MotoUSA Photo of the Week – Sept. 23, 2011

September 23, 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.

Well Enuffs photo of his pre-ride inspection offers a unique angle on what is to come.
Well Enuff’s photo tells a story and gives a unique perspective on what is in store after the pre-ride check.

It’s good to be back at the helm of the MotoUSA Photo of the Week! I’ve been on the road shooting and slaving away in front of editing programs to support the 2011 Adventure Touring Shootout. A big thanks to the keeper of the asylum, Ken Hutchison for filling in. There has been a sizable amount of photos uploaded as of late, and I love to see it. So let’s get into who gets the props this week.

Well Enuff posted a very creative image a while back that I find myself returning to every week when I look for the POTW. Although in a technical sense the shot is not as good as others, the forethought to set this scene up makes it a winner. It definitely tells a story, as Well Enuff goes through his pre-ride inspection before heading out on his Ninja 500. Shooting the reflection adds another element to create interest in what would be a rather boring photo if shot straight on. Great eye, Well Enuff. You are now added to the pool that is in the hunt for the $500 worth of EVS gear for the Photo of the Year.

Yamahas accessories are a bit more expensive than some of the others. Our model was strapped up with  2569.45 worth of gear.
Packing light with familiar equipment will reward you with more photos and less time on the side of the road.

This week’s photo tip comes from my time on our adventure bike shootout. When preparing for a trip where space is at a premium you are not always able to bring your whole kit. So how do you decide what you need, and what you don’t? Instead of packing what you think you need, pack what you use the most. What is your go-to lens? What case or strap is the one you always reach for? Don’t bring something that might only get used once, even though that one shot would be epic. Conditions are rarely perfect on long journeys and time is usually of the essence, so stick with what you know best to raise your overall average of usable images. Pack light and save room for more clean socks, trust me on this one. Until next week, happy riding and shooting.

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