Not every day is a parenting day… Ferrari Silverstone track experience day

Experiencing a track day at Silverstone and getting a unique 360 degree video of your drive too! An article by my pal Rob Hornby as he celebrated his 40th birthday!

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You don’t get many days off parenting and getting out on your own. This was one and was a track day at Silverstone that my parents bought me for my 40th. I booked a date in July via the website and drove up from Hertfordshire. It was great fun. I am not a petrol head but like a bit of speed and getting to drive round some iconic corners of Formula one is a chance you can’t really pass up.

I booked a early starter session which was reduced as a result. As a dad 9.40 doesn’t seem that early especially when you only live an hour away. It’s pretty well signposted. You need to get there about 40 minutes before your race start time and you can check the drive is still on via weather line.This gives you time for traffic delay but also to check in and…

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Look with your eyes and not your tech

Recently on Mashable I saw this apt photo from back in 2015 that showed an old lady leaning on the barriers, simply enjoying a red carpet premiere in Boston without straining to see the celebs via a little digital iPhone screen. The other people in the picture are smiling too so seem to be having fun but if a video/picture is so important at such an event then simply trawl through Twitter/Instagram afterwards and you’re bound to find a better photo/video than you could have taken yourself anyway!

Boston Globe old lady photo

Boston Globe photo. Image: John Blanding/Boston Globe/Getty Image

More recently at a U2 concert last week I realised that not enough of us simply “look” at what we’re looking at! Instead, we’re trying to view it through a 4″ iPhone/Samsung screen or a DLSR viewfinder, often recording videos we’re never going to watch again anyway. And yes I realise that I used my iPhone/DSLR to take the three photos below 😉

So at the U2 concert I mostly saw arms holding up smartphone screens when I’d rather have had a clear site of Bono and The Edge instead.

U2 concert view at Twickenham

U2 concert view at Twickenham

Now that’s two examples of event photography where I feel it’s better to see with your eyes and store some memories forever. The shots below you could argue are of inamimate objects so maybe take a few snaps and THEN give yourself time to look with your eyes! … without fretting about the composition, whether you should shoot it landcape, portrait or square?, on your DLSR or iPhone or both?, and what tags you’ll use on which Social Media!

Here we are in Pisa on a balmy summer’s evening simply enjoying the tower … once I’d taken this DSLR shot on a 10 second timer.

Staring up to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Staring up to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa

… and in wonderfully beautiful Cinque Terre looking over to the iconic picture postcard view of Manarola from across the bay.

The walkway below Nessun Dorma and the lovely view back to Manarola

A couple simply enjoying the lovely view back to Manarola

So next time you’re on holiday, of course, take some photos but make sure you take time to “look with your eyes” as well! You never know, you might actually find it quite refreshing! 🙂