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Goodwood Revival - not seeing the wood from the trees

The Goodwood Revival is a three-day festival held each September at Goodwood Circuit since 1998 for the types of road racing cars and motorcycle that would have competed during the circuit's original period—1948–1966. Most people dress in period clothes. It is one of the world's most popular motor race meetings and the only UK event which recreates the golden era of motor sport from the 1950s and 1960s.

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This year I was there shooting a short film following the fortunes of one of the few female racing drivers competing over the weekend - more about this shortly.

In addition to shooting moving images I took the opportunity to shoot a few still during the event - not necessarily as many as I would have liked but shooting both stills and film at the same time is a difficult ask..  The two disciplines require different approaches and a different mindset and on this occasion the priority was filming.  Shooting stills here you might think is an easy thing - there are so many amazing sights - but for me the difficulty is focusing on a particular subject whether it be the fashions, the cars, the racing, people, activities or whatever else you might pick - the subject matter is limitless and sometimes difficult to see the wood for the trees!!

There are of course the cars..

then there's the nostalgia..

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...and the racing...

... and then there are the Ferraris...

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... and then there's the pit lane

... and then there's temptation everywhere you look ..

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.. and focused drivers...

... and not forgetting the amazing Spitfires...

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Goodwood Revival really has something for everyone.

Spitfires at Goodwood

The Goodwood estate not only hosts amazing events such as the Festival of Speed and the Goodwood Revival but also caters for corporate and VIP events at the motor circuit and race course as well as golf course and aerodrome.

A recent little job involved shooting at the aerodrome where corporate VIPs were being taken for flights in a pair of two seater Spitfires - now that's a treat anyone would love.

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Being so close to these aircraft was a great treat - the noise and smell of the engines are enough to raise the hairs on the back of your neck and get the pulse racing.

Whilst shooting these pictures I realised I recognised one of the aircraft as being a Spitfire that my Uncle (Wing Commander Tim Elkington) had flown in a couple of years previously.  As one of the remaining 'few' - the pilots who flew in the Battle of Britain - Tim was taken up for a flight by the RAF at the age of 90.  I have a suspicion the emotions he felt during the flight were very different from those of the corporate guests.

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Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Goodwood festival of speed is an amazing annual event for all lovers of motorsports and is held at nearby Goodwood house.  This year I was covering the event with Flythrough Video providing aerial drone footage of the amazing Hill climb that is the blue riband highlight of the festival.  In addition to the aerial filming I also had the opportunity to shoot a few stills of an amazing array of cars and bikes competing in the Hill climb event.

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A Moondog at the Circus

The smart guys at Moondog Labs have come up with a very clever Anamorphic lens adaptor for the Apple Iphone.  In their words "Make cinematic video with the gorgeous widescreen impact, subtle distortions and horizontal flares found in landmark films like Apocalypse Now, Alien, and Inception".  Now I'm not sure if it's really quite that simple but it certainly a useful tool if you're wanting to shoot widescreen anamorphic style footage with your Iphone or other Apple device.

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Now for those of you who don't know what "anamorphic" means I'll try to explain.  Basically it involves trying to shoot widescreen footage on a standard sensor or film - the widescreen image is compressed to fit on the frame and then is stretched back to it's widescreen format during playback or projection.  Without this adaptor in place the only way to achieve widescreen style images with an Iphone would be to mask the image in your editing software and basically force the widescreen look by cropping top and bottom.  Of course the drawback with this is you loose a lot of your image.

Using the FilmicPro app to control your filming is the best way to get the best quality video out of your phone and by applying the Moondog anamorphic setting in the app you can correctly capture and unsqueeze your video for display during capture and playback.

The circus came to town last night so with phone in pocket I shot a few clips...

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OK so the Iphone has a lot of limitations when it comes to shooting video - after all it's a phone at the end of the day and not a video camera.  But - and here's the big but -  it's not a bad video camera and it's one that you have with you practically all the time.  With the addition of this little adaptor it becomes a more interesting video camera, and that makes a difference.  The Irish News broadcaster RTE has for several years now been experimenting with reporters using the Iphone for reporting, several full length features have been made with just the Iphone and one notable film, Tangerine, was shown at the latest Sundance film festival - all shot on the Iphone with Filmic pro and the Moondog lens.

So it's not perfect but the best camera, whether still or video, is the one you have with you.