We have lots of great circuits in the UK. The really famous, historic ones, like Silverstone and Brands Hatch, get lots of attention. What about the smaller ones, the ones that are a bit off the beaten track?
Cadwell is one of the best in this latter category. Motor Sport Vision took it over, and have tweaked track and facilities each year, without getting carried away. I could talk about the cafe, toilets, access to the paddock, the new bridge, etc. But, the best bit for photographers is that there’s hardly any catch fencing – the photographers arch nemesis at many circuits. So, you get a clear view. You can also get really close in places, so you can get interesting perspectives and you don’t need massive lenses. There are elevation changes too, which lead to interesting angles, much nicer to shoot here than flat and fenced in Silverstone!
Canon 60D, 300 mm, F4.0, 1/1250 s, ISO-100.
This shot of the Alfa Romeo 156 was taken from Charlie’s, looking down the dip on Park Straight (it’s not very straight!). The trick here is to keep focus close to the camera and throw the background out of focus with the short depth of field, which results from the wide aperture (F4.0). Timing is everything as the blue car appears into the pre-composed scene. I’ve tightened up the composition with a crop to square proportions, which works well on screen. Patience is needed here to let the race develop, and the spacing of the cars give the composition you want. All close together looses the depth that is achieved here.
I will, no doubt, share more Cadwell pictures.