In an end-of-year special, Xynamic Automotive Photography’s Gary Parravani selects his 10 favourite shots from another eventful season in the Blancpain GT Series.
It was nice to work closely with Bentley for another year, particularly as the green and white colours work well with a green background. The Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona doesn’t have quite as much lush green vegetation as the Nordschleife, but it can be found if you look carefully. Here’s the No. 8 car exiting the final bend.
Another Bentley shot, this time of Team Parker Racing at the Spa 24 Hours. Its difficult to think of something new to do with the 11pm fireworks, so I tried panning a car with them in the background. It wasn’t easy, but I managed to get one nice pan of the car I wanted and one nice pan of the fireworks. With a little bit of Adobe magic, this is the result.
At a big circuit like Spa-Francorchamps, you don’t always want to drag around a big tripod, but that’s okay because sometimes improvising by putting your camera on a discarded can of Jupiler works just as well.
It can get a bit hot in the south of France! Here’s Russian driver Leo Machitski after a long session getting to grips with his Barwell Lamborghini.
When I know there will be a sunset or sunrise, I usually look on my iPhone app to see how to line up the sun with a shot at a particular time. At most circuits, that means getting a shot of the car coming towards you or away with the sun in the background, but at Circuit Paul Ricard I like to pan the car right into a patch of sun glinting on the tarmac, which works particularly well with the beautiful outline of the McLaren 650S. Usually this is done with careful timing and manual focus, because Autofocus can’t be relied on to shoot into a shadow with the sun behind it.
Of course, motorsport is not all about the cars and the drivers! I love this shot of the M-Sport team – luckily for me they were all still focused on the job and not distracted by the 6’4″ lump of a photographer who just laid down in front of them.
Sometimes you have an idea for a shot that you know is risky, but you can only do it in a small time-frame. In this case, this pan shot from the Dunlop hairpin at the Nurburgring was only ever going to work in the first few laps whilst all the cars were together. A bit of luck, mixed with a bit of skill and fortunately it all worked out.
Sometimes dialling in a little bit of extra exposure and catching some sunlight reflecting can make a shot more attractive. Here’s Maxime Soulet getting distracted by the annoying photographer at Nurburgring.
Spa 24 Hours was a busy event for Xynamic Automotive Photography. We had 12 cars to shoot, which meant we needed to shoot about one in six of the cars. The Spa Parade is busy, but I took a chance that one of our 12 cars would be first down the hill and get me this shot. My luck was in! As a back up, I also had another camera set up on the kerb to shoot the cars passing with the fountain and church in the background.
Another shot from the Spa Parade, this time of the Rinaldi Ferrari. Lining up the sun with a shot on the brow of the hill was difficult for two reasons: 1) There is a good chance that someone will stand in front of you and 2) It was a cloudy day, so the sun wasn’t too interested in coming out to play. But it did show its face for a few milliseconds and this was the result!