In the fifth year of GT REPORT the Nürburgring again was my home for most of the season. In fact, the only other racing I photographed this year was Blancpain GT, for which I happily went on a road trip to Monza and Barcelona. But even as repetitive the Nürburgring can sometimes get when you’re there almost every weekend, I still found some new angles and old ones to perfect. Here are my 25 favourite photos of the year.

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BEST OF 2019: CHRISTIAN RODRIGUEZ | ERWAN SEITE | JUREK BIEGUS

Top photo:

VLN9 | GALLERY

Canon EOS 5D Mk. IV + 50mm f/1.4 | 1/400 sec. | f/1.4 | ISO 100 | 50mm


 

VLN8 | GALLERY

Canon EOS 5D Mk. IV + 50mm f/1.4 | 1/125 sec. | f/4.5 | ISO 200 | 50mm


 

Spa 24 Hours | GALLERY

Canon EOS 5D Mk. IV + 50mm f/1.4 | 1/640 sec. | f/1.8 | ISO 1000 | 50mm


 

VLN8 | GALLERY

Canon EOS 5D Mk. IV + 70-200mm f/2.8 | 1/1000 sec. | f/2.8 | ISO 800 | 200mm

This edit was born out of necessity. Having run out of SD card space and not wanting to risk missing this shot while changing cards, I decided to keep shooting on the flash card that saves the photos directly in JPEG format. And as anyone who has ever tried to edit a JPEG file knows, you’re stuck with your white balance. In this case, that white balance wasn’t great, so black and white it had to be. I think it turned out quite well as it puts the focus more on Buhk and his moment alone with his thoughts after winning the race.


 

Nürburgring 24 Hours | GALLERY

Canon EOS 5D Mk. IV + 50mm f/1.4 | 1 sec. | f/2.8 | ISO 400 | 50mm | Flash, on


 

Nürburgring 24 Hours Qualifying Race | GALLERY

Canon EOS 5D Mk. IV + 50mm f/1.4 | 1/160 sec. | f/4.5 | ISO 800 | 50mm


 

Nürburgring 24 Hours | GALLERY

Canon EOS 5D Mk. IV + 50mm f/1.4 | 1/100 sec. | f/4.5 | ISO 100 | 50mm


 

VLN8 | GALLERY

Canon EOS 5D Mk. IV + 24mm f/1.4 | 1/100 sec. | f/5 | ISO 160 | 24mm


 

Blancpain GT at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya | GALLERY

Canon EOS 5D Mk. IV + 24mm f/1.4 | 1/160 sec. | f/1.4 | ISO 1600 | 24mm

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is one of my favourite race tracks. This year was my second visit and I was happy to be back after missing the 2018 race. After arriving in my hotel on Thursday afternoon I dropped off my bags and went to the track to get a first glimpse of all the contenders. The sun had just set when I took this shot of the Lexus being pushed into the garage, with in the back a glowing sky over dark Catalan mountains. This is Catalunya at its most romantic.


 

Spa 24 Hours | GALLERY

Canon EOS 5D Mk. IV + 50mm f/1.4 | 30 sec. | f/10 | ISO 200 | 50mm


 

VLN9 | GALLERY

Canon EOS 5D Mk. IV + 70-200mm f/2.8 | 1/1250 sec. | f/2.8 | ISO 250 | 147mm


 

VLN6 | GALLERY

Canon EOS 5D Mk. IV + 70-200mm f/2.8 | 1/20 sec. | f/20 | ISO 100 | 128mm


 

Blancpain GT at the Nürburgring | GALLERY

Canon EOS 5D Mk. IV + 70-200mm f/2.8 | 1/2500 sec. | f/2.8 | ISO 160 | 200mm


 

Blancpain GT at Zandvoort | GALLERY

Canon EOS 5D Mk. IV + 70-200mm f/2.8 | 1/2500 sec. | f/2.8 | ISO 800 | 97mm


 

Spa 24 Hours | GALLERY

Canon EOS 5D Mk. IV + 50mm f/1.4 | 1/400 sec. | f/1.4 | ISO 100 | 50mm


 

VLN8 | GALLERY

Canon EOS 5D Mk. IV + 70-200mm f/2.8 | 1/25 sec. | f/14 | ISO 100 | 147mm


 

VLN6 | GALLERY

Canon EOS 5D Mk. IV + 70-200mm f/2.8 | 1/250 sec. | f/3.2 | ISO 125 | 137mm


 

Blancpain GT at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya | GALLERY

Canon EOS 5D Mk. IV + 70-200mm f/2.8 | 1/30 sec. | f/14 | ISO 100 | 104mm


 

Nürburgring 24 Hours | GALLERY

Canon EOS 5D Mk. IV + 70-200mm f/2.8 | 1/5 sec. | f/22 | ISO 50 | 168mm


 

VLN9 | GALLERY

Canon EOS 5D Mk. IV + 70-200mm f/2.8 | 1/1600 sec. | f/2.8 | ISO 400 | 200mm


 

Blancpain GT at Monza | GALLERY

Canon EOS 5D Mk. IV + 70-200mm f/2.8 | 1/30 sec. | f/8 | ISO 100 | 200mm


 

Blancpain GT at Monza | GALLERY

Canon EOS 5D Mk. IV + 50mm f/1.4 | 1/2500 sec. | f/1.4 | ISO 320 | 50mm

Getting a car sharp in Lesmo 1 at f-stop 1.4 is one hell of a challenge, especially when it’s raining and dark. I couldn’t see the cars coming and they go around that corner so fast they’re gone before you know they’re there. Even at 1/1250 the then-leading Rowe Racing Porsche isn’t precisely in focus — but in focus enough to make for a super cool photo. I’ll try again in April and get it perfect.


 

Blancpain GT at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya | GALLERY

Canon EOS 5D Mk. IV + 70-200mm f/2.8 | 1/800 sec. | f/2.8 | ISO 100 | 70mm


 

Nürburgring 24 Hours | GALLERY

Canon EOS 5D Mk. IV + 24mm f/1.4 | 1/30 sec. | f/5 | ISO 200 | 24mm


 

Blancpain GT at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya | GALLERY

Canon EOS 5D Mk. IV + 50mm f/1.4 | 1/1000 sec. | f/2.5 | ISO 1600 | 50mm

This is my absolute favourite photo of the year. The colours, the blown out background, confetti flying through the air, celebrating crew and of course the orange FFF Racing Lamborghini, it all came together to tell the story of the 2019 Blancpain GT season finale in one photo. I took this shot with my Sigma 50mm f/1.4 lens which I’ve grown to love using the full frame Canon EOS 5D  Mk. IV camera. The sharpness and depth of field is quite stunning and at 50mm it gives a natural perspective while still wide enough to capture a lot of scenery.

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