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FIA-WEC Austin Fuji Photo Album

SMP from above. [Jack Webster Photo]

SMP from above. [Jack Webster Photo]

By Jack Webster

Race action from the tower.  [Jack Webster Photo]

Race action from the tower. [Jack Webster Photo]

I have been shooting motorsports for quite a long time, as a matter of fact, this season marks my 45th year of racing. In that time I have visited many places, taken countless thousands of photographs, witnessed motorsports history first hand and most importantly met some very interesting people.

My photography has evolved with the technology of the sport, from the early days of shooting film with manual exposure cameras and using hand held light meters to using auto exposure, auto focus high tech digital cameras. I have always considered cameras to be tools, just like a race mechanic’s tools – you use what is best for the job at hand.

At the FIA-WEC race at the Circuit of the Americas last week I had the opportunity to try something different. Fujifilm was on hand with their all-new Fujifilm X-T2 camera and they were loaning them to photographers so we could shoot with something different. In addition to the new camera, they had a number of excellent Fuji lenses available for our use as well and I, like a number of other shooters at COTA decided to give them a try.

I am glad I did. All of the images presented here were shot with the X-T2 and the superb XF 16-55mm, 50-140mm and 100-400mm lenses. The camera was solid, dependable and easy to use and I adapted quite quickly to its controls. The exposures were dead on, the focusing was fast and accurate and the equipment was a pleasure to use.

One feature an old photographer like me really appreciated was being able to set the camera to mimic the tone and color of real film, from the likes of Fuji Velvia and Provia to beautiful monochrome black and white.

The bottom line is that Fujifilm has produced an excellent camera system that easily meets the needs of a motorsports photographer. The results presented here speak for themselves. I look forward to using Fujifilm gear again in the future.

Fujifilm has come up with a camera system that is certainly on par with the technology used in the LMP-1 Hybrids that race on the track.

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Jack Webster
Jack Webster has been shooting motorsports since the early 1970's, covering Formula One, CanAm, F5000, TransAm, GrandAm and American Le Mans races, among others. In addition to his photography, he has also worked on racing teams, both in IMSA and IndyCar, so has a complete knowledge of the inner workings of motorsport. Both his photography and writing can be seen here on racingnation.com
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