Eyes of Nikon

D3 | AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR | LO1(ISO100相当) | 1/10 | f/20

Photographer

Hiroshi Kaneko金子 博

Hiroshi Kaneko was born in Omori, Tokyo in 1953. He graduated from Tokyo Photography Academy in 1974. Kaneko has covered 502 F-1 races since his first shoot at the Fuji Speedway in 1976. He has made a career as a specialist in race coverage. Aside from serving as the overall F-1 cameraman coordinator for Asia at the appointment of the FIA, Kaneko, also a member of the Japan Racing Photographers Association and the Formula One Photographers Association who devotes much effort to expanding and developing race photography. http://www.ign.jp

Photographer's Eye

500mm lenses are the standard for people who shoot F-1 races like me. Sometimes I want to use 600 or 800mm lenses, but when I consider air travel by plane, weight, and the hand movements needed to keep up with the speed of F-1 during shoots, the 500mm is the best choice in a practical sense. From my 36 years of covering F-1 racing, I know as a professional that there are photos that are planned out in advance, like being able to always get a good shot with this lens under this lighting in this location. Still, while it may not happen even once a year, there are times where I can get shots like this one that go beyond my expectations. All sound fades out, the camera seems to move on its own; it's really like I lose all sense of everything else. It's as if the lens, the camera, the muscles that close the shutter, my arm, and my mind are all acting in complete unison. It feels like someone else is controlling my movements. I'm grateful that these moments where it's like some god of photography has taken control of me happen occasionally. I guess if you stay in the business long enough then these gods start to help you out sometimes.

Work of Hiroshi Kaneko