my experience to the media in the starting area.
The close picture I make normally 6-7 cars behind the starting line, where the
teams and drive start to prepare the car/bike for the run and they are not
disturb in there concentration for the run. I only make close up picture with a
short lense, when I see that the rider/driver is smiling and relax under his
helmet on the starting line and shows that he has no problem with the
photographer. Otherwise I use my long lense and shoot the cars/bikes from the
long distance when they are ready to go on the starting line.
Also it's better to stay away from the place during the last moment before the
start, due to this that the crew member needs every place to get every thing
right, to get the car in gear and so on. I know this very well from our own
starts - get the driver in the seatbelt, start the engine, last check if the
parachute is clear and the fire extinguisher is active, get the pushing car in
In this moment you can't need other people around.
You can shoot good picture with a 70-200 mm lense from a save position, which
helps everybody, the driver, the starter, the spectator.
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