A few weeks ago I was hired by Audi Canada and Taxi Vancouver to photograph their Audi R8s and drivers during the annual Diamond Rally, a one-day event to raise money for charity while enjoying the spectacular Sea to Sky Highway. The route runs from Vancouver to Pemberton, then back to Whistler where the event wraps up.
The day started at 6:30 am when I met up with Jonny who was my 1st assistant/driver for the day. We headed for Jessel BMW in Burnaby for the initial gathering of cars and starting point of the near 200km rally.
The day felt like a constant chase while we relentlessly tracked down the three Audi R8s along the rally route and pit stops to capture images itemised on our shot list.
We were also working in unison with a video production crew who had priority over the cars. At times it required us to “hurry up and wait” to capture some of the key images, but the crew was great to work alongside and even when locations became tight, we all seemed to flow together to get the shots and footage we needed.
Once the rally was underway it was a mad dash to Squamish where the first pit stop was scheduled, but by the time the R8s arrived most of the participating cars had already left or were in the process of exiting the casino parking lot. After a quick regroup with the crew we were back in the car heading north for Pemberton.
The traffic was extra heavy on the Sea to Sky Highway not only due to the rally cars but also to the fact it was the first warm sunny Saturday the region had had in months. It felt like everyone was on the road that day making it impossible to catch up with our target cars along the section between Squamish and Pemberton.
Our next pit stop was the Pemberton Airfield for another gathering and some airstrip drag racing.
Once the smoke cleared from roasted tires we were back on the road backtracking our route to Whistler where the drivers checked into the Four Seasons Hotel and enjoyed food and drinks during the Diamond Rally awards celebration.
Following the awards celebration, Audi Canada had a small private gathering of their own in a nice chalet tucked away in the mountains surrounding Whistler.
Following the wrap of the shoot, we departed Whistler shortly after 10 pm and arrived home at midnight. That’s when the tedious job of dumping image files from memory cards to hard drives began and didn’t end until the early hours of the morning.
Since I had Jonny second shooting for me, we accumulated a little over two thousand images from the day. Safe to say the images above are only a sliver of what was shot. Approximately 150 were chosen for the initial selects for the client, 30 were licensed for the final usage.
It had been a while since I had done any type of event photography, and this day had us running for most of it, the chasing game was strong but enjoyable. Quite different from the staged shoots I found myself a part of these days.
Everyone involved in the day were a pleasure to work with and I hope we all have an opportunity to do so again in the near future!
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www.jasonmanchester.com – Vancouver Automotive Car Photographer Jason Manchester