MotoUSA Photo of the Week – May 6, 2011

May 6, 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.

Wisarts landscape shot is a technical masterpiece with intersecting lines and a wonderfully exposed sky.
An amazing sky combined with great use of intersecting lines put Wisart’s photo at the top of the pile this week.

It’s that time yet again for the weekly installment of the MotoUSA Photo of the Week. Wisart’s photo of his Honda taking a rest on Hwy 67 near Southern Kettle Moraine, Wisconsin was submitted soon after the inception of POTW. Every time I visit the MotoUSA Photo of the Week Thread, I stop and look at this beauty. The very first thing that brought me to this photo was the sky; the detail and exposure of the clouds adds drama to the scene. Next you’ve got the road cutting a diagonal line from left to right puling your eye right to the bike. Then there is a line created by the two white road markers that intersects the road bringing you right back to the red Honda. Whether intentional or not, this is a perfect example of using lines to focus attention on the subject. For his wonderfully technical composition, Wisart takes the honors of POTW for May 6, 2011, and is now in the running for the $500 spending spree from EVS Sports for Photo of the Year.

Thad Duvall
This photo of Thad Duvall uses the branches of the an old oak tree to create a frame around him. By using framing a photographer can emphasize the main focus of the shot.

For this week’s moto-photo tip I want to get you thinking about framing. It’s a simple concept but takes some practice to recognize the opportunity to use it. It comes down to basically putting a frame around your subject. Now I’m not talking about a wooden rectangle here; I’m talking about using the natural lines in a scene to surround your point of interest on two or more sides. Look for boxes created buy your surroundings and put your subject in them. This is yet another way to draw the eye to what you want your point of focus to be in your photos. When framing is implemented there is no question what the subject is. This can be as simple as using branches of a tree to surround a rider, or a difficult as shooting through a crack in a wall or window for an abstract take on framing. If you look hard there are frames everywhere and after some practice you will find them easier to spot.