I love to photograph sports, but I have way too little time the last few years to do this and the time I do have free time I love to spend with my family. So when we were invited for a VIP day at circuit “Zandvoort” with my family I did not have to think long about it…..

The day itself was awesome, we had access to the boxes were the cars were repaired and prepared for the race, there was a grid walk and a great view from a skybox. But somehow I hate to watch races from a skybox so I decided to test my luck and took position in some areas were only the “real” photographers were allowed, luckily for me I was not send away that often and got some nice shots. One race it was raining a bit and this (for me) made the images much more interesting. So without wasting too much words, here is my selection.

Experimenting with long shuttertimes (maybe a bit too long)

Feel free to comment.
Do remember I’m not a sports shooter, so tips are welcome 😀


18 replies
  1. Flyutome
    Flyutome says:

    If you were to ask me-I would say your right up there with the best of auto sports photographers. Then again what do I know , smiles? I’m just an aerial photography that uses one light source in the sky.

  2. Nik Rincon
    Nik Rincon says:

    Great Job Frank! My view on sports photography is to capture the action as it happens and up close. I love the way you captured the racer with arms raised, the pit crew checking the vehicles after the wreck and the champagne celebration. Its all about telling the story and your images do so. I like the images of crew conversations and stuff like that cause its like being backstage with them. Its more intimate.

    • Frank Doorhof
      Frank Doorhof says:

      Thanks, that are often the shots I also hold most dear, but some people will only love the action shots, for me indeed the story is maybe even more important.

  3. 1flash
    1flash says:

    Great pictures. Reminds me of the days when I went to Zandvoort to the F-1 races in the mid sixties. I used to sneak into the areas with the “real” photographers. I think my longest lens was a 135 mm. Didn’t get the best photos, but I have some of my best memories from those days. Anybody remember Dan Gurney and the American Eagle. I love your website, thanks.

    • Frank Doorhof
      Frank Doorhof says:

      Canon 5DMKII, with a MF system it can be done but not as good as with the Canon. And I don’t even think about shooting in this kind of rain with the Phase/Leaf 😀

    • Frank Doorhof
      Frank Doorhof says:

      Canon 5DMKII, with a MF system it can be done but not as good as with the Canon. And I don’t even think about shooting in this kind of rain with the Phase/Leaf 😀

  4. Roland van Haastregt
    Roland van Haastregt says:

    Mooie beelden! Sorry m’n engels is niet zo best.nMooie plek om spannende beelden te maken. Zelf kom ik er ook nog wel eens niet heel vaak vindt het geweldig om door de pits te lopen tijdens de pitstops die bedrijvigheid zorgt wel voor dat je ogen in je rug nodig hebt, maar mooi is het zeker. In de regen heb ik zelf nog niet gestaan. en hoop ik ook dit jaar ook eens te hebben. Geeft toch een mooie spannende sfeer aan het beeld.

  5. Damir Tursic
    Damir Tursic says:

    Very nice pictures Frank. I’d love to see one of the pit shots with an ‘over done’ tonal contrast filter from Nik. I’m guessing it would come out very very dramatic.nnLove the long shuttertime, but the back got out of focus, probably because of the panning position?

    • Damir Tursic
      Damir Tursic says:

      Haha, panning is pretty easy, although it requires some training (every1 can do it). Best way (for me) is to put the lens on IS/VR (active if available) and use a shutterspeed of around 1/200, slower cars need slower shutters, so it depends on the subject. nnBefore you start panning, you focus on the point where the car will be (so the AF doesn’t need to search all the way) and when the car comes you point the focus on the door and move with the subject (i like to keep my ellbow stiff to my belly for more stability), and even after the shot, keep panning. Make sure to move your whole from about the hips.nnI prefer the shutter prio, and if needed i use the compensation to brighten it up or down.nnIt’s always an exciting to do, especially the first time. I know i made about 600 shots the first time, and only 8/9 were sharp 😀

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