Circuit of Ireland

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The Circuit of Ireland International Rally is an annual automobile rally, which was first held in 1931 making it the third oldest rally in the world. The most recent event was held in 2012 and after a years rest the 2014/15 events will rejoin the European Rally Championship for the first time since 1991. The event is also a round of the Northern Ireland Rally Championship and the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship.

Hillsborough Castle, which has just been taken over by Historical Royal Palaces is keen to open Hillsborough Castle to the general public.  This is done via a number of options, one being sports events.  Previously the castle was managed by the Northern Ireland Office.  As part of the switch over, HRP brought in brand new suppliers to encourage diversity in the sub contractors offered to those who use the venue.

I was tasked with taking photographs of the castle whilst being used by the rally drivers.  The Circuit of Ireland event has never been staged in the castle so they were keen to make sure the day was well documented.  After I arrived I was told that Idris Elba was due to be passing through the castle as he was taking part in the Circuit of Ireland.  Unfortunately he crashed his car on the stage before Hillsborough Castle and never made it as far as me.

In terms of hardware I kept it super simple.  Two cameras and two speedlights. I had a 24-70mm on one D750 body and the 70-200mm on the other.  I usually would set up speedlights on stands but for this kind of job it wasn’t needed.


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