Author Topic: Macau Grand Prix 2012 澳門格蘭披治大賽車  (Read 70575 times)

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Macau Grand Prix 2012 澳門格蘭披治大賽車
« on: 09 November 2012, 01:21:45 »
I have been trying to go to see the car racing and take photos for a few years. But I was always late then too lazy to arrange.

But this year, one of my tea friends is involved in one of racing team, and I was promised the chance to go into the pit lanes to see how it works.

This is the thread for the photos, preparation trips, and hopefully some nice photos of the real racing.
« Last Edit: 18 November 2012, 03:46:04 by chin »

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I have never been to car racing before, and never took racing pictures. So I had no idea how to photograph car racing, where could be the best spot, etc... So today I went to Macau for a few hours trying to figure out where is where, and where is the best place to take pictures.

The first thing to be noticed is that the main roads are being barricaded. (In fact they were somewhat barricaded 2 weeks ago when we visited Macau.)

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More pictures of barricaded roads.

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First to check out the Grand Stand.

It's right outside the ferry terminal, and all entrance were guarded. However after walking toward 海立方 casino, I found an entrance to the reservoir, which is at the back of the Grand Stand. The entrance to the reservoir park was freely open. From there I went into the Grand Stand.

Once inside, no one, including many security guards, bothered me. Perhaps they thought I am a quality check person taking photos of the preparation. And I acted as I really belong there.

The following is the circuit diagram from the official web site.
http://www.macau.grandprix.gov.mo/app/home/gp59/en

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The first dog leg after the start.

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One of the purposes of this trip is to find out what lenses I should have for various shots.

All pictures taken on the top row of the Grand Stand. The first 2 pictures at 100mm equivalent, the last one at 70mm.

The last pic was taken at 1/250 shutter and still too slow for even city traffic!

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From the Grand Stand, I was able to walk across a foot bridge into the pit or garage area.

More views of the Grand Stand from both sides of the track.

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The imposing Grand Prix Building.

Where I took this picture is where the Formula 3 pit shops would be.

See the red roof of the building? I went up there to take some pictures later...
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I actually went into the building, and took some pictures.

The 1st pic is one of the VIP lounges over looking the track.

The 2nd pic over looking a bunch of lights for the purpose of ???

The 3rd pic is signs inside the Grand Prix Building, show the access pass required to different floors and rooms. Apparently only committee members and special access (whatever it means) can go there. But today, it's free to all.  ;D

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The roof of the Grand Prix Building.

It's right on top of the track, as you can see the effect from the 2 subsequent pictures.