Formula 1 autoportrait

Today’s photo is not per se street or travel photography, but was taken with the same spirit 🙂

Autoportrait in the rear mirror of a Matra MS11 (1968) with its V12 engine. Matra museum, Romorantin, France.

This is a Matra MS11 Formula 1 from 1968. It sports a Matra V12 engine, that was run in open air, just like in the photo. Which is pretty awesome. It was driven by Jean-Pierre Beltoise and Henri Pescarolo, unfortunately without great success (1 podium only, and a lot of DNF). As a Formula 1 and motorsport in general fan, I couldn’t help myself from appearing in the shot, in the rear mirror. It’s not a occasion you often have!

This Formula 1 car, as well as all the F1 (including the 1969 MS80 F1 World Champion driven by Sir Jackie Stewart) and the Le Mans winning sport prototypes can be seen at the Matra Museum in Romorantin, France.

This shot was first process in Adobe Lightroom with basic adjustments then converted to black & white with Nik Collection Silver Efex, using the High Structure preset I’ve posted, with a few tweaks.

Interested in licensing this photo? Take a look here!


  • Camera: Canon 6D
  • Lens: Canon EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
  • Aperture: ƒ/8.0
  • Focale: 70mm
  • Shutter speed: 1/160s
  • ISO: 6400
  • Copyright: Pierre Pichot 2015, all rights reserved
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