – 2013 Nurburgring 24 Hrs (May 17)

For our first day at the Nurburgring we drove to the Breidscheid spectator area at the northern end of the track near the town of Adenau. Continue reading “Quick Blog – 2013 Nurburgring 24 Hrs (May 17)”

Quick Blog – 2013 Nurburgring 24 Hrs (May 15 and 16)

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2013 Sebring 12 Hrs (Mar 16, part 3)

Turn 1 (inside turn from Turn One Club, mid-afternoon)

By mid-afternoon started to get hungry so walked over to the Audi Turn One Club for a late lunch and sat in a small Grandstand which was right next to the inside of the apex of Turn 1. This was a great place to be very close to the cars, but taking photos of the cars was very challenging since it was a blind corner. Continue reading “2013 Sebring 12 Hrs (Mar 16, part 3)”

2013 Sebring 12 Hrs (Mar 16, part 2)

After watching the start of the race I decided to walk over to the outside of Turn 1. This is where a chance meeting led to a great photographic opportunity. On the way I stopped at a restroom, then as I was leaving the restroom, put my camera backpack on a Golf cart to organize my gear. As I was doing this, the gentleman who owned the Golf cart asked “where was I going?” I mentioned I was on my way to Turn 1, so he said, “I’ll take you there”. Continue reading “2013 Sebring 12 Hrs (Mar 16, part 2)”

2013 Sebring 12 Hrs (Mar 16, part 1)

Got up early and got to the track around 9 am. Drove through Gate 1 and parked at the Audi Corral overflow car park (thanks again to the Audi fan who gave me a spare parking permit). On race day its very hard to find a general parking area and would recommend parking in the overflow parking area through Gate 3 if you don’t have access to car corrals. I had the day all planned in terms of which track location I would be at, what time of day etc. Had planned to shoot the start of the race between the inside straight between Turns 2 and 3 to get front shots of the cars speeding down the straight and bunched up (like I did last year). However, as you know, all the planning gets “thrown out the window” when you are on site, and in this case it led to some great photographic opportunities, which I’ll expand later in this positing. Continue reading “2013 Sebring 12 Hrs (Mar 16, part 1)”