Luke
Luke SuperDork
12/13/09 4:51 a.m.

...or just batE36 M3 insane .

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1234929/Cheating-death-The-moment-British-photographer-narrowly-escapes-crushed-runaway-drag-race-car.html

Great shots, but that situation so could've gone horribly wrong.

4cylndrfury
4cylndrfury Dork
12/13/09 6:49 a.m.

I was waiting for the laser beams to start shooting out of his eyes.

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
12/13/09 8:24 a.m.

He had a good spot though. When you're shooting a race, and manage to find a good spot, the last thing you do is move. If he'd have run there would have been six guys trying to take his spot as the fireball consumed them.

jg

FindlaySpeedMan
FindlaySpeedMan Reader
12/13/09 8:30 a.m.

I wonder if he's got wifenkids, or if he's got the luxury of being all ,"Forkit, If I die, I die smiling, so hey God let me know when I'm done down here. Because I'm not running from E36 M3."

mel_horn
mel_horn Dork
12/13/09 8:40 a.m.

I salute you, sir...

Look at some of the old ('50s-'60s) Formula One pictures and you'll see photogs on the inside and outside of corners mostly without benefit of barriers!

aussiesmg
aussiesmg SuperDork
12/13/09 8:41 a.m.

He couldn't run, his brass ones were too large and heavy to move quickly.

TJ
TJ Dork
12/13/09 9:52 a.m.

That car wasn't going 200 mph that soon after it's failed launch was it? Didn't look like it was going all that fast when it hit the wall.

I wonder if he was just wrapped up in getting the shots and didn't really have time to think about the danger he was in. Some cool shots he took though.

Strike_Zero
Strike_Zero Reader
12/13/09 10:02 a.m.

Commented from the site:

" . . . His photography work is second to none and his ability to be "in the right place, at the right time" is almost uncanny."

WTF?? I don't consider that the right place

mad_machine
mad_machine SuperDork
12/13/09 10:05 a.m.

It was the right place.. the wrong place was 5 feet closer to the starting like where the car threw some parts when it impacted the retaining wall

RedS13Coupe
RedS13Coupe Reader
12/13/09 8:07 p.m.
TJ wrote: That car wasn't going 200 mph that soon after it's failed launch was it? Didn't look like it was going all that fast when it hit the wall. I wonder if he was just wrapped up in getting the shots and didn't really have time to think about the danger he was in. Some cool shots he took though.

Naw, thats just news reporters looking up how fast the car goes and writing things that are exciting.

I'm sure it would still leave one hell of a bruise if it hit the photographer though

rob_lewis
rob_lewis Dork
12/13/09 9:15 p.m.

Sitting in Photojournalism 201 in college, my professor told of a photographer shooting pictures of a gas station on fire. He was trying to explain how, if you're not careful, you can become part of the story or get seriously hurt.

The story goes, the photographer kept getting closer and closer to the fire to get better and better shots. Eventually, the fire traveled down to the tanks and BOOM, the whole station disappeared, along with the photographer. He was killed instantly....

The class sat there in stunned silence and I raised my hand and asked, "Were they able to develop the photos?"

The professor pointed at me and said, "Ladies and gentlemen, THAT'S a photojournalist right there!!"

Just like real estate, professional photography is Location, Location, Location....

-Rob

gamby
gamby SuperDork
12/13/09 10:53 p.m.

In all seriousness--those uber closeups should get an award. I mean really--how often is something like that caught on film THAT close up.

Just awesome. Dude has large ones and they are made of brass.

Hocrest
Hocrest Reader
12/13/09 11:15 p.m.
TJ wrote: I wonder if he was just wrapped up in getting the shots and didn't really have time to think about the danger he was in.

That happens, I've had close calls and been hit with the action when shooting sports in the past. Nothing to that extent, but a few balls (basket, volley...) and a blocker throwing a tackle out of bounds a few yards ahead of the ball carrier that was running up the sideline. You get tunnel vision on that narrow slice of life that's happening through the lens. Plus if you're using a zoom, the action may be closer than you think.

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