F1 driver Emerson Fittipaldi
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F1 driver Emerson Fittipaldi

It can be a challenge capturing a close up image of a Formula1 driver and it was no dfifferent when I captured this image of Emerson Fittipaldi. Shadowy lighting conditions and drivers mostly looking forward, concentrating on the race, provide few occasions for a clear shot. That's why the opportunity had to be seized when Emerson Fittipaldi suddenly looked left, right into my camera while holding an umbrella which shaded the cockpit. Timing and this shade made snapping this photo possible.

Emerson had a ten year career in F1 driving for Lotus, Five years for McLaren, and then he retired to represent his own brand. Having a chance to document the Long Beach Grand Prix means if we are lucky, there is plenty of potential for some evocative portraiture featuring impressive legends of the motorsport world.

Location: Long Beach, CA.