Mark Sutton: Story behind the shot - Bahrain (2)
4 March 2014 – Epecially for lovers of motorsport photography, GPUpdate.net is this season running a feature series entitled Story behind the shot. Mark Sutton of Sutton Images, who provides our website with pictures, will choose his favourite photo from each test session and race with a description as to how he captured it.
Bahrain pre-season test (2): Sebastian Vettel pushes his RB10 down the pit lane...
Mark Sutton: "I had just taken a full sequence of the car exiting the pit lane, then the red flags came out and I saw Seb at the first corner. I ran as fast as I could with my two Nikon D4 cameras and long 500mm lens; it was heavy, but I thought he might walk back and that it would lead to a great photograph. When I saw him pushing the car back I thought, 'Yes, yes, keep coming to me!' I was shooting a long distance away on my 500mm lens and then, when he was a little closer, I switched to my wide-angle 24-70mm and got really close to the car with a little fill flash. I think he saw me doing this, but he was so focused on getting his car back to the garage."
24-70mm Nikkor Lens
Shutter speed: 1/320
"Later on, his mechanics came to help him bring the car back. I followed him down the pit-lane after this. He shook hands with Williams driver Valtteri Bottas and then he looked back at his car with his hand on his head. I thought this was also one of the images of the day, and perhaps pre-season testing as a whole!"
70-200mm Nikkor Lens
Shutter speed: 1/500