At this years NZRC Gisborne I was determined to get some shots of the rally but things were busy at home so I was only able to make it to one stage – the first stage. Up at 6:30, and into the hills. It was a stunning clear frosty morning, and I knew where i had to get to to get a shot. I was there to try and get a cracking shot of David Holder – someone I have bumped into a few times over the last 20 years and have occasionally followed his progress since stories of paddock racing back in the day. David was first on the road (after the 0 and 00 cars) so there wasn’t a lot of time to do the classic trial and error working out a better angle with each successive car. I could have gone for the classic low shot, but the corner I was at was not ideal, and with low light it was likely to be a bit blurry and unexceptional. I was planning the shot lying in bed the night before, and was trying to work out where there would be a corner where I could shoot a landscape style shot with the sun coming up in the shot, but the Parikanapa Road is oriented the wrong way. So shooting away from the sun was the only option, and there was just a flick of sunrise on the hills in the distance and the gullys filled with mist. Perfect.
I shot the panorama a few minutes before David set off (7:37 am), and took some practice bursts where I predicted the car would be. Low light so high shutter speed, high ISO, but not too high. Lets just say there was a lot of compromise going on. 3 rows of 6 shots. Then I waited for David. and click click click.