MotoUSA Photo of the Week – July 22, 2011

July 22, 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.

Colorado Randys photo of his FZ1 is an excellent landscape photograph with solid use of the rule of thirds.
This image from Colorado Randy has me giving serious thought to a road trip in his namesake state.

Friday has crept up on us once again, and that means it’s time for the MotoUSA Photo of the Week. Motorcycle USA Forums user Colorado Randy already had an honorable mention from Hutch’s guest appearance as POTW author, and now he is a bona fide winner. His landscape scene of Mary’s Lake in Colorado makes me want to make a beeline for the Rocky Mountain State immediately. His Yamaha FZ1 is placed perfectly in the lower left third, and the horizon also follows the rule of thirds. The reflection on the water along with the nicely exposed sky make this shot a winner. In his description of this photograph, he mentioned trying different settings to find the best exposure, and it paid off. Congratulations Randy; you are now in the hunt for the EVS Photo of the Year and $500 of gear that comes with it.
Today’s moto-photo tip is an easy and practical way to add some interest to your photographs, static or action. It as easy as bending your knees, just get low. Getting the lens lower to the ground can add an essence of power to the subject of your composition, especially when using a wide angle of view. You can make your bike look very imposing and larger than life. The viewer will feel your machine is actually looming over them. When shooting action, a low

The styling of the Vaquero was a hit with our testers  taking top honors in the appearance category.
Getting your camera low to the ground gives your subject a larger than life look and feel.

perspective will look more natural than shooting from a standing position. Instead of looking down on the rider they will be right in your face, intensifying the action that is taking place. The reason for this this that unlike traditional sports photography, such as football and baseball, the subject is roughly half as tall. So getting on the same level or lower brings you back to the most common angle at which humans view each other, face to face.
That’s it for this week fellow motorcycle photographers. By now we have added quite a few tools to your repertoire. Let’s see you put them to use on the MotoUSA Photo of the Week Thread. And for all you that haven’t jumped into the fray yet, there is no time like the present. I want to see what and where you ride. Until next week, happy riding and shooting!

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