MotoUSA Photo of the Week – July 8, 2011

July 8, 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.

Spudraces photo os Dena Wilson practicing for the 2010 Supercross Finale in Las Vegas is a great example of filling the frame and is perfectly exposed.
Spudrace’s capture of Dean Wilson in Las Vegas is exposed nicely and is a perfect example of how to fill the frame.

This Friday we flip back to Page 1 of the MotoUSA Photo of the Week Thread to Spudrace’s photo of Dean Wilson. Captured with a Canon EOS Rebel XSI, this shot of Deano getting loose during afternoon practice at the 2010 Las Vegas Supercross is only the second dirt related POTW we’ve had thus far. Spudrace used a 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 lens at full zoom to get up close and fill the frame, a perfect solution for the less than optimal background of empty bleachers. By zooming in he not only made it obvious that the Scottish-Canadian racer was the main subject in his composition, but he also made the scattered hardcore moto-fans less of distraction. The color contrast between the red and green works pretty well also. Kudos for sticking out in the hot desert sun to get this killer image Spudrace! You are now one step closer to taking home $500 worth of EVS Protective gear in the Photo of the Year contest.
This week’s moto-photo tip is about using your flash, but in a different way than you would normally use your artificial light source. Usually you would use the flash when there is not enough ambient light to properly expose an image, but

Antonio Cairoli crossed the line first in the qualifying round of the MX1 class.
Flashes can be used in the brightest of conditions to balance out an exposure by overpowering the abient light.

how about using it when there is too much light? That’s right, sometimes the sun is blasting down in the middle of the day and either the sun is casting a massive shadow on your side of the subject or the sky looks total bland and washed out. The solution? Using your flash to properly expose your main subject will lower the amount of natural light that your camera takes into the sensor. This trick works best for DSLR cameras, but you can also get acceptable results from a point and shoot. Without a light meter, it will take some trial and error, but next time you are out there taking a photo and the sunlight is overpowering, just pop up the flash and see what happens. I’m sure with a little practice you will be surprised at the difference in the colors and contrast of your photos.

Remember to keep posting your best motorcycle photos in the Motorcycle USA Forums, and maybe you’ll be the next winner of the MotoUSA Photo of the Week. Until next week, happy riding and shooting!

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