MotoUSA Photo of the Week – June 3, 2011

June 3, 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.

Tyler Spikmans photo of Cole Thompson is the first motocross Photo of the Week thanks to great action  a perfect depth of field and nicely saturated colors.
Tyler Spikman’s shot of Canadian ripper Cole Thompson took the crown for Photo of the Week.

It’s Friday and for most of you this means the end of the work week. For us here at MotoUSA it means it is time for another installment of the Photo of the Week. This week’s winner comes from north of the border from Tyler Spikman. His shot of Canadian ripper Cole Thompson getting flat on his Honda above the grass-lined motocross track gets the honor of being the first dirt POTW.

The depth of field on this image is suited perfectly for the location and action. The whole bike and rider is in focus, but the background and foreground are blurred to really make Thompson pop. Also the sky is exposed nicely which is very hard to do on an overcast day. Great job, Tyler! You are now in the mix for the EVS Photo of the Year, where the winner will take home $500 worth of product from the protective gear manufacturer.

This week I want to give you a moto-photo tip that doesn’t require you to be behind the camera. Instead it involves being behind the screen of a computer. To get great photos you really need to do your homework. Although many photographers have a great eye and creativity, the ones that are truly successful have studied the techniques and fundamentals to be able to capture their vision. To know what you are doing you must study! Whether it is school, books or websites, the info is out there. School and books were never really my thing. Thankfully there are plenty of websites that can help with basics and advanced methods. As a self-taught photographer, I can attest to the wealth of knowledge on the Web if you take the time to look. Below I am going to give you some links to a few sites that will help elevate your photo game. Take the time to sign up for a contest or have a photo critiqued. Before you know it you’ll be taking better photos more often.
Jerrod Polin, AKA Fro, is one funny dude who takes amazing photos. His site is a wealth of knowledge for beginners to experts. He offers photo assignments to hone your skills, gear reviews and good bit of comedy to boot. It is my personal favorite photo site/forum.
Although a forum catering to users of Sony and Minolta cameras, Dyxum has one of the best photo assignment threads I have ever come across. The caliber of shooters on the site is way above average and the discussions on techniques are intense. Don’t be a afraid to give the assignments a try; you’ll learn a lot from this site.
This massive photo hosting sight has thousands upon thousands of groups to join that will help you learn about just about any facet of photography you might be interested in. My personal favorite groups are and Pro Corner: Semi-Pro and Professional Photography.

So there you go, I’m arming you with some serious ammo for your assault on the POTW. Keep submitting your shots in the MotoUSA Photo of the Week Thread, and maybe you could be taking home the honor of Photo of the Year.

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