MotoUSA Photo of the Week – August 19, 2011

August 19, 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.

Slrs photo of a his BMW in front of an approaching desert monsoon is a black and white beauty.
Slr’s photo of a his BMW infront of an approaching desert monsoon is a black and white beauty.

Once again Friday has snuck up on us, and that means it time for another installment of the MotoUSA Photo of the Week. For this week, the choice was easy; Motorcycle USA Forum newbie Slr posted a few great shots, but his black and white image of his BMW GS on an old section of iconic Route 66 south of Santa Fe, New Mexico was an instant favorite. It’s not often black and white works for motorcycle photos, but in this case it adds to the Wild West feel. The approaching monsoon towering over the scene is lined up perfectly where the road meets the horizon. I can almost feel the humid desert heat, and the refreshing coolness that is to follow when the rain catches up to slr. This photograph tells a story that any long-distance rider can appreciate and relate to.
Great work Slr, you are now in the pool of shooters that have the chance to win $500 worth of EVS protective gear when we select the EVS Photo of the Year in December. For all those that haven’t entered yet, the sooner you do the better your

A hidden gem outside of Takayama.
Knowing the personalities of each of your lenses will lead to better photographs.

chances of getting the nod for POTW. The amount of entries is growing steadily and you don’t want to get lost in the shuffle. 
This week’s moto-photo tip is for those of you with DSLR or film SLR cameras and more than one lens. Lens selection for a certain scene or effect is an important part of the equation when planning out your shot. The very first thing I think about when I am shooting, is which lens do I want to use? I know exactly what each lens’ effect, color, contrast and field of view is and how I can exploit those traits to convey what my mind’s eye has envisioned. My point is you need to know your lenses in and out, and here is an exercise to get to know them better. Put one lens on the camera and use only that lens for a week. You will start to realize the strengths and weaknesses within a short time. Do this with your whole arsenal and afterwards making a choice will be second nature, which in turn will allow you to tell your story better.
That’s it for this week, so as always, happy riding and shooting!

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