It was 5am on the second day of an awesome advertising campaign and PR shoot for the McLaren MP2 12C when the pieces finally started to fit together. It was damn early, still pitch black and shiveringly cold as we pitched up at the Bahrain Grand Prix Circuit. A shooting sequence was planned the night before and the car now awaited its return to the track, polished and gleaming to perfection.
Looking back at Adobe Lightroom (my photo editing software), I took the first picture at 6.10am. The sky was still a little too dark so I brought in some flash making the car pop out nicely. Sixteen minutes later and the magic really happened thanks to a pre-dawn sky that failed to disappoint.
The next ten to fifteen minutes involved a hectic series of compositions adjusting the exposure as the sky got brighter. By 6.44am the warm, rich colours of the morning sky were pretty much over but replacing my wide lens for a tighter one, I still managed to come in closer and capture some sweet shadows.
Next up was a driving sequence. We had the track all to ourselves, which I love as it gives me the freedom to move. Lot’s of handheld, slow-shutter panning magic mean the car looks like it’s reaching a top speed of 300km/hour even when doing 30km/hour tops. Most fail but the ones that worked, work wonders! By 7.30am we returned to the pit lane, done and dusted. Getting up at 4am can be a beast but with shoots like this, it’s worth it.