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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