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Story behind the photo: Hamilton’s golden Montreal moment

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Story behind the photo: Hamilton’s golden Montreal moment
Jun 20, 2017, 4:03 PM

After every grand prix, ace photographer Mark Sutton of Sutton Images gives us a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to cover Formula 1 from behind the lens.

An amazing weekend in Montreal saw Lewis Hamilton claim his 65th pole position – equalling F1 legend Ayrton Senna’s tally and then recording a lights-to-flag victory for his sixth Canadian Grand Prix victory.

My unique image shows one amazing moment on the podium from my privileged position on the roof of the control tower.

When Lewis saluted the fans as he left the podium, I managed to catch his maple leaf trophy flaring with golden light against the sun.

What’s the secret to this shot? It’s all about having the right lens, exposure, shutter speed – and keeping your finger on the shutter button to capture these truly special moments in F1 history!

Tech specs:

Camera body - Nikon D5

Lens - Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8

Shutter speed - 1/500th of a second

Aperture - F9

ISO - 400

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