24 Sep Rigging the Shot

As well as shooting high resolution trackside and pitlane action, European Le Mans Series official photo agency Adrenal Media are always looking to provide the series with some very special images from each of the events.  Creative Director John Rourke invited Proton Competition to bring both of the Porsche 911 RSR 991 race cars to La Source at Spa-Francorchamps to photograph them using a rig.
The rig is a 6 metre carbon fibre four section boom made by UK firm Car Camera Rig that is fixed to the car using high powered suction clamps.  The camera, which is a Fujifilm X-T2 fitted with a 10-24mm ultra wide angle zoom lens, is then fixed in position to the end of the boom.  This allows Adrenal Media to take images from a position that would not be possible to take when the cars are on track.
Using a long shutter speed of between 8 to 10 seconds the movement in the shot is achieved at walking pace by pushing the cars and the result is an image that makes it look like both Porsches are moving at racing speed.
The image is then edited by John Rourke in Photoshop to remove the boom and other elements that shouldn’t be in the final shot.  The result is a dramatic image that highlights the excitement of racing in the European Le Mans Series.

Here are some pictures from behind the scenes of this photoshoot at La Source in the evening of Thursday 22 September that I shot