17 Sep Under the Floodlights with the Fujifilm X-T2
Source: Maclean Photographic
Fujifilm X-T2 + XF50-140mm f2.8 (140mm) – 1/60 @ f2.8 ISO1600Racing after sunset is part of the DNA of endurance racing and presents the photographer with some fantastic photo opportunities but also with some unique challenges. I went trackside during the night practice session for the FIA World Endurance Championship event at the Circuit of The Americas in Texas with the Fujifilm X-T2 and the XF50-140mm f2.8.
With floodlighting and car headlights getting the right exposure is going to tax any automatic exposure system so I set the shutter speed, aperture and ISO manually to ensure that the variation in light doesn’t affect the end image.
Fujifilm X-T2 + XF50-140mm f2.8 (50mm) – 1/30 @ f2.8 ISO400The image above of the no42 Strakka Racing Gibson is a good example where I exposed for the pool of light and waited for the car to cross into the correct place. The autofocus system on the X-T2 was able to track the car perfectly, in fact I used the AF-C setting for all of the pictures on this page.
Fujifilm X-T2 + XF50-140mm f2.8 (50mm) – 1/60 @ f2.8 ISO1600One of the major issues with night photography during a racing event is flare from the headlights, which are VERY bright. The trick is to expose for the ambient light, not the lights themselves, and then shoot just before or just after the lights are head on into the camera. The shot above of the no8 Audi R18 is a good example of this.
The beauty of the Fujifilm X-T2 is the Electronic View