MotoUSA Photo of the Week – Oct. 14, 2011

October 14, 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.

The end of the work week has arrived and for many that means sliding through the remainder of Friday while planning the weekend’s activities. For us here at MotoUSA, it’s full-tilt, wide-open as usual. At least I get to enjoy all the user-generated photography in the MotoUSA Photo of the Week thread as I choose which to crown the best of the week. As usual there are plenty of great shots to choose from, but this week we have our first three-time winner.

SLRs third Photo of the Week winner is a a fairly tame scene but it resonates with every rider. The sharpness of his image is impressive.
SLR’s third Photo of the Week captures a familar scene that every rider can relate to, the mid-ride rest stop.

Without a doubt SLR’s moniker is true to his photographic skills. He now pulled out the first POTW trifecta by capturing his riding group’s machines on break. The technical details of this image are perfect with spot-on exposure, tack-sharp focus, and excellent contrast. On the compositional front, it’s fairly straight forward, but the depth of field is wonderful. The background is so smooth that it really emphasizes that the bikes are the focus. What really makes this image work is that it is familiar and every motorcyclist can see themselves hanging out on the side of the road with SLR. Sometimes just a snapshot in time is just as moving as a sweeping landscape or super-hot action photo. It’s just a damn-fine image, and for that SLR now has three chances to take home the $500 in gear from EVS Sports for Photo of the Year.

For my moto-photo tip this week I want to talk about memory cards. I’m not really addressing what brand or read/write speed as much as what size card should you use. As memory becomes cheaper and the manufacturers cram more and more into a single card, you need to think about what size SD or CF card you should use. One massive 64gb monster or a handful of lower capacity cards? As a professional that always needs to cover his bases and protect himself from catastrophe at every turn, I subscribe to the multiple lower-capacity cards approach. The reasoning is simple. If your memory card goes bad and you have everything on one card, then you lose everything. Running multiple cards allows you to spread out your photos over several cards and ensures at the end of your day or ride you will have at least something to show for it. A plus is that you can usually find smaller cards on sale more often and you can get just as much if not more memory for the same price as the mega-storage cards. Save money and save your photos. That’s a win-win. Until next time, happy riding and shooting!

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