Friday 14th September saw the last ever speedway meeting held at the Arena Essex Raceway. I have been visiting there since 1984 to watch speedway meetings and other motor-sport events. The land is to be sold for development and this was the last time I would see the Lakeside Hammers ride at their home track. I wanted to capture a few shots for posterity so took along my Sony A9 with 70-200 f2.8 lens to see what I could do.
Shooting sports is tricky at the best of times but trying to capture fast moving motorbikes in low, artificial light makes things even harder. The A9 and 70-200 combo did a fantastic job though and managed to nail focus even under these challenging conditions. The fast frame rate of the A9 also helped to capture the moment and the fast f2.8 aperture was invaluable to gather as much of the available light as possible. I had a 1.4x teleconverter in my pocket for extra reach but decided the extra stop of light was more important.
Overall I was quite pleased with what I was able to capture. High ISO was needed to keep the shutter speed up so some shots are a bit grainy but better to have a sharp grainy image than a clean but blurry one!