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Old Mar 21, 2016, 5:12 AM   #1
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Here are some shots from Saturday Practice & Qualifying at the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix at Albert Park, Melbourne.
Weather was better today a bit of everything sun, clouds & rain but that's Melbourne for you four seasons in one day.
Taken with the E-M1 75-300 & 40-150 Pro+MC-14, taken through them ugly mesh fences again. Fences were more visible today due to sunnier conditions. Would love to have the chance to shoot F1 on the other side of the fence.

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75-300 @300mm 1/320 f6.7 ISO 320


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40-150 Pro+MC-14 @210mm 1/400 f4 ISO 200


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75-300 @300mm 1/400 f8 ISO 200


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40-150 Pro+MC-14 @210mm 1/200 f4 ISO 100


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40-150 Pro+MC-14 @210mm 1/200 f4 ISO 100


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40-150 Pro+MC-14 @210mm 1/250 f6.3 ISO 100


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40-150 Pro+MC-14 @210mm 1/125 f5 ISO 100


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75-300 @300mm 1/400 f6.7 ISO 500


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75-300 @300mm 1/160 f6.7 ISO 400


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75-300 @300mm 1/60 f6.7 ISO 200


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40-150 Pro+MC-14 @210mm 1/200 f4.5 ISO 100


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75-300 @300mm 1/500 f7.1 ISO 640

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Looks good, from a quick scan I would say the images with shot with the 40-150 + MC-14 at f4.0 show the least impact of the fence. I can understand why you would want to shoot on the other side of the fence but I think in case of a crash you'll be glad you're behind it when car pieces start flying.
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I can understand why you would want to shoot on the other side of the fence but I think in case of a crash you'll be glad you're behind it when car pieces start flying.
There's actually two fences at the F1 GP the large main fence and a second smaller fence which keeps the spectators away from the main fence. the area in between is for track marshals, security & official photographers. the photographers shoot through a cutout in the fence big enough for a lens and this area is surrounded by a cage & mesh which they stay in and prevents anything coming through this cutout and hitting spectators. So there is a minor risk but there is protection for the photographer. Not being able to get right up close to the fence does make it show up more (would also by nice if the mesh was painted black like in the photographers area)


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Cutout in fence painted black can be seen in this photo

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Awesome location to be shooting from.

Just curious, do you wear hearing protection when you are down there shooting for extended periods of time? It comes to mine after not too long ago hearing lead singer Brian Johnson of AC/DC had to stop touring with the band because doctors were afraid of him going 100% deaf, and he said it was not the music, but his love of racing that's hurt his hearing more than anything.
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Awesome location to be shooting from.

Just curious, do you wear hearing protection when you are down there shooting for extended periods of time? It comes to mine after not too long ago hearing lead singer Brian Johnson of AC/DC had to stop touring with the band because doctors were afraid of him going 100% deaf, and he said it was not the music, but his love of racing that's hurt his hearing more than anything.
I did when the Formula 1 cars were V8's and most definitely when they were V10's (that was the most amazing high pitched sound)
The current 4 cylinder turbos are so quiet there is no need. Our V8 Supercars (touring cars) are louder.
My kids do wear hearing protection all the time at motorsport events when they come along and I do when it's too loud, always have ear plugs in my camera bag.
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Fantastic Shots
the 75-300 has amazing results

Its been a long time since I have been to a Car Race
Calgary a city with 1.2m population does not have a Car race track

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More excellent shots, TG.

(I don't have to use earplugs for the Formula cars, but I definitely use them for the big NASCAR stock car races at the superspeedways, as they are many times louder.)
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Fabulous set Tom.
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Hey Tom, looking good, really nice series for sure!

What did you think of the new qualifying, getting to experience it up close and personal?
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Thanks ramcewan, Greg, FredS, Steven R & John
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