2018 Bicester Heritage January Sunday Scramble
Going to Bicester Heritage for the Sunday Scramble has quickly become a favourite way to kick start the New Year. Its a great way to get the photography juices flowing again after the off season, especially when the weather is as bright and crisp as it was at this years event.
Twelve months ago the event fell on a typically cold, dark and damp January day, that possibly contributed to a relatively modest turnout of cars. This year despite a bitterly cold wind biting through every layer of clothing, many folk embraced the sunshine and made their way to what was the RAF Bicester Bomber Base but now houses a collection of classic and vintage car and motorbike workshops, all sitting within the grounds of the air field, and all retaining the 1920’s looks and feel of the buildings. This setting is perfect for those turning up in their period vehicles (and sometimes more modern exotica as well), as they are allowed to park with relative impunity around the grounds. Vintage and classic cars, combined with the old buildings and hangers is a car photographers dream come true. In amongst the old buildings a few new ones have popped up since my last visit, meaning that there was even more to explore, and that’s without taking into consideration that many of the cars come and go throughout the day, so even once you have walked around once, a second circuit will reveal more gems.
Here are a collection of images from the 7th January, with a definite Porsche theme. I will be adding more photographs over the coming weeks as I get through processing them.
I primarily use my Sigma 70-200 f2.8 lens for my photography work, but for this event I decided to make more use of my 35mm F1.4 Art lens as I’ve developed a bit of a phobia about using wider lenses, and I think it is costing me in terms of photographic opportunities, especially in tighter environments. Having reviewed the images since I got back home I’m glad to say I’m happy with the performance of this lens, there is no doubting its sharpness and pleasant Bokeh. It is sensitive to the angle of composition, especially with vehicles that can get a barrel distortion that needs correcting in post processing, but as tool in the kit bag to pull out in the right circumstances, it seems ideal. I will endeavour to use it more often through out the year.