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« Reply #90 on: March 14, 2014, 05:32:03 PM »
RE The more prominent Mobil sponsor on Mclaren, that's a one off for Australia, it's to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their partnership. Mclaren still don't have a title sponsor so potentially the side pods will be blank at the second race.

Liking some of the photos here. Glad I heard a V8 before they were retired. Wish I had the opportunity to go to an F1 race this year, but the prices for the British GP are just outrageous. Cheaper to go to Belgium, or the 24 hours of Le Mans, Le Mans wins every time in that dilemma I think!
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« Reply #91 on: March 15, 2014, 06:42:36 AM »
RE The more prominent Mobil sponsor on Mclaren, that's a one off for Australia, it's to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their partnership. Mclaren still don't have a title sponsor so potentially the side pods will be blank at the second race.

Liking some of the photos here. Glad I heard a V8 before they were retired. Wish I had the opportunity to go to an F1 race this year, but the prices for the British GP are just outrageous. Cheaper to go to Belgium, or the 24 hours of Le Mans, Le Mans wins every time in that dilemma I think!

Thanks for the update on Mobil.  I wasn't aware of that until they rolled out for the first practice session on Friday morning here but that livery does look really good.

After all the carry on about the (lack of) sound (and I was one of those missing the screaming v8), it was all forgotten in one epic qualifying session. 

I would love to go to Spa for a GP and especially to tour the original track :D  Le Mans also has its charm and with Porsche back it becomes more compelling.  I still love Steve McQueen's movie - When you’re racing, it... it’s life. Anything that happens before or after... is just waiting.
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« Reply #92 on: March 15, 2014, 01:25:00 PM »
RE The more prominent Mobil sponsor on Mclaren, that's a one off for Australia, it's to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their partnership. Mclaren still don't have a title sponsor so potentially the side pods will be blank at the second race.

Liking some of the photos here. Glad I heard a V8 before they were retired. Wish I had the opportunity to go to an F1 race this year, but the prices for the British GP are just outrageous. Cheaper to go to Belgium, or the 24 hours of Le Mans, Le Mans wins every time in that dilemma I think!

Thanks for the update on Mobil.  I wasn't aware of that until they rolled out for the first practice session on Friday morning here but that livery does look really good.

After all the carry on about the (lack of) sound (and I was one of those missing the screaming v8), it was all forgotten in one epic qualifying session. 

I would love to go to Spa for a GP and especially to tour the original track :D  Le Mans also has its charm and with Porsche back it becomes more compelling.  I still love Steve McQueen's movie - When you’re racing, it... it’s life. Anything that happens before or after... is just waiting.

Great shots, Roo! It was great to see the home crowd supporting Ricciardo during qualifying. What an effort by Red Bull after a disastrous winter. The Williams/Martini livery looks fantastic, too.

I lament the loss of the naturally aspirated era. It's not that I don't like the sound of the new turbo motors. It's just that they're so quiet. I feel as if the much of the emotion has been stripped from F1. I won't pass final judgement until I've had a chance to hear the new cars in person in Austin, but nevertheless the action is qualifying was epic to say the least.

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« Reply #93 on: March 15, 2014, 01:53:59 PM »
Brilliant shots Roo, I enjoyed seeing them.  The new cars are really quiet aren't they!  still can't wait for Abu Dhabi (AD), I've decided not to work at it this year, so I'll be a spectator with my wife, going to do the whole 4 days, pit walk on the Thursday with a drivers signing session, this season promises to be too exciting with the double points in AD to miss it.  Have a look for a guy that looks like Elvis, he turns up at all crashes in Melbourne, that's Alastair, top bloke who gave us some training in AD for the V8 supercars.
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« Reply #94 on: March 16, 2014, 03:13:40 PM »
What a race! A Mercedes, a rookie, and a Red Bull (driven by the team's #2 driver no less) on podium, great stuff. I might have a new favorite driver in Ricciardo. I love this guy's enthusiasm. I can't wait to see how the action intensifies once the schedule moves on to tracks with more over-taking opportunities.

We'll have to see if Red Bull's disqualification stands:

http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/formula1/26601418


Sounds like BS to me, and if the FIA has any decency they'll sustain Red Bull's appeal.

On a side note, the Mercedes power units are looking stout. I wonder if Ron Dennis is reconsidering the team's projected switch to Honda power next season. Honda's last foray as an engine supplier in F1 wasn't exactly a raging success.
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« Reply #95 on: March 16, 2014, 09:33:07 PM »
Hi folks.
If you guys want pit access to an event where the cars not only sound like cars they look like cars, I got one thing to say, Goodwood Revival. Pit access is ticket dependant, as in better tickets get more if I remember right..

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Btw, I don't care for how the new F1 cars sound, at least on tv.  I knew I wouldn't!  The sound was via one of my DIY highend speaker projects that is not finished, admittedly, but the sound is not too far off what the end result will be.  Uses Scanspeak Illuminator tweeters...
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« Reply #96 on: March 16, 2014, 11:34:21 PM »
On a side note, the Mercedes power units are looking stout. I wonder if Ron Dennis is reconsidering the team's projected switch to Honda power next season. Honda's last foray as an engine supplier in F1 wasn't exactly a raging success.
19 seasons with only 1 championship win with Merc engines isn’t a good statistic for a team like McLaren Graham, they do look strong at the moment but it's only race 1 of the season...........ohh yeah, and McLaren are winning the constructors championship at the moment  ;D
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« Reply #97 on: March 17, 2014, 12:32:04 AM »
19 seasons with only 1 championship win with Merc engines isn’t a good statistic for a team like McLaren Graham, they do look strong at the moment but it's only race 1 of the season...........ohh yeah, and McLaren are winning the constructors championship at the moment  ;D

I understand the whole nostalgia element, but I think having drivers like Senna and Prost during the Honda-powered McLaren era may have had something to do with why Honda engines seemed so dominant :) As it stands, Honda will be a year behind the curve when they re-enter F1 in 2015. With such dramatic rule changes since the last time Honda was in F1, I wouldn't want to be their guinea pigs! Nevertheless, I'd very much like to see McLaren and Ferrari start winning races again. I don't know about Ferrari, but McLaren doesn't seem that far off.
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« Reply #98 on: March 19, 2014, 01:11:36 AM »
RE The more prominent Mobil sponsor on Mclaren, that's a one off for Australia, it's to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their partnership. Mclaren still don't have a title sponsor so potentially the side pods will be blank at the second race.

Liking some of the photos here. Glad I heard a V8 before they were retired. Wish I had the opportunity to go to an F1 race this year, but the prices for the British GP are just outrageous. Cheaper to go to Belgium, or the 24 hours of Le Mans, Le Mans wins every time in that dilemma I think!

Thanks for the update on Mobil.  I wasn't aware of that until they rolled out for the first practice session on Friday morning here but that livery does look really good.

After all the carry on about the (lack of) sound (and I was one of those missing the screaming v8), it was all forgotten in one epic qualifying session. 

I would love to go to Spa for a GP and especially to tour the original track :D  Le Mans also has its charm and with Porsche back it becomes more compelling.  I still love Steve McQueen's movie - When you’re racing, it... it’s life. Anything that happens before or after... is just waiting.

+1, and you gotta love that Martini livery !

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« Reply #99 on: March 19, 2014, 06:23:49 AM »
Thanks all for the kind comments.  The weekend was great as always with lots of on and off track entertainment.  I only took the 70-200 for the Saturday and Sunday but I was still happy with some of the shots I got.  It was the first time I really got out to shoot with it and I can now see why it is such a well regarded lens  :D  From my seat using the 150-600 would annoy too many people in the crowded stand lol

Regardless of the sound the new regs produce a car that moves around a lot more and provide a lot more sideways action.  The extra torque combined with the reduction of aero means the drivers walk a very fine line keeping it on the black stuff.

Thanks for the marshalling suggestion TheJock.  I did pick up a brochure from CAMS a couple of years ago and looked at the opportunities it provided such as being eligible to work at the Singapore GP etc.  However, I thought that if my primary reason for becoming a marshal was the photo opportunities then I'm not doing it for the right reasons. 
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« Reply #100 on: March 19, 2014, 07:11:01 AM »
Just a few shots to show there is more happening on and off the track than just the F1 and V8s :D On track action included Historics demonstration laps (1926 Talbot to a 1971 Alfa GTAM), Mazda 3 Celebrity races, Carrera Cup, C63 vs V8 supercar vs F1 (great to hear the screaming v8)  and targa rally cars.  Off track included Tony Hawk and his Vert Jam (my mate showed his age asking who is Tony Hawk and who is Vert Jam?), various bmx/motorcycle stunts and a lot of cars on display.

The woman in the pic is the gorgeous Lydia Lassila, winner of gold and bronze medals in aerials skiing at the last 2 winter Olympics.  She was in the celebrity race but that is not her very secondhand 'All New' Madza 3!  I do need to figure out out to fix up the bottom part of her photo in LR5. Taking that shot also made me realise I need to afma my new lens!
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« Reply #101 on: March 19, 2014, 01:12:20 PM »
Great images Roo, I particularly like the one where the tire carcass lies to the outside while the Force India' torn sidewalls are thrown around and the Sauber broken nose is clearly visible.

It is also great to see you had a nice weekend.

On a side note, did you try some slower shutter speeds during the weekend? I find many of your images are quite well framed (and timed) but could convey more sense of speed and movements. Using slower shutter speeds helps there by having the wheels and tire threads/lettering blurred. I think you could also give a go at panning shots. Considering how your images look, I'm sure you'd get good results.

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« Reply #102 on: March 26, 2014, 10:37:53 PM »
Great images Roo, I particularly like the one where the tire carcass lies to the outside while the Force India' torn sidewalls are thrown around and the Sauber broken nose is clearly visible.

It is also great to see you had a nice weekend.

On a side note, did you try some slower shutter speeds during the weekend? I find many of your images are quite well framed (and timed) but could convey more sense of speed and movements. Using slower shutter speeds helps there by having the wheels and tire threads/lettering blurred. I think you could also give a go at panning shots. Considering how your images look, I'm sure you'd get good results.

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Thanks.  I agree about the panning but I didn't play around too long on it as even @f8 and iso 160 I was still getting a shutter speed of 1/640 which is nowhere near slow enough. I already have a new plan for the Friday next year.  High on the mound at turn 9 will allow me to shoot over the fence in one session and then I'll go back to turn 14 for the slightly faster sweeper.  In the meantime - plenty of panning practice!
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« Reply #103 on: March 27, 2014, 02:58:59 AM »
Great images Roo, I particularly like the one where the tire carcass lies to the outside while the Force India' torn sidewalls are thrown around and the Sauber broken nose is clearly visible.

It is also great to see you had a nice weekend.

On a side note, did you try some slower shutter speeds during the weekend? I find many of your images are quite well framed (and timed) but could convey more sense of speed and movements. Using slower shutter speeds helps there by having the wheels and tire threads/lettering blurred. I think you could also give a go at panning shots. Considering how your images look, I'm sure you'd get good results.

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Thanks.  I agree about the panning but I didn't play around too long on it as even @f8 and iso 160 I was still getting a shutter speed of 1/640 which is nowhere near slow enough. I already have a new plan for the Friday next year.  High on the mound at turn 9 will allow me to shoot over the fence in one session and then I'll go back to turn 14 for the slightly faster sweeper.  In the meantime - plenty of panning practice!

Panning shots are only one aspect of car racing photos, it seems to me.  If you were at a slow shutter speed then many of your shots above would have been blurred.

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« Reply #104 on: March 29, 2014, 01:54:28 PM »
Great images Roo, I particularly like the one where the tire carcass lies to the outside while the Force India' torn sidewalls are thrown around and the Sauber broken nose is clearly visible.

It is also great to see you had a nice weekend.

On a side note, did you try some slower shutter speeds during the weekend? I find many of your images are quite well framed (and timed) but could convey more sense of speed and movements. Using slower shutter speeds helps there by having the wheels and tire threads/lettering blurred. I think you could also give a go at panning shots. Considering how your images look, I'm sure you'd get good results.

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Thanks.  I agree about the panning but I didn't play around too long on it as even @f8 and iso 160 I was still getting a shutter speed of 1/640 which is nowhere near slow enough. I already have a new plan for the Friday next year.  High on the mound at turn 9 will allow me to shoot over the fence in one session and then I'll go back to turn 14 for the slightly faster sweeper.  In the meantime - plenty of panning practice!

Panning shots are only one aspect of car racing photos, it seems to me.  If you were at a slow shutter speed then many of your shots above would have been blurred.

There was really now offense meant. I totally agree, some of Roo's shots are terrific as is. He captured some of the trackside action, some great head-on shots which are quite well framed and timed (although they can be taken at slower speeds, I'm not all that found of that look) and generally, the quality is good. I thought that was about clear in my original post. It is just that I also saw a few images that would have been good candidates for slower shutter speeds and was convinced Roo could have nailed them.

His explanation about there being to much light totally satisfies me. Although I personally don't mind shooting at F16, I understand that some people can't stand the risk of diffraction. I'm eager to see more of his and others work on that thread as well as on any other subject. I know I'll post some more of mine in June after the Canadian GP.

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