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For those not following the le Mans 24h, take a look at this clip - and have a look at the photographers enclosure......
note: no one was hurt , although one of the photographers did find their mobile phone was broken by a piece of debris
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Very fortunate escape for all concerned.
I had a very simular experiance back in 1980 at brands hatch at the truck racing, with 9 tonns finishing just 3 feet from me, and again this year on the bulldog rally although this time i was 20 feet.
However Alan Squires (epz member was just 2 feet away).
As it say's on the back of the ticket Motorsport is dangerous.
Coverage is excellent in HD on Eurosport though, if you have never been to Le Mans it is a great experiance, went in 1980 and again 2 years ago.
This still from the video shows how lucky those togs were!
Only pure luck kept the car from going completely over the barrier and killing someone.
Even the debris could have killed or seriously injured someone - or several. It was an amazing escape for the pros there.
There was a TV cameraman some years ago covering touring cars. One driver clipped another and ended up in the barriers right in front of this cameraman.
The following year the cameraman was at the same corner - the same driver clipped another (may even have been the same other driver) and ended up in the barriers, again right in front of this cameraman.
The year after, I heard that the cameraman asked if he could cover the world tiddleywinks championship instead
It was amazing to see Allan McNich walk away from this!
Very lucky for the togs, I wonder if any of them got some action shots!
Some of these cameramen do not really know what they are doing. Run the clip and pause at 2mins 26sec and you will clearly see that one photographer is using the wrong lens by having a big telephoto lens on his camera when he should be using a 10mm wide angle lens - some people do not have clue do they?
Joking aside, some very very lucky photograhers, a foot or two higher and some of them would never have taken another photograph again.
I believe these photohraphers are professionals, so I's wager that they do know what they're doing.
There are plenty of distance shots to be had from that vantage point, so I'd go with both long and wide lenses. I'd put each on a separate body to reduce lens changes.
Highly un-likely they will be all Pro's many will have a second job for sure but i would agree that they will have lots of experiance, "but not of cars coming towards you at 200 mph like this".
in my 30 years of doing this type of work and countless times behind the armco this may happen once or twice to you it will only take a tyre to hit you on the head and your gone for good, i have had lens broken several times that is the nature of the game and the risk you take behind the armco. I always tried to find the safer places to get pictures, you would not belive how many foolish young photographers there are around who regually stand in dangerous places.
Quote: you would not belive how many foolish young photographers there are around who regually stand in dangerous places.
Not just the young ones!!, I've seen just as many 'experienced' older photographers regularly putting themselves in the 'line of fire' too.
I suppose you can't teach a sense of self preservation!!
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