Race tracks are huge, and as a fan, you don’t always have the legs or desire to hunt down every last great photo spot. Not to mention hauling a bunch of camera gear all over the place is a serious kick in the ass. So I’m going to fill you in on some of the best spots I found to shoot at Silverstone as a fan. Some may be obvious and some may not be so obvious. But without a press pass we need to find as many gaps in the fence as we can right? I hope this list can help both your photography and your lower back, shoulders and neck!
Starting off with the spot I took my favourite photo of the event, which is the inside portion of the loop. From the inside of the circuit, at the southern most bend of The Loop there is a nice gap in the fence. What’s great about this spot is that you are lower than track level. And so far it’s the only place I’ve found that has that view of the track. You can get GREAT panning shots here, with both the background and the foreground in a big nice smooth blur. I really like that unique touch of being able to slightly have the bottom of the wheels cut off by the foreground. I will be spending more time here in the future, that’s for sure.
MAGGOTTS & BECKETTS GRANDSTAND
This one is kind of obvious, the Maggotts & Becketts complex is legendary. The cars come in full tilt, and it takes some serious balls to keep the speed up through this section. This is a grandstand spot, and the cars are quite far away so you need a lens with reach or a sensor with a LOT of pixels. But to see the cars go through this section is a killer experience. If you can get a good pan shot here, with the car sharp, I can assure you it will look great. The sense of speed from this location is GREAT.
Compositionally the chicane at Vale is one of the more beautiful areas on the track. Situated just to the side of the Club grandstands you get a nice straight on view of the chicane. It’s the proverbial “ribon of asphalt” slicing through your frame perfectly. The cars are not flying through here, so it’s easy to get a nice sharp photo. Again the cars will be quite far away, so 200mm minimum is required. Because of the distance, it has a nice wide angle feel, while also having a nice depth compression from being shot at 200mm.
Situated just next to Vale, the Club grandstands give a great opportunity to capture a nice wide angle view of both The Wing and the straight. It’s a beautiful view, and not one to many photograph. I love seeing the entire area of the track, there is so much more going on around the circuit. This would be a great location to see the start, no doubt there would be plenty of heat distortion. But again your quite far, so it’s really best for capturing the wide angle.
So there ya go, my 3 current favorite spots to shoot at Silverstone. As I go back more often, I’ll add some more locations to the map so we can all find the hot spot. Press pass, we don’t need no stinkin’ press pass! Have you found some hot spots around Silverstone? If so let me know down below and be sure to check out my other Silverstone content!