Note: There are 152 (ONE HUNDRED FIFTY TWO) photos in this thread. Allocate ample of time to let the pictures load and read the essay. And yep, I’m a little late in getting the essay out. You’ll find out why at the end of the essay.
Shots were taken on a Nikon D300. A few photos are from my iPhone 4 though.
“I have to do WHAT??..”
That was the thought that came across my mind when Chief Photographer for SIC told me the task I had to do for him when we met up two weeks before the greatest show on earth was to decent onto Sepang, Malaysia.
You see, he told me that I had to organise and schedule other photographers to cover all the events and sub events around the circuit for the four days we will be at SIC. Be it at the trackside or the grandstand areas. All of the events and all of the photographers in the team, including him!
I sat stunned, letting the idea sink into me while he briefed another fellow on his task. The three of us were meeting to discuss our roles for the 2012 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix.
Let’s see… I went from sneaking to the trackside to shoot Friday practice in 2010 to scheduling and coordinating other team members in 2012.
Yes, it was that time of the year again. The time of the year that gets me very, very excited.
#1. The time of the year where these six guys and eighteen other ‘brothers’ come and wreck havoc at SIC. Three world champions on the front row. Michael Schumacher, Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso. Amazing…
Usually this time of the year I’m inaccessible. Inaccessible to my staff at work, to my friends and to my family. I devote almost 100% to Formula 1 when they come. I even had to skip a family member’s wedding! But this year it was a little different.
My wife, who told me I was INSANE last year, is expecting our third spawn. By end of March she was already 8 months pregnant. So I had to be accessible to her should any emergencies turn up. I was praying to god that our third spawn would stay comfortably and peacefully in his mummy’s tummy during the weekend and not surprise us with an early arrival. Thankfully, he did. Phew…
I went home after the meeting in a daze. I was stumped for a good few days. Unable to start the schedule, I slept on it for a few days. I ignored it for as long as I could. As it got closer to the second meeting with everyone else, I finally accepted the inevitable. I fired up my spreadsheet and began creating the schedule and placed photographers at the right location at the right time. It was far from perfect by the time we had our meeting but it was workable.
I tweaked it everyday after the second meeting with input from the others and finally got a good working schedule that allowed everyone time at the track and grandstand with a few other photographers as back ups for each event and sub events. I allocated time to rest for some while the others are on track shooting. There was time for everyone to eat. The schedule also gave everyone variety of things to shoot.
With the schedule in our hands, we were ready.