Goodwood Revival video shoot 2016

The Goodwood Revival is an amazing annual 3 day celebration of the romance and glamour of motor racing as it used to be.  The Revival is the only historic race meeting to be staged entirely in period dress and is a return to the halcyon days of Goodwood as the spiritual home of British motor racing.  In 2016 I was commissioned by Goodwood to shoot a couple of short videos at the Revival, the first of which was looking specifically at the incredible style and fashion of the visitors at the event.  The Revival is not meant as an opportunity for fancy dress but more a chance to seek out and wear true vintage clothing in whatever form you choose.  Furs, frocks, stockings or spats - it's all there - along with uniforms, period policemen and all manner of other characters all dressed to compliment the amazing range of cars and bikes that are being raced around the track by both legends of the sport as well as all manner of motor racing enthusiasts .

The brief was to capture a taste of the event from the perspective of style and fashion, focusing more on those wearing true vintage attire.  I chose to shoot on the Canon C100 mkll with the 24-105mm F4 IS lens.  This is a great combo for this sort of run and gun work - it was mostly shot handheld or on a monopod since neither time nor space really allowed for use of a tripod.

Edited and graded in Final Cut Pro X.

Recent work - Lennon Racewear

Lennon Racewear recently required images for their latest line of wetsuits targeted specifically at performance dinghy sailors.   To this end we headed down to Hayling Island Sailing club and roped in the modelling services of James Peters - one of the brand's sponsored sailors.  With a little Sony A6000 firmly clamped in a water housing the first series of shots were from the water with James repeatedly sailing past as close as possible whilst treading water in the main channel off the club.  The Sony's blisteringly fast AF and motor drive resulted in some really nice images although the AF system failed to lock onto the subject at times particularly when part submerged - this did however lead to some different and arguably more interesting images.

Back ashore the client wanted lifestyle images in a contemporary style for ad and promotional use - these were shot in natural light using a Canon 5d mk3.

Faces of India. One light portraits.

Photography is a fantastic reason to meet and interact with people wherever you are and whether you are shooting professionally or just for fun.  This set of portraits were a series shot in North Eastern India a couple of years ago.  The setup could not have been simpler but the results are clean and simple and uncluttered by distractions that feature in so many images.

Lighting is via a single Canon Speedlight held with a Westcott double fold white umbrella in my left hand.  Flash synch is either via a coiled ETTL cable or via an STE-2 IR flash transmitter - these have both since been replaced by a wireless transmitter that seems to work seemlessly and without issue.  The key here for me is speed, simplicity and size - the ability to be ready to shoot in a matter of seconds with small effective lighting in whatever setting I might find myself in - not the most complex lighting by any means but well suited to lightweight travel situations.

What goes up, must come down. Timelapse.

Every year at the Goodwood Festival of Speed an enormous sculpture is erected just in front of Goodwood house itself.  Since 1997 the sculpture has been designed by renowned installation artist Gerry Judah and over the years it has developed into one of the most eye-catching and iconic aspects of the event.

In 2015 the sculpture was a celebration of Mazda cars and was topped by two of their most impressive cars - the rotary engine 787B Le Mans racer (the only Japanese car to take outright victory at Le Mans) and the LM55 Vision Gran Turismo concept car.

The sculpture was made up of 720 individual spiraling beams that form a tower, topped with the two cars.

Last year I was commissioned to document the removal of the sculpture after the event.  The task took place over the space of several days and resulted in about 15,000 images being shot in order to produce the following time lapse.  Editing the images into a record of the event was not part of the brief so whilst the client may have done this themselves I never saw the end result.  Coming across the images last week whilst archiving I decided to do a quick edit and this is the result.

Music from www.Art-list.io

Marshalling at the Goodwood Motor Circuit

According to the Goodwood website -

"The Goodwood Members’ Meeting is a new style of motor racing event, conceived by Lord March to recreate the atmosphere and camaraderie of the original BARC Members’ Meetings held ‘in period’ at Goodwood through the 1950s and 1960s.

Uniquely, as well as a full programme of racing, the Members’ Meeting offers visitors the chance to see demonstrations of racing cars never seen here in period. "

I took the opportunity at this years MM74 to take a look at the work of the volunteer marshals who work at all BARC run events looking after many aspects of the racing such as fire safety, pit lane safety, radio operation etc.

The Members Meeting is a great place to see historic period cars racing - but without the crowds of the big events such as the Revival.

If you feel inspired to become a marshal get in contact with the BARC here:

  British Automobile Racing Club (BARC)

 

Festival of Speed x Timelapse

The annual Goodwood Festival of Speed is a petrol head's wet dream - a place where old meets new, two wheels meet four and all manner of weird and wonderful sit side by side with legends of the motor world.  The central attraction of the event is the legendary hill climb where vehicles of all sorts hare up the legendary course - whether you're there to see F1 race cars, rally cars or something that looks as if it was built by for the Wacky Races there will be something there for everyone.

Luckily I'm based very close to Goodwood and if I'm around at the time of the event I get media accreditation for look for ideas of something to shoot.

This year the weather was not as good as it could have been for some of the event - 4WD cars (no manufacturers mentioned) could not get around their 'off road' courses due to having the wrong tyres - beautifully dressed women in high heels could be seen tottering through the ankle deep mud while men in sharp suits and city shoes skittered through the muddy paddocks... But then there were the cars...  Regardless of the weather the cars are a feast for the eyes - and for that matter the ears..

My idea this year was to shoot timelapse of the event so that's what I did - though having started I soon realised my error in as much as the fact that fast moving cars do not make for great timelapse subjects - now you see it, now you don't..  Even when shooting at 1 second intervals as I was doing you are luck if you get a car staying in frame for much more than one frame unless you shoot straight up or down the track and get the cars coming towards or away - and this is not easy.

Shot on Canon 5D mklll using Radian 2 motion timelapse controller from Alpine Labs

Latest Work - Wimbledon Corporate shoot

I got a a call recently to shoot a corporate event at the Gatsby Club - a stunning pop up venue that appears every year opposite the Centre Court during the Wimbledon tennis fortnight and that caters for corporate clients and their guests.

It was a day of gorgeous weather with the Men's Quarter finals being watched in the afternoon. Fabulous food and drink was thanks to Michel and Albert Roux and a very special guest visit was made by the 2001 Wimbledon Champion Goran Ivanisevic who arrived hot and sweaty from the warm up courts where he was preparing Marin Cilic for his game with Roger Federer.

As corporate events go - this was right up there with the best of them!

Postcard from MM74

I've been very fortunate recently to have had media access at a number of events at the historic Goodwood Motor Circuit down in West Sussex.  At the recent Members Meeting - MM74 - back in March, I was there to shoot a short film focusing on the work of the volunteer race marshals but ended up with a lot of footage that didn't make the final edit but I felt should nevertheless be used somewhere.

This is some of that footage and shows a taste of the excitement of the event where so many iconic and historic race cars are given the chance to race once more.

Shot on Canon C100 mk2