Thursday, 30 March 2017

A Trip Out to Lake Maggiore

Isola dei Pescatori

With the European Le Mans Series Official Test complete and the FIA World Endurance Championship pre season test, known as The Prologue, setting up on Friday at Monza, I had one day to take the opportunity to travel the 65 miles from Milan to Lake Maggiore to relax and take a few pictures.

We have taken family holidays near Lake Garda and Lake Como and we love this region of Italy, so the opportunity to visit the second largest of the Italian lakes was too hard to resist.

I decided to head to Stresa on the western side of the lake.  I parked the car and walked down the promenade to get a good view point of the small islands of Isola Bella and Isola Pescatori (Main Picture).


A Visit to Lake Maggiore from Fuji X Adventure on Vimeo.


Lake Maggiore - courtesy of www.visitstresa.com 

After lunch I headed up the lake, following the shore road up to Ronco, which is just over the Swiss border.  I then back tracked down to Pallanza where I stopped for a walk and some ice cream while watching the boats on the water and the people enjoying the Italian spring sunshine.

I finally headed back to Baveno as the sun set behind the mountains before heading back to Monza.

All of the images were shot on the Fujifilm X-T2 with either the XF10-24mm f4, XF16-55mm f2.8 or XF50-140mm f2.8.

CLICK HERE for more information on Stresa and the surrounding area on VisitStresa.com (the map above is courtesy of this website) . 


The promenade in Stresa and Isola Bella on the left

Stresa

The Alps provide a beautiful backdrop

The water front in Pallanza

Lake ferry discharging passengers in Pallanza

Building in Pallanza
Baveno
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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

On the Banking at Monza


The old banked track at Monza is a 'must see' for anyone interested in motorsport.  The track has not been used for racing for many years and it is amazing to think that drivers would race around the steep banking at speeds of over 150mph.

Yesterday we used the banked track at Parabolica, the famous last corner at Monza, to stage a three car picture featuring the 2016 European Le Mans Series championship winning teams.  

This shot was of the Beechdean AMR Aston Martin Vantage. The British team won the LMGTE title in dramatic circumstances at Estoril last October.  

The image was shot on a Fujifilm X-T2 and a Fujinon XF50-140mm f2.8.


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Saturday, 25 March 2017

Sports Photography as a Spectator Part 2: Rally


I hear it said a lot that motor sport is difficult to shoot without a media pass.  Well that is very true for circuit racing, especially at the big venues like Silverstone or Le Mans, but there is one form of motor sport that does afford great access for spectators and that is rallying.  

To prove the point I went along to the opening round of the British Rally Championship the Border Counties Rally in Jedburgh, which was also Round 2 of the Scottish Rally Championship.  All the access during the event was on a spectator pass, I paid for the car park on the special stage and I shot from the designated areas.

The result was a great set of images that couldn't really have been bettered if I had been wearing a media vest.  Yes the media photographers could visit all of the special stages, where as spectators were limited to a few, but the pros had to submit a plan of the areas they wanted to visit for approval by the event safety manager BEFORE the event and they couldn't change their minds once they started shooting.


On the subject of safety, anyone visiting a rally must follow the safety rules and obey the marshals and officials.  CLICK HERE to visit the Motor Sport Association UK's website with full details of the dos and donts when spectating at a rally event. 

Anyway if you want to read the full story here is a link to the feature I wrote for the Fujifilm website - CLICK HERE - and here is a copy of the video I shot during the day.


Photographing the Border Counties Rally as a Spectator from Fuji X Adventure on Vimeo.

Finally here are more images from the day at the Border Counties Rally on Saturday 18 March



















































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