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#8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid on it's way to victory at the 86th 24 hours of Le Mans - Fernando Alonso / Sébastien Buemi / Kazuki Nakajima

By johnsimmons
Just a quick reintroduction and story behind this photo

This is actually my first time back on ephotozine in 9 years. I signed up way back in 2004 as a budding 13 year old photographer hoping to show my creative "talents". I've just had a create trip down memory lane looking through the photographs taken by my younger self. Some of them are fairly poor! But It's great to see how encouraging the ephotozine community were.

My photography history is a bit stop start. I started at a young age, completely down to the fact my Dad decided he was going to give it a shot (pun intended). I remember his brand new Canon 300D, and at the age of 13 I was massively impressed with it! Eventually, after many early morning paper rounds and a bit of help from Mum and Dad, I bought my very first camera - a Canon PowerShot S1 IS from a local Jessops. It was an exciting time, and I uploaded a fair few of my shots on here. After a couple of years, I began to lose interest in photography - I think I realised that the standard of my photography wasn't really improving, and I didn't really feel that I could improve much with the camera I had.

At around the age of 18, and on the back of having a couple of part time jobs, I decided to buy myself a Nikon D40. All of a sudden I found myself getting back into photography and mucking around with more settings than I'd been able to before.

So I stuck at it for a couple of months - and I even managed to win an award on here for one of my photos! Another of my photos won a competition to appear in a local newspaper and calender. I didn't do too badly, but if I'm completely honest I was going through quite a hard time in life, as is typical when you're a teenager, and as a result photography yet again fell by the wayside.

Ever since then, I went to university, graduated, started working full time, got married - and all the while I've not really picked up photography properly since. My parents bought me a Canon 1000D for my 21st birthday, but it's mainly been used for generic holiday photographs etc.

So when I packed my camera for my first trip to the 24 hours of Le Mans, I didn't really think I'd be taking that many photographs - just a few for the occasion. But I took far more than I original anticipated, and I actually really enjoyed trying to capture the dramatic nature of the cars and the race. It was the first time in a while that I've found enjoyment from the challenge of trying to nail a photograph.

After getting back home and looking through the photos, I thought a handful were actually some of the best photos I've ever taken. Then I remembered ephotozine, and I thought "I wonder if my profile still exists/what would happen if I uploaded a photo there".

So here I am! 9 years on from my last photo, 14 years on from my first. At the age of 27 I'm still very much an amateur with limited knowledge, but I may also upload a couple more to see how things go.

Thanks for reading my brief life story! Here's a photo of the number 8 Toyota on it's way to victory at the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans - in the process earning Fernando Alonso another win towards his "triple crown" effort. Tips and comments very much welcomed!

Tags: Toyota Le mans Alonso Triple crown Lmp1 Buemi Sports and action circuit de la sarthe nakajima ts050

Voters: PhilT2, mike9005, banehawi and 4 more


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13 631 35 England
20 Jun 2018 12:31PM
Most interesting narrative and welcome back. Photography is something that you can keep going back to and this site is excellent for asking advice. Far too many distractions when you are a teenager to keep sticking to one interest (I can just about remember my teenage years Grin)
Not a bad return image. It is a very difficult subject to photograph and especially panning along a straight section of track. Corners are easier as the cars are slower. The image is dynamic although not perfectly sharp, but it does pick up good detail. As you probably realize it would be a better image if the car was more to the left and driving into the space rather than leaving it. Perhaps cropping some of the left side empty space would balance the picture better. Main thing is to get the whole car in shot which you have done. I always missed completely or chopped the back or front off !!
Hope you post more regularly now you have returned.
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johnsimmons 19 14 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2018 12:57PM
Thanks Phil - I appreciate the comment - and well done for reading the slightly long narrative! Tongue

It was actually a deliberate attempted to frame the car to the right of the photo, with the very front/nose of the car sharp in focus - my thoughts being that the car leaving the shot would help to create a sensation of speed. But you could be right about the balance of the picture being off. I did take several centralised panning pictures, so I'll have a look at getting around to uploading one of those.

Thanks very much for taking the time to post some helpful advice! Smile

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