Last day of an amazing weekend in Germany. I learned so much and met so many new people once again. I'm so thankful I get to do all these things and for all the equipment that's provided.
Right now I have two weeks "off", which I'll use to work on this website a bit more. I will most likely move over to Wordpress by november so :D I have lots of work to do.
This blog post is a bit different than usual. Saal Digital is a photo printing company, and I received an offer from them to give my honest opinion on one of their products : a photo book!
I will review their software, communication, book quality and shipping methods.
SOFTWARE - 8/10
Their software is pretty straightforward. It's not very advanced, but I didn't feel like I was missing a particular feature either. You can select a source folder for your images, which allows you to easily drag and drop them into your book. They will then automatically snap to the lay-out that was chosen previously. You can create your own lay-outs or choose from a default list.
COMMUNICATION - 10/10 ♥
They answered ALL of my questions, every single time, within a day. Their replies were generally very detailed and they made absolutely sure that things were clear. I was able to talk to them in both Dutch and English, and since they are located in Germany, I'm sure they speak German too!
Still 36 degrees outside! This is the day I practiced shooting motorbikes from behind as you can see. It's all about speed and looking ahead. I also shot some pictures in the pit lane and even a special way of starting a race. Everyone ran towards their bike and left as quickly as possible. I was sitting very close to the track, along with at least 15 other photographers.
Overall another awesome day with beautiful bikes and nice people :)
Never experienced such high temperatures in my life, but this weekend came with a scorching 36 DEGREES CELSIUS! At first I found it quite difficult to concentrate in the heat. After a while you just kind of accept it and move on though :D
My pictures are still getting a bit better every time. This is the first time I practiced taking pictures from behind, which is much much harder because of their speed. It also didn't help that all motorbikes looked identical! Still. I'm very happy with the results once again and will keep working and improving :)
Not the best day for me :/ I visited this event as a regular visitor and not as a press photographer. I also didn't have access to the good equipment my internship provides, and that kinda stings :D I'm just sick of my own camera now! It's not really built for this type of photography..
So anyway. That explains the lack of photos this time. I left a bit earlier and went shopping instead :) Next up is .... ..... another trip to GERMANY! Oschersleben this time.
A different type of slideshow this time :D I photographed literally EVERYTHING this day so there's a lot to show you guys. This was the last day of IDM (German Championship) and so people did wheelies at the end ♥ Had a great time and learned a lot once again. I even shot the start of the second Superbike race on my own! I'm glad there was a warm-up lap for me to practice on because I may have screwed that one up..!
There were several different motorbike races, a sidecar race and ELECTRIC BIKES! The electric ones were part of a project of the University of Nottingham in the UK. They are working on a more environmentally friendly replacement for motorbikes I suppose? You'll find a couple of their pictures at the very end of the slideshow. They look quite similar to regular bikes, except for the "engine" of course. And I'm sure my ears appreciated the lack of noise :D
IDM! The Germany championship! We were there during the last two days and it was just amazing :) Lots of skilled bikers and teams with giant trucks. I had fun just exploring the paddock and seeing what everyone brought with them.
Anyway, I was able to shoot from a couple new angles / locations and also shot my very first motorbike accident. Not necessarily something to be excited about, but a first time nonetheless. It was also my first time seeing motorbikes completely running on electricity! They were almost completely silent, and I had to actually sit and watch the track to make sure I wouldn't miss them. (Pictures in next blog post)
I would like to congratulate the Dutch guys who won! I've seen them a couple times now and it's pretty cool to actually recognize them when they receive their prize :) Great job!
Bit of a rainy day sadly. These are not the most experienced riders, so I guess it was good practice for them :) CRT stands for "Circuit RijvaardigheidsTrainingen" which is basically like a school for inexperienced people to learn how to ride on a race track safely. This also meant that some of them didn't go as fast as others, making it quite a challenge to photograph them all. Weird enough it's actually more difficult to shoot "slow" bikes!
This started out as a very rainy day, but ended up being very sunny! An astonishing 220 people signed up for this day, and I believe by far most of them showed up - regardless of the weather. This also meant that there wasn't much room for trying new stuff photography-wise.
The organizer of the event promised everyone riding on the track that day, a couple of pictures of themselves. We had a lot of work to do :) I'm pretty sure we pulled it off just fine. It was good practice for me because I usually have a hard time distinguishing motorbikes. They still kinda look the same to me.. :D
I think this was also my first time as a "real" photographer at the TT Circuit. I only visited twice before when SuperCarSunday was hosted. It's a great place (but so far away!). On top of that : I now have my very own press card! ♥
This was a great day! The weather was amazing, people were in a great mood and I don't think there were a lot of accidents either. Very well organized event with great food ;)
It was also the first time I went into the paddock and pit lane to shoot some casual photos of people inbetween races. This is where I'm thankful for my first internship, which taught me a ton about "waiting for the right moment" and observing situations carefully. It really pays off!