February 27, 2013

Sharpshooter: Jamey Price

Being a bit of a connoisseur of fine motor sport photography,  I'm glad Jamey Price's first career choice did not work out.  You see, just a couple of years ago, Jamey moved to England from his native North Carolina to pursue his dream of becoming a professional steeple chase rider!

It did not work out and these days Jamey can instead be found chasing fast cars around some of the world's best tracks for major publications, from Road & Track to Autosport.   His pictures and his ability to connect with the right people are quite amazing considering he's basically, just starting out...

We have a talk with Jamey Price after the jump.

Axis of Oversteer: When did you start shooting?

Jamey Price: I started with photography in 2008. I was given a fairly basic amateur level Nikon for my 21st birthday and things just kind of snowballed from there. I bought a "professional" DSLR in 2009 and covered my first event as a paid credentialed photographer that April. I didn't photograph my first car race with credentials until May 2011 though. Since then, I've covered most major racing series across many different continents. I'm extremely fortunate to have been given the opportunities that I have. A lot left on my "bucket" list but with time, I hope to check many of them off.

AO:  So what is on your photo bucket list?

JP: The Bathurst 1000 V8 super car race in Australia is easily toward the top, as is the Nurburgring 24 hours and 24 hours of Le Mans. I would also put the Monaco Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500 on there as well. Quite a few others that would be nice, but too many too name. I've been criticized for it before, but I am a huge car racing fan. In my opinion, to do what me and my photography colleagues do, you almost have to be! I want the racing action to be as good as the light on the circuit. So going to these iconic places, and capturing them in images is always very special. I'm still really new at this, so there is a lot I have to look forward to, I hope.

AO:  Your favorite track?

JP: Tough question. Tracks are like people. I love some of them, I dislike others, but still tolerate them in small doses. As far as amazing light goes (which is what every racing photographer really wants), Road Atlanta's Petit Le Mans race in October has to be near the top of the list. It's a great place to shoot. But I also really enjoyed Circuit Gilles Villeneueve in Montreal. That was a ton of fun as well. There are some places I really hate but I won't go into that…..

AO:  Favorite car?

JP: My favorite race car? Probably the Mclaren formula one cars of recent years. That chrome paint just absolutely glows and shimmers when the light hits it right, not to mention it has some spectacular curves to it. But my favorite road car? Im a big fan of classic sports cars. The GT40 and the Ferraris of the 1970's and 80's come to mind. I care less about what is inside the thing, more about how it looks…..

AO: Your favorite tool?

JP: I always have my Nikon 400mm on me. It is a prime lens that shoots at f2.8 so you get great depth of field with it. But I'm finding that in many cases, it is too short for some of the European tracks that have immense run off areas. Another downside is that it is incredibly heavy. With monopod and camera body attached, it has to be pushing 15lbs. Which may not sound like much, but sling a 15lb weight around on your shoulders all day and you'll get sick of it quickly. But one of my favorite lenses is the 14-24mm wide angle. On a full frame camera, it is so so wide, you have to be careful not to catch your feet in the photo!

AO: Your ideal photograph is?

JP: My ideal photograph is one that is kind of a combination of a landscape photo and a car racing photo. A lot of these race tracks are very scenic places. So throw some race cars on them and it can be the perfect storm to making a nice image. I learned the photography world working with a few newspapers, so beyond capturing really cool car racing photos, I also enjoy telling stories. Car racing is far more than just loud fast cars going in circles. There is tons of color, great emotion and always something different to shoot.

You can contact Jamey Price via jameypricephoto.com
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  1. who do you have to know, or how do you get your first "paid credentialed" gig?

    1. That is the question. More specifically, how do you go from 1st camera to shooting F1 in 3-4 years? Aspiring photogs want to know. :)


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