Mark Sutton: Story behind the shot - Belgium
27 August 2014 – Especially 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 Grand Prix weekend with a description as to how he captured it.
Belgian Grand Prix: The Eau Rouge experience
Mark Sutton: "Spa as a circuit is very special and carries a lot of Formula 1 history. Eau Rouge is one of the most amazing corners in the sport and probably the world. I decided to head out there early and be in my spot 30 minutes before qualifying got underway by crossing the track; this is allowed as I heard the day before that photographers were climbing fences and walls as there was no key for the gate, but they had found the key!
"You have to be there, but it is just an awesome corner with the cars on the limit, dropping down from La Source, bottoming out and exiting flat-out on a blind crest. Although the cars aren't as loud as they were before, they still carry speed and you actually feel the wind of the car hitting the barrier. There is so much to shoot there, slow shutter speeds and fast shutter speeds that freeze the car which is passing 2-3 feet away at 200mph. This image shows Nico Rosberg at the bottom of Eau Rouge through the layers of barrier, on a fish-eye lens and with the sun peering above the barrier. It's something different. I enjoyed shooting the whole Eau Rouge experience!"
15mm Nikkor lens
Shutter Speed: 1/4000
Exposure: F6.3 (200 ISO)