24 Mar Sports Photography as a Spectator – Rally

Source: Fujifilm X Blog

In a series of articles X-Photographer Jeff Carter will be shooting at sports events in the UK and showing how to capture great images with the Fujifilm X Series without the need for a media pass.

Read Jeff’s additional guide to Rugby photography as a spectator here.


With high speed, lots of action, colourful cars and characters, motor sport is exciting to photograph but, with safety a paramount consideration for organisers, it is always a challenge for the amateur photographer to get into a position to get a good shot.  However there is one form of motor sport that allows great access and uninterrupted views of the action. Let me introduce you to rallying.

Border Counties Rally
no36 Michael Binnie/ Claire Mole
Mitsubishi EVO 5

Rallying has a very special place in my heart as it was a trip to the RAC Rally, the UK round of the FIA World Rally Championship, that got me started on my career path in motor sport.  I covered the RAC and Network Q, as it later became, for most of the 1990s for various publications and even traveled to Africa to cover the Safari Rally in Kenya.

Rallying is the challenge between the competitor and their machinery against the environment.  It is a single car going flat out on mud, gravel, sometimes snow and ice, traveling down narrow roads with the car sliding left and right. They are literally on the ragged edge of the car’s performance. Visually rallying provides photographers of all levels with the perfect canvas to capture great action images – it is a fantastic sport to photograph!

Border Counties Rally
no5 Osian Pryce / Dale Furniss – Ford Fiesta RS 1600

The border counties rallyThe Border Counties Rally, with its HQ in the town of Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders, is the opening round of the British Rally Championship and is also round 2 of the Scottish Rally Championship.  An impressive entry list of over 100 cars of all shapes

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