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Sony 70-200mm f/4.0 G OSS ISO100 F8 1/320 147mm

This was my first ever trip to Brands Hatch, which is located in the foothills just a couple hours outside of London. Because its close to where I live, I decided to ride my motorcycle to the track. I thought I’d just throw my gear in my backpack and enjoy a nice ride down! Afterall it’s an ultralight mirrorless setup right? Well let me just say this straight up, riding to and from the track and carrying all this crap around for hours in the heat kicked my ass. By the time I got to the track, and started walking around I was already ass whipped. But what can you do, just get over it and start shooting the best you can.

Sony 70-200mm f/4.0 G OSS ISO100 F20 1/60 200mm

Sony 70-200mm f/4.0 G OSS ISO100 F22 1/40 200mm

Again I took my standard setup with the Gen 1 Sony RX100 to my A7, Sony 70-200mm f/4.0 and Sony/Zeiss 55mm 1.8.  This kit was heavy after riding in on the motorcycle. Yes mirrorless cameras are smaller than DSLRs. But it’s still a significant weight to haul on your back to and from the track. The Sony 70-200mm f/4.0 isn’t a light weight lens by any means and it makes up the bulk of the weight in the bag.

Sony 70-200mm f/4.0 G OSS ISO100 F4.5 1/2000 133mm

The track sits down in a tiny valley in the foothills, making a kind of natural amphitheater. Because of that you can get above the fencing quite easily for really interesting shots, almost looking straight down on the cars at speed. Unlike my previous trip to the WEC at Silverstone, today was quite bright. I hadn’t anticipated this so I didn’t have any neutral density filters with me, since I don’t own any. I couldn’t get my F Stop down to 4 very often. Using Aperture Priority, the shutter speeds were VERY high.  Using Shutter Speed Priority, I had to clamp down the F Stop heavily. All in all, it was a huge pain in the ass for me to get the shots I wanted for some reason. I never thought about having too much light, but I will from now on!

Sony 70-200mm f/4.0 G OSS ISO100 F18 1/60 200mm

Sony 70-200mm f/4.0 G OSS ISO100 F22 1/60 200mm

My biggest challenge on this day, was just doing it. I was hot, super tired and exhausted. I tried to walk as much of the track as I could, and I did find some really great angles, but it was tough! I was so tired I didn’t put a memory card in the RX100 and I was actually too tired to swap on the 55mm so I don’t have any “wide angle” shots.  Yeah I know, 55mm isn’t exactly wide angle but it’s the widest I got without the RX100 recording anything.

Sony 70-200mm f/4.0 G OSS ISO100 F22 1/125 70mm

Sony 70-200mm f/4.0 G OSS ISO100 F14 1/200 162mm

Brands Hatch is a beautiful track to shoot motorsports, but don’t ride a vintage motorcycle down there. I can’t wait to come back for a motorcycle race, I think this track will produce some great 2 wheel photos. Oh yeah, and I REALLY gotta’ get a ND filter.

Sony 70-200mm f/4.0 G OSS ISO100 F5.6 1/1000 111mm

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