I was stood in Whinlatter Forest a few months ago waiting for cars to come racing around the corner. As far as I could tell, they weren’t setting off in any kind of order on the lists printed off the website and so I never knew what car or class of car was going to come power sliding around the corner towards my camera. Obviously, these cars are very loud and I could hear this one coming from quite far away. This is one of the sharpest ones in my set of photographs that were taken from this point and with the splash from a small puddle it makes the image much more powerful and dynamic in my opinion.
My dad drives a Ford Focus, but thankfully not like this! Surprisingly Hugh Hunter, the driver of this car was in the top three or four over the ten stages and completed the 45 mile rally, presumably without a bumper for the majority of the race. The water splash looks extremely dramatic here and by the looks of things scares the co-driver a lot. It almost looks more like smoke than water, but it was just a large muddy puddle. It is probably a good job there are no night stages to the Malcolm Wilson rally as with only one headlight it would be almost impossible to finish the race.
When I think of car rallies there are two cars I think of, one being the Subaru Impreza and the second being this car picture above. The Mitsubishi Evo is a fantastic rally car and this one sounded amazing. The noise from the engine really went through me as I stood under some trees in the middle of Whinlatter Forest as the car power-slid around the corner just a few feet away from me. This particular Evo IX was driven by Thomas Naughton with Horace Saville as the co-driver. After doing a little research on the British Trial Drivers Association website, the reason this photo is so sharp is probably because the car was being driven slowly around the corner. The car retired from the rally soon after this photograph was captured because of a broken differential.
Today I got the bus down to take a picture of what the building looked like from the inside, as promised nearly a year ago. Snow isn’t something we get very often here in Manchester, although last night was the first time I saw it snowing in the city centre in the 18 months I have been living here. Chill Factore is within walking distance of the Trafford Centre and opened just before Christmas. The above photograph shows the main, larger slope of the two. It is 180 metres long and although smaller than it looked on the outside I’m sure from the top it looks a long bigger and steeper. Sadly I have never been skiing or snow boarding and didn’t get a chance to today, it is quite expensive when you have to hire the kit and as much as it might be a hobby which I would probably enjoy, it isn’t a hobby that I can currently justify as a poor student.
The technical side of this photograph was quite tricky, as mentioned above I rarely see snow and this one of my first photo shoots in the snow. I found that if I over exposed the image by a stop or more it would trick the cameras built in light metering and not give the snow a gray look to it. Maybe next time I go I will take a tripod with me and experiment more with settings, apertures and long exposures. Or hire a snowboard and see if I can get a photo from the top looking down!