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Shooting the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed using Sony cameras | SNAP 55 automotive lifestyle and motorsport photography sony alpha
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Sony/Zeiss 55mm 1.8 ISO100 F13 1/125

After a 1 year break it was time to head back to the Goodwood Festival of Speed. 2012 was the first year I went to the FoS and it blew my mind. Never before had I been around more vehicular energy in my life. So many cars, cars I never thought I’d see, much less get close to. Racing cars with legendary names written on the side. Cars that have set records, cars that have become legends themselves. All here for you to see, hear and touch. It was a big moment for me personally, I vowed that day to never miss one of these events. Well I did miss 2014, but that doesn’t count because it was an accident.

Sony/Zeiss 55mm 1.8 ISO100 F2.4 1/125

Sony/Zeiss 55mm 1.8 ISO100 F2.0 1/3000

Having been to this event before, I’m starting to figure out where I like to hang out to get the best pics. One thing I wasn’t expecting was just how damn crowded this event has become. Around the F1 cars, which weren’t easy to get close to anyways, it was impossible for me to get a shot. I think more than ever, it’s time to really make a point of what time cars come and go from the garages and base my locations for great photos on that. Just wandering around, was a bit harder than usual this time!

Sony/Zeiss 55mm 1.8 ISO100 F1.8 1/750

I chose to bring my standard kit with me again, which consists of the Sony A7,Sony/Zeiss 55mm 1.8 and Sony 70-200mm f/4.0 G OSS. I’m getting quite comfortable with this kit and I’m getting more keepers because of it. But on this day, I never even pulled the zoom out of the bag. I was never in the situation that required it. I’d be much better served with some 20-70 zoom if I’m honest. I find the 55 prime perfect, but I can’t always get far enough away.

Since the garage area was so packed with people I decided to try to find my way to the starting line of the famous Goodwood hill climb. The hill climb is what the Festival of Speed is all about and the people who have a chance for a top time take it quite seriously, it’s a point of pride sure! It’s a great place to watch the cars warm up their tires with a big tire shredding burnout.

Sony/Zeiss 55mm 1.8 ISO100 F2.8 1/3000

Sony/Zeiss 55mm 1.8 ISO100 F2.0 1/3000

One of my favourite things about Goodwood is just car spotting while chilling out. I find it very enjoyable to just find a spot to enjoy a drink, and watch the cars coming and going from the garages. For me this is what Goodwood is all about, people and cars intermingling with no barriers between us.

Sony/Zeiss 55mm 1.8 ISO125 F2.4 1/1500

Next year I’m going to need to have a better plan of attack in order to get the shots I want. It’s time to get serious and explore the hidden depths and less seen areas of the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The garages are far to crowded these days, it’s time to get creative! See you you there next year!