I don’t usually shoot cars. But the minute I heard I was invited to Mercedes GP’s VIP suit, I booked the ticket and ordered 70-200mm VR II rental lens. It’s not often you get to be Michael Schumacher’s guest: champagnes and caviar, uhmmm…..
Shooting race cars at night turned out to be a lot more challenging than I thought. I didn’t want to shoot high ISO (I hate noise!), so I had to trade-off some shutter speed. This is one of the few that turned out sharp while panning. I was shooting 4 frames per second; so I would say the success rate is much less than 1%. Keep in mind that this is at the end of the longest straight; going into turn one. So I only had about 3 seconds to spot the car, focus, lock, and pan. I love the effect of motion blur.