One corner however where you can get close to the cars is the tight entrance to Luffield. Since the cars are going slow here, the danger to the public is less and you are allowed that bit closer. The above picture was shot at Luffield.
The advantages to this corner are:
- anything over 200mm will give you decent shots here (but 400mm is better, and I was lucky to shoot mine on a 600mm which is better still)
- you are hardly at a disadvantage to the press photographers in terms of distance to the cars, for they are just feet away from you
- there's stepped banking giving a little elevation which in turn just about lifts your lens above the fence, so there is no fence to ruin your view. Yay!
- since the cars are going relatively slowly, it's easier to get good sharp pictures that you will be proud of.
The disadvantages are:
- this is a popular viewing point and each session gets progressively busier so that other people might obstruct your view. Get there for the first session on the Friday however, and you can reasonably expect clean lines of sight. It is a popular place for photographers so expect photographic company.
- since the cars are going slowly, there's limited opportunities for motion blur and panning etc.
What I also like about this corner is that you are at the same level as the cars and as they turn, you can get good head on shots, which is unusual (you normally shoot a race car from the side as it goes past). It's especially interesting in the rain if the cars kick up spray behind them, You will be cropping heavily however so only suitable for larger lenses.
On a Friday, this is a spot that's not so crowded also though again, it will be more busy as the event progresses.