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Lewis Hamilton

Our series of photographs aimed at conveying Formula 1 in its full glory continues with an isolated shot of Lewis Hamilton at the Hungarian Grand Prix

The photographs are taken by Darren Heath, who over the last 20 years has carved a reputation as one of the best photographers working within the sport.

This is Darren's story behind his latest image:

"In the world of photographing Formula 1 the composition of a photograph is - as in all forms of the art - king.

"Whilst obvious attention is given to the big-in-the-frame action shot it's often a good idea to shoot a tad looser using the visual stimulus of the surrounding landscape to compose a picture that can have almost equal amounts of drama.

"When framing such a shot it is of paramount importance to have in mind the rule of thirds.

"As all professional lens men should know, the rule states that an image should be imagined as divided into nine equal parts by two equally-spaced horizontal lines and two equally-spaced vertical lines, and that important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or their intersections.

"By adhering to this simple yet often ignored technique, rather than simply centring the subject, one's resulting pictures will have more drama, energy and interest.

"With the rule etched in my mind from an early age, I see almost everything through an imaginary grid. This study of Lewis Hamilton perfectly illustrating the rule's fundamentals.

"Seemingly alone at the Hungaroring Hamilton is seen well on his way to McLaren's maiden victory of 2009."

Camera: Canon EOS1DS Mark 3. Lens: 600mm. Exposure: 500th second @ f11



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