This disc contains 617 images starting at a very soggy Silverstone in 2000 when the powers that be scheduled the British Grand Prix for April and finishes at the 2010 Belgian Grand Prix.
In between there are first time visits to the new venues of Indianapolis for the US Grand Prix, Valencia and Istanbul Park as well as to the rebuilt Osterreichring – now the A1 Ring and the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos.
With the exception of a few paddock visits virtually all of these images have been taken from the spectator enclosures. However, they were still taken through the eye of a photographer rather than a spectator. You cannot do justice to either if you are trying to spectate and take photographs at the same time.
Not having a photographer’s pass does not mean you cannot take good, interesting images – you just have to adjust your approach accordingly. Ultimately it is down to the skill of the person with the camera. Good photographs come through hard work and perseverance no matter which side of the fence you are on. Many professionals will venture into the spectator areas in order to gain a different type of image such as a wider, more distant view to show the nature of the circuit or to capture the atmosphere and passion created in these areas.
Cover as much ground as you can in the time available and keep looking for that unusual vantage point. That’s why grandstand seats may give you a good view but have limitations for photographers, you are stuck in one position and a few feet to either side or change in perspective can make all the difference.
Over the years life has become more difficult for the photographer, both amateur and professional, with restricted access, greater distances from the track and heavy duty security fencing. Look at it as a challenge and be prepared to adjust your technique or approach accordingly.
The title photograph shows one of the Toyotas blasting up through Raidillon at Spa in 2009. This photograph was taken from the merchandising area beside Eau Rouge where there is almost no limit to the images obtainable of this impressive section of track.
Images are supplied on compact disc (CD) for playing on computers or compatible devices using Picasa Slideshow format (Picasa software included). All images are also supplied as individual files for downloading, saving and printing.
Note: Many of these images are taken from original prints, negatives and slides that are nearly 40 years old and are therefore not reproduced to the same standard as current day digital images. All reasonable attempts have been made to ensure these images are reproduced to the best possible standard, however, in some instances colour casts and blemishes may be present.