Friday, December 21 2012
Last week we opened up our annual vote to find our photo of the year. We've been bombarded by a high quality entry, and narrowing down the selection was not the work of a moment! However a shortlist was sent over to professional motorsport photographer James Bearne who has decided on a top three, with the lucky winner receiving a trophy and accreditation to a club racing event of their choice at Brands Hatch in 2013.
The top three are listed below, with James' comments on each.
Third place: Stefan Bowen
"A classic Druids shot as the bike comes to the top of the rise. I have seen this shot executed so many times and so badly! There are two ways that this can be shot, one with the crowd and one with paddock hill gravel trap as seen here. Stefan has shot this at the correct time of day with a nice even light and has tilted the camera to great effect emphasising the lean of the rider. It is a well taken shot with a lovely crisp sharpness and a little haze on the rear wheel."
Second place: Chris Gore
"Perfect timing, Chris has chosen a wonderful spot with nothing messy in the background to take your eye away from the fantastic action. Nice and sharp on the helmet, which is exactly how it should be. The colours work really nicely with the red really standing out against the dark green background of the trees. It's been shot using a nice slowish shutter speed to give enough blur in the wheels to show the speed of the bike."
First place: Graeme Siddons
A lovely shot of the Ginetta in the rain, turning it into black and white is a great move as in this instance it creates a wonderful moody feel and darkens the background so not to distract the eye. The lights show that it is shot at night time which also gives it a high grain (due to high ISO) which gives it a very nice feel. The sharpness of the image has also impressed me, not always easy in the dark!