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Motorsport – The Snowman Rally 2018

Andrew

Below is a gallery of my favourite shots from Stage 5 of this year’s Snowman Rally in and around Inverness. These shots are from the stage that takes place on Forestry Commission land in Contin, which is a Ross-shire village and civil parish between Strathpeffer and Garve in the Highlands.

Like many photographic opportunities, it is best to plan and scope out the best locations in advance, if you can.Alas, I did not, at least not as much as I could. i dis arrive early and walked up and down a few hundreds yards that was marked out for spectating. Due to safety concerns, the areas from which you can spectate and photography are limited. There are six rally stages to choose from. In 2015, I went and photographed from stage one, so this year I wanted to try a different stage.

I’m not a big petrol-head. I went for the photography. To be honest, I’m one of those armchair sports fans who’d generally prefer to watch my sport (unless photographing it) from the comfort of my home, with the benefit of the multiple vantage points that TV channels typically have with their cranes, multiple cameras, helicopters and drones etc. I know tat several of my photography friends and acquaintances really enjoyed watching and experiencing the motorsport action first hand.

The challenge is that from one limited viewing perspective, your photos can all end up looking quite similar. So it pays to think out different kinds of shots and perspectives. One classic type of view, that can be very effective is to take a panned shot from a side perspective; with the right shutterspeed and with a little practise, you can get a nice sharp image of your sports subject against a blurred background. Here’s an¬†example from the Snowman Rally Stage One in 2015:

The Snowman Rally

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