MotoUSA Photo of the Week – Sept. 30, 2011

September 30, 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.

Dk4one7s photo of Tyla Rattray used the rule of thirds perfectly and has a nice depth field.
There is nothing better than a full-on motocross shot of a pro such as Tyla Rattray on the gas

This week I’ve been fiending for some motocross, but alas, the racing has concluded for the 2011 season. So when I came across dk4one7’s photo from what looks like Washougal, it was pretty much a shoe in, but it still had merit as an entry into the MotoUSA Photo of the Week hall of fame. I love roost photos especially when it’s flying towards the camera. Having shot more than my fair share of images from this angle I know how hard it is to keep the rider in focus as chunks of soil fly through your focus point. Dk4one7 has stuck to the tried and true rule of thirds, positioning Tyla “The Styla” Rattray in the lower left third allowing the viewer to see down the track. Great work dk4one7, you are now with the select few that have a chance for $500 worth of EVS protective gear for the Photo the Year.

This week for my moto-photo tip I want to talk about the old adage that practice makes perfect. Just like anything else photography take practice to master, for some more than others, but practice is key nonetheless. So here is an exercise to help you work on improving your skill set. I call it “making it work.” You don’t always have the best location, sunlight or

The Ducati 1198 Superbikes front brakes are sharp and work well. The rear brake however lacks power and feel.
Sometimes when the light or location isn’t optimal you just have to “make it work.”

subject, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a great photograph. Some time you just have to “make it work.” So give this a shot, take your camera for a walk around your neighborhood. You’ve seen that same street hundreds of times, but the goal is to find a way to make it interesting. Then check out your results. A few days later do it again. Repeat this cycle a few times and then compare your first walk with your last. I guarantee you’ll see a difference for the better. I do this whenever I have a chance to keep in shooting shape. The end result will give you the confidence to work quicker and be creative when you aren’t in an epic situation. So that’s it for this week, so until next Friday, happy riding and shooting.

And remember, keep submitting your work to the Photo of the Week Thread on the Motorcycle USA Forums. We’ve had several multi-time winners; you can be one too.

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