This weekend was the Finnish round of the World Rally Championship aka The Finnish Grand Prix. I travelled north to go and see some of the spectacular action and amazing driving of the world’s best.
On Thursday I got up early… 04:15am in Finland is 02:15 in the UK. With my host and Better Images with Canon Lenses & Flash co-author Jukka we headed to Ruuhimäki, for the rally shakedown for WRC Rally Finland 2015. Shakedown is a short special stage that each crew gets to run through up to three times as a check to make sure the cars are ready for the rally.
I used the EOS 5D Mark III fitted with an EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens. I took plenty of pictures using some different options for the AF settings – mostly switching between AF Case 3 and AF Case 6 depending on how many trees were likely to get between me and the cars.
In the land of lakes and trees there are always trees just waiting to jump in front of the camera 🙂
Now I’m back home I found a set of six pictures of current World Rally Champion Sebastien Ogier flying through the air.
I thought it might make an interesting panoramic picture if I combined all six frames; it does.
Big print time
I think that getting this printed out on a 24-inch wide Canon LFP would be a good idea. Though as the print would be 3.5 metres wide I might have to go for something smaller to fit on the wall in the office – or get a bigger office.
I’ve got a few more pictures to sort through before I post the rest of the pictures from the rally.
Speedlites – off-camera for accredited photographers
It was quite interesting to see so many of the accredited photographers using off-camera flash. Canon’s Speedlite 600EX-RT with the easily identified ST-E3-RT on the camera seemed to be the light of choice.
I spotted two photographers were using Elinchrom Ranger lights on light stands over 4-metres high.