Brownlow House Classic Car Rally

There is nothing like a classic car rally to being back memories of the 1960s.  In my day I owned a succession of MGs, Midgets and MG Bs.  So I was naturally drawn to the MGs on display of which there were many.

It was unfortunate that the EU forced rubber bumpers as the earlier cars fitted with chrome bumpers looked much better.  Of course the real classic MG was the MG A, and a 1959 model was on display.

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There were of course some vintage models view, although I was particularly drawn to the MGs.

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I met one real character who was directing traffic, an RAF veteran who kindly allowed me to take his photograph.

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All colour images taken with a Fujifilm X Pro 1 camera fitted with a 35mm 1.4 lens, all exposures were ISO 400, 1/250 second at f8.  The monochrome was taken at f2.8 and 1/1900 shutter speed.

All images contained on this website remain the property of Roger Bradley. Images may not be downloaded, reproduced, copied, projected, or used in any way without express written permission 

Motor sport photography

I recently attended the Lurgan Park Rally and even though I am not really interested in rallying it was an enjoyable day out.  My intention was just to bring a camera and have a bit of fun and to work out the best way to make images in these circumstances, i.e. very fast moving motorcars!  The best tool for the job would have been a DSLR with a fast zoom lens, however I was armed with the Fujifilm X Pro 1 fitted with a prime 60mm lens.  So how would I fare with a slower focusing camera?  Here are some findings.

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f2.8 at 1/2000th second does make the car look as if it were parked! So how should we demonstrate speed?


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f4.0 at 1/2000th but this time showing a dust trail does convey that the car is fas moving.

One other way to demonstrate speed would be to reduce the shutter speed as the following image shows, notice the effect on the wheels.  It is also necessary to pan the camera in order to avoid motion blur of the vehicle, as a result the spectators in the background are blurred, this combined with the effect on the wheels convey speed.

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f5.6 at 1/250th second, enough to show wheels spinning!

But with a slow focusing camera how did I manage to focus fast moving cars on the rally circuit?  Simply focus on a particular spot and wait for the car to reach that point.  However while I enjoyed the lightness of the camera bag next time I think I would take the DSLR despite its bulk and weight!

All images contained on this website remain the property of Roger Bradley. Images may not be downloaded, reproduced, copied, projected, or used in any way without express written permission.