MotoUSA Photo of the Week – April 15, 2011

April 15, 2011
Justin Dawes
Justin Dawes
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Raised on two wheels in the deserts of Nevada, the newest addition to the MotoUSA crew has been part of the industry for well over 15 years.Equal parts writer, photographer, and rider, "JDawg" is a jack of all trades and even a master of some.

SMGs photo of his Ducati overlooking the Wasach Range outside of Salt Lake City  Utah is the Photo of the Week for April 18  2011. Great colors in this one SMG!
SMG’s photo of his Ducati Sport 1000 infront of the Wasach Range in Utah is the Photo of the Week for April 15th, 2010. 

This week’s photo comes to us from Motorcycle USA Forums user SMG. His beautiful orange Ducati Sport 1000 overlooking Utah’s Wasach Range caught my attention immediately. The fall colors of the quaking aspen trees below the snowcapped mountains play perfectly with the orange paint of SMG’s Duc. The small bit of road just behind the Sport 1000 gives a sneak peek at was is in store for him and his air-cooled twin. A great photo should invoke a reaction or feelings, and this shot does just that. It makes me want to gear up and set course for the twisting roads and epic scenery of Utah! Great job SMG, you are now in the running for Photo of the Year.
Some of you on the forum have been asking, “Do we win anything?” You win a sense of pride for Photo of the Week and I am happy to say that EVS Sports has stepped up big by committing to supply the winner of the Photo of the Year with a great prize package. EVS has a multitude of protective equipment and gear for street and dirt riders, so they are the perfect fit to support our Photo of the Year Contest. I can’t unveil the details just yet, as we are working on the legal mumbo-jumbo and disclaimers, but I will say you will want to step up your photo game and aim for the top prize. So get to work on capturing and submitting your masterpieces on the Moto USA Photo of the Week Thread.

The portable toilet in the backround of this shot makes it usesless as it casts aspersions on the quality of the CR125 project bike.
The portable toilet in this shot makes a subliminal statement about the subject that is unintended. Always be sure to pay attention to what is in the background when composing your shots.

Now it is time for this week’s moto-photo tip. This one seems easy to remember, but even I forget sometimes. It’s important to pay attention to what is in the background or behind you main subject. Sometimes we get so caught up on the subject of our photos we forget to be mindful of what is behind. Things like people, power lines, garbage cans, port-potties and power poles can really mess up a great photo if they are in the wrong place at the wrong time. Depending on the angle of the shot, trees or poles can appear to be growing out of people’s heads, power lines ruin a perfect sky and weirdoes creeping behind your subject are never a good thing. Take this photo of a 2003 Honda CR125 that I shot a couple of months ago. Nice shot, but I didn’t notice the portable restroom in the back until about 5 minutes into the shoot. So be mindful of what or who is around as you shoot; one misplaced object can turn a keeper into a throw away.

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