At the beginning of the month my brother Andrew visited to see the Festival Of Sporting Cars (FOSC) at the mount. He arranged free tickets for me and I got to photograph the event. Unlike most visits, Andrew and his family stayed at Alissa's Fathersâ house, not our parentsâ. This means we didn't get to see much of Alissa or the kids. But I'm sure Sarah and Zac had fun on the small farm.
Andrew picked me up and we drove to Subway in town. We loaded the car full of sandwiches, drove up to the mount, and unloaded them in a new large shed in the paddock behind the pits. Our part of the deal for getting free tickets satisfied, we were free to do what we wanted.
We started looking at some of the cars parked in the paddock behind the pits. I pulled out my XR-20sp and loaded it with a roll of Superia 400, but the shutter didn't want to fire. So I switched to my Electro 35 instead and finished off the roll of Acros still in it.
There were all sorts of cars from past decades. Andrew and Alex were in petrol-head heaven. I was just looking for awesome old(ish) cars to photograph, although I did surprise them by pointing out a Lotus 7. Thank you Top Gear. At one point in the pits we bumped into an older gentleman shooting with a Contaflex (and hand-held light meter). Up until that point I thought my Electro 35 was the oldest camera at the event.
We headed up to onto the roof of the pit complex. I put the roll of Superia 400 in my Electro 35 and continued to shoot.
We had lunch and then tried to get up to the top of the mount. A gate near The Cutting was locked shut and a good half-dozen cars were parked by the side of the road, their owners having continued by foot. Andrew and I walked up to the closest marshalling point and Andrew had a talk with the two marshals, one of whom talked on a radio to the organisers. It took a while to convey to the organisers which gate we were talking about and that it was in fact locked shut despite their claims that it should have been open. It was obviously a matter of an organisational mixup. The marshal on the radio did help (perhaps) by saying that all the vehicles parked by the side of the road could cause an accident. Anyway, they gave the impression that something was being done and we left. On the drive back down we passed someone driving an SUV in a reflective vest and thought they might be going to unlock the gate. We turned around and followed him back up but when he came to the locked gate and parked cars he simply turned back around. Perhaps an official photographer?
So back down we went again and ended up on the inside of The Chase, just at the start of it. We spent the rest of the afternoon there, photographing cars as they competed in various events.
I pulled out my XR-20sp and it worked this time. I think I had gotten confused about the position of the power switch... oops. So I put the 28-100 zoom on it, and after much deliberation over the film I had available, put in a roll of Provia 100F. I had difficulty getting the focus right for the passing cars. I hope they don't all come out as blurred messes.
Started at The Chase again this morning.
I wanted to finish off the roll of Superia in the Electro 35 so that I could use it at Alissa's birthday dinner with a roll of 800Z. At 12 there was a lunch break so we left to find a birthday cake in town. We dropped it off at Mum and Dad's place, picked up Benny, and headed up to the top of the mount. The gate was open this time and we could drive all the way up and around to Skyline, but not to The Esses (that gate was locked). We set up our chairs on the embankment and watched the cars.
I finished the roll of Superia there and switched back to my XR-20sp with the roll of Provia 100F in it.
We eventually walked down to The Esses and I got some shots with my fisheye lens, eventually finishing that roll. I was done for the day. The walk back up the hill nearly killed me. I need more exercise.
Dropped Benny off at his place and I got dropped off at my place. I showered and loaded my Electro 35 with a roll of 800Z, and then headed into town. Half-way there I realised I had left the camera at home and Dad was nice enough to drive home to get it.
The early 30th birthday dinner for Alissa was a surprise for her. Andrew had told her that Dad's birthday dinner had been moved up a day and to wear something nice. He sprung the surprise on her when they arrived and found her relatives at the table. I hopefully got some good photos of the dinner.
I once again rated the film at EI 400 on my Electro 35 and it still came out rather dark. And the NikonScan software's âauto exposureâ feature again had trouble. Some came out alright though, including the two outdoor shots. Is there something about the indoor shots that throws it off?
We met Benny and Josh in the paddock. I had my Pentacon Six with me instead of my Ricoh XR-20sp. I loaded it with a roll of NPS 160. We photographed two Corvettes that were parked up near where we were parked.
Alex thought he had seen a Mosler (on his way out?) and phoned Andrew. We walked over to the place he saw it and found a Porsche area. They had a Porsche 911 GT1 StraÃenfahrzeug (street version) and a 935 from the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart. More details at the FOSC site. Andrew was very interested in the two cars there. He took many photos and talked to a few of the people there.
I took some photos too but soon lost interest and wanted to sit down out of the sun. Ben and Josh had lost interest a long time before and I joined them sitting on the gutter, waiting for Andrew.
We walked down to the back of the pits at the low end and worked our way up, looking at cars. I can't remember if I took any photos then. We then walked back to the car to have lunch. We walked back to the Porsche setup because they were due out on the track soon and Andrew wanted to see/hear them start. We waited a while and they seemed to be getting ready, but still no real action. Benny and Josh got sick of waiting and walked around to The Chase to watch other cars. I eventually gave up a little while later and walked around as well. Andrew arrived shortly after me, having driven around. I don't know if he got to see anything.
I pulled out my Pentacon Six and shot some cars driving past with nothing longer than the 80 mm (ânormalâ) lens. There was a nice view out towards the apex of the left corner, but a blue porta-loo for the marshals had been placed near there. Perhaps I can clone it out or something. The Porsches eventually came around, very late, and only doing âsightingâ laps i.e no racing, just getting familiar with the circuit. We eventually packed up and headed home.
In the evening we had another birthday dinner, this time a late 60th dinner for Dad. I loaded a second roll of 800Z in my Electro 35 and made sure to take it this time. Glenn and Tania joined us for this dinner. The place was a lot quieter than dinner the previous night. Everyone came back to Mum and Dad's place after Dinner.
Drove up to the top and watched some events at Skyline. I shot two more photos on my Pentacon Six.
After lunch we went back down to the paddock and looked in some of the pit garages again. Then it was up onto the roof of the building. I used my new Arsat fisheye to get some semi-panoramic photos of the pit/paddock area.
We met Alex up there and watched some events. I took out my Electro 35, still loaded with 800Z from Dad's dinner the night before, but now fitted with an NDx8 filter. I photographed some of the pit/paddock area from up on the roof.
Eventually the Porsche 911 GT1 and 935 came out to take part in an event. I photographed them crossing the âMount Panoramaâ writing on the main straight.
But then on the second lap there was a red flag and all the cars came into pit lane. The two special Porsches pulled out then, driving back around to their team truck in the paddock.
That was the end of the day for us. We headed off, with Andrew eventually driving his family home to Sydney.
What to do at 2:30 am? Go for a walk while the temperature outside is in the low-single-digits of course! I walked down Boyd st. to the highway with my Electro 35, still loaded with the roll of 800Z from Dad's birthday dinner.
I photographed the cars in the lot at Bill Dando Finer Cars. I've photographed their cars a handful of times over the years. Perhaps I should send him/them an email to at least say thanks for providing good subject matter.
I also photographed the old Kelso shops, the highway stretching off into the foggy distance, and the BP service station.
I finished the roll so it was back off home.