Mark Sutton – Life Through a Lens – Canadian Grand Prix – That Winning Feeling

Mark Sutton – Life Through a Lens – Canadian Grand Prix – That Winning Feeling
F1 photographer Mark Sutton talks ESPN through his favourite shots from the Canadian Grand Prix.

Camera model : Nikon D4s | Exposure time: 1/1000s | Aperture : F5 | ISO speed: 400.

That winning feeling

This was my photo of the day. I got to the front and was actually the first photographer to get up to the area we are allowed to shoot from. Everyone went to the left and I went to the right as I knew there would be cameras obstructing the view the other way. I was able to get right to the top of our tower – if you look, I’m pretty much level with Lewis as I shoot this – and it makes a really nice shot with the spray.

Camera model: Nikon D4s | Exposure time: 1/250s | Aperture: F11 | ISO speed : 400.

Thumbs up if you’re on pole

This is a really good shot of Lewis after qualifying. He’s jumped into the safety car because they don’t park in parc ferme like usual. He was just looking out of the window as he came past a group of us and I was really lucky that he was leaning out, smiling with his thumbs up. You’re always looking for something a bit different from a race weekend as well as something that tells the story of the day – this is a good shot because it ticks off both those things.

Camera model: Nikon D4s | Exposure time: 1/250s | Aperture: F14 | ISO speed : 200

Method man

This is a good shot of actor Michael Fassbender and director Bryan Singer because as soon as they saw me shooting them on the grid, they got their iPhones out and started filming me! There was a sticker on the back of Fassbender’s phone which had his number written on it – this image is just after Singer points it out to him and they both start laughing. They are filming the new X-Men movie at the moment so it must have been given to him by the studio.

Camera model : Nikon D4s | Exposure time: 1/1000s | Aperture: F11 | ISO speed : 400.

A narrow escape

If you look really closely at the top, you can see a seagull not too far above the cars, directly above Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes. Just before the start he had been stood right in the middle of the track on the entry to Turn 1. In the photographers’ area we were having a laugh about it because we wondered whether it would get out of the way in time. When the lights went out and the cars came roaring round the corner he flapped his wings and lifted off pretty quickly. It’s always a nice start shot in Canada, by this point Lewis was pretty comfortable going into Turn 1 and Rosberg was about to fend off a move from Raikkonen.

Camera model: Nikon D4s | Exposure time: 1/250s | Aperture: F18 | ISO speed: 200.

But first, let me take a selfie

This is a good shot from Sunday’s driver parade. In Canada they usually stop some of the bigger names to do interviews at Turn 1 for the crowd there. I had been waiting by the turnstile to see if I could get Al Pacino, who I had heard would be attending, and anyone else who came through. After half an hour of waiting there I decided to risk it and just go to Turn 1 and see what sort of shot I could get there. When I got down there Lewis had finished one of his interviews and some of the marshals were asking him for a selfie – I held my camera up over my head and started shooting at an angle and managed to get this picture. It’s good to see the fans being able to get so close to the reigning world champion, especially with so much talk at the moment about improving the spectacle.

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