I was the first video company in Glasgow to cover Glasgow Speedway from 1988 to 1992 at Shawfield Stadium, Glasgow. Today the Glasgow Tigers are at a new home on the North side of Glasgow at a newly re-generated Ashfield Stadium.
JVC have kindly sent me their new GY-LS300 to review, a Super 35mm 4K camera with a micro 4/3″ lens mount. This is the reason for the trip to Ashfield Stadium today, to do a production recce.
Ashfield used to be a greyhound track but is now solely owned by Glasgow Tigers Speedway. Today I had my first look at the all new stadium and I was more than impressed. I am hoping to produce some sexy footage from the JVC LS300.
Although the LS300 has 4K abilities I am using the cameras full HD capabilities 1920 x 1080 50p because of the nature of the sport, fast action never looks good at 25p.
I am looking forward to filming Speedway once more, its a very exiting sport and can be very dangerous.
Back in 1988 we filmed Speedway with the first commercially available CCD camera called a Panasonic F10, recording onto a portable VHS recorder. The camera had an interchangeable 12x lens.
I am almost having a reunion on Sunday bringing back Chris Malcolm, my good friend who used to interview the Tigers…23 years ago !
I took this photograph back in 1992, the last year Steve Lawson (2nd from left) rode for the Glasgow Tigers. We produced a documentary called the Steve Lawson Story and went to Steve’s farm at Workington. The youngest chap on the far right, Richard Lawson now rides for the Glasgow Tigers.
So lets hope the JVC GY-LS300 puts in a good account of itself, I hope to use some sexy Canon glass to get some cracking shallow depth of field shots.