Formula One comes to America
In a land more known for NASCAR and the Indy 500, Formula One made its one annual appearance in America this past weekend. I had the opportunity to shoot the race at the Circuit of the Americas. If you’ve never been, you should definitely check it out! Even if you aren’t a race fan, Formula 1 is great for people watching and celebrity spotting. If you’re a music fan you can catch a couple of great concerts. It also garners an international audience right here in Austin, TX.
Personally, I am a race fan and love seeing my favorite drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, in action. This year was also the debut of the new American team HaasF1. They have been one of the most successful first year teams in years. They have 29 points as a team--unheard of for a first-year team.
The weekend also featured a vintage F1 race car series known as Masters Historic Racing. This series is comprised of some of the most amazing F1 cars of the past and many have values in the millions. The owners have taken great care to race them as they were in their day. The drivers take this event very seriously and race hard, which is interesting due to the historic value of the cars.
The magic of shooting a race involves a technique called “panning”. This is where you use a slow shutter speed and pan with the car as it goes by. It yields a result where the car is sharp and in focus while the background and tires are blurred, eliciting the feeling of movement.
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Keywords: Austin, COTA, F1, Ferrari, Mercedes, Sebastian Vettel, lewis Hamilton, masters historic racing
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