And Now For Something Completely Different

November 14th, 2009

I finally figured out where I remember that phrase from!

It was a catchphrase used in the TV show Monty Python’s Flying Circus! It was also the title of a movie spin-off of the show. Apparently the origin of the phrase can be traced to the founding presenter of the British children’s television programme Blue Peter, who used it to introduce new segments.

Anyway, back to the point: I suppose it’s time for a break from Lebanon and Bangalore shots.

So: As you no doubt know, Abu Dhabi recently hosted the last Formula 1 Grand Prix of the 2009 season. It was an extraordinary event and I am eternally grateful to my clients and friends who invited my dad and I to attend the races and concerts with them.

I won’t go into how great the events were. There are plenty of places to read about them if you want to. :)

I was lucky enough to have had excellent seats at the main grandstand by the start and finish line, which gave me the opportunity to take some (I hope) interesting shots. So here are a few pictures from the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix:

Zoom-Zoom Under the Moon (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f4, ISO 640, 1/400sec)

Ferrari! (D700, Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70mm, f2.8, ISO 200, 1/400sec)

A Sunset Race (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f3.5, ISO 800, 1/200sec)

Buy Panasonic (D700, Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200mm, f2.8, ISO 200, 1/400sec)

Ferrari Roaring Past (D700, Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 160mm, f2.8, ISO 200, 1/400sec)

Track Against The VIP Stalls & Full Moon (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f4, ISO 640, 1/400sec)

I don’t know why I came out with so many shots of Ferrari’s…

More Ferrari! (D700, Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 130mm, f2.8, ISO 200, 1/200sec)

This is my very favourite shot from the entire event. Occasionally, a helicopter carrying camera crew or VIPs would fly over the track. I managed to time it so that a helicopter and a car were in the same frame in a composition I liked.

Helicopter & F1 At Sunset (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f3.5, ISO 800, 1/320sec)

Ze Winner (D700, Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200mm, f2.8, ISO 200, 1/320sec)

I managed to make my way to a spot just opposite the podium after the race, from which vantage point I was able to take some shots of the finale. I was just wishing I could get closer with my lens. May be time I invested in 200-400mm glass…

Red Bull's Vettel Raising His Trophy (D700, Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200mm, f2.8, ISO 640, 1/500sec)

I thought the photographers below the podium made for a rather interesting and unusual subject:

Photographers (D700, Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200mm, f2.8, ISO 640, 1/100sec)

And to close, the obligatory rose-water champagne shot:

Champagne Shower! (D700, Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200mm, f2.8, ISO 640, 1/500sec)

More pictures coming soon!




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4 Responses to “And Now For Something Completely Different”

  1. Zooey Says:

    Oh my goodness me! Am so jelous am a beat you with love. haha
    I just missed the GP and the very first night race here two months back and my not so considerate friends in DXB rubbed it in by sending their photos of Beyonce’s concert in AUH. *sigh* I’m so envious.
    But hey these are really supah ummmazing shots Z. You can be a top rank F1 photographer or the next Paul-Henri Cahier. ;)

  2. Z! Says:

    Thanks Zooey! *GRIN* All this is gonna go to my head soon you know, and then there’ll be no living with me after that. Hehe. :)

    This settles it btw, you’ll have to join us here for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix next year!

  3. Zooey Says:

    Haha. See yah n the next GP season! :D

  4. And Now For Something Completely Different. Again. | The Desert Jerboa Says:

    [...] I didn’t take many pictures of the cars as they zipped by this race. I guess I must have gotten it out of my system during the first one. [...]

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