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So by now you might have guessed that I had a blast with the Mercedes-Benz Classic team at the Mille Miglia. So lets talk about a few things from a production standpoint. As so often I had planned to shoot photos and video together. I had my gear packed accordingly and also brought my brand new Manfrotto FigRig which I fell in love with! My Monopod plus most of my Nikon gear plus an external 7″ HDMI Monitor for shooting Video.

Of course time was a big issue, in a rally like this no one will wait for you, no shot can, normally, be taken twice and you need plan ahead. Planning ahead wasn’t really an option as I have never been to the Mille before. So I planned as broad as I could and hoped for the best. From this side I was actually covered pretty well. Even shooting photo and video simultaneously worked like a charm as I only used my DSLRs and did not bring a dedicated machine for the video. So the biggest “problems” really were access and timing. The cars drive on open roads, mixed in traffic and you need to drive as they do to get the footage you need. For that you need to have a driver you trust and who trusts you also. Unfortunately we were not allowed to hang out of the cars windows etc. from MB side. As our driver was form MB it was quite problematic to get him convinced otherwise and we didn’t know each other beforehand. If I ever cover the Mille or any similar Event like this again I would prefer to bring my own team, our dedicated production vehicle and so on. And to be honest it wouldn’t be that much more hassle or so to organize and just sooo much easier to shoot.

One interesting bit I noticed with a lot of photographers around the Mille from all different media and so on, no one did trust the weather sealing of their cameras. They had the everything from professional Kata rain covers to the strangest DIY solutions and umbrellas… didn’t really understand that. My D4 and D800 never had a problem in even heavy rain. Just swipe it dry with a towel before you change lenses or cards and you’re golden. And make sure you have a weather sealed cam!

As you can tell I decided to make one more post in the near future, there is just too much to show. It won’t be this week, but I have some really good stuff lined up besides that. So have a great start into this fresh week and enjoy these beauties!

Teymur.

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