01 Sep Shooting Motor Sport at Night with the X-T4

Source: Maclean Photographic

Fujifilm X-T4 + XF200mm f2 – 1/40s @ f2 ISO250 The 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans takes place in less than three weeks (19/20 September) and one of the best parts of photographing a 24 hours race is the chance to shoot the track action in the dark.  Because the world’s great motor sport event was postponed from its usual mid June date due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the September date, with its earlier sunset and later sunrise times, will provide more opportunities to shoot in the dark  

However, shooting under the cover of darkness also presents a few challenges with regards to exposure and focusing but the results are worth the extra effort required.  Last weekend I was at the Circuit Paul Ricard with the European Le Mans Series for the Le Castellet 240, the only ELMS night event on the calendar and a good opportunity to practice my very rusty skills as the last night race I shot was the FIA World Endurance Championship 8 Hours of Bahrain last December.

Fujifilm X-T4 + XF200mm f2 – 1/125s @ f2.2 ISO1600
In Le Castellet I was using a pair of Fujifilm X-T4 bodies, one fitted with the XF200mm f2 telephoto prime and the other fitted with the XF50-140mm f2.8, with both lenses were set to their widest aperture for all of the shots.  

Forget about using a flashgun, leave it at home or in your camera

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