MotoUSA Photo of the Week – Nov 18, 2011

November 18, 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.

MDavis silhouetted bike in front of the majestic beauty of Mt. Shasta is a simple yet strong image.
MDavis captured a simple yet stunning image with strong silhouettes in front of Mt. Shasta.

Friday has shown up on schedule once again, unlike me at times. And when it’s Friday at MotoUSA, that means it’s time for look over the pool of photos in the Motorcycle USA Forums in search of the latest MotoUSA Photo of the Week. This week, I scrolled through the last page in the POTW thread and caught a glimpse of a shot from forum user MDavis. Right away it was obvious it had to be this week’s winner. It’s a simple yet stunning image of MDavis’ bike set atop Mt. Ashland (part of MotoUSA’s Oregon stomping grounds) with Mt. Shasta in the background. A stand of trees to the left side of the frame adds just the right amount of tension and balance that work in harmony in the photograph. The large amount of open sky above the cruiser and trees gives the feeling of being high up in the mountains. The silhouette of the bike and trees highlights the lines of each while allowing the snow-capped peak of Mt. Shasta to stand out. Great work MDavis! You are now part of a select group that is in the running for the EVS Photo of the Year and $500 worth of protective gear.

This week my tip is yet another easy exercise, but sometimes difficult to remember. When you’re out shooting it’s possible to get stuck in a rut and fire away frame after frame from basically the same spot or angle. All the while the ultimate shot could be just in your reach if you stopped for a moment, pulled your eye from the viewfinder and took in all of your surroundings. Stepping out of the excitement to take a moment of pause can reboot your thinking about how and where you are working. You just might find an angle that you could have missed. If you don’t stop, you can’t give yourself a chance to find that shot. So that’s it, just take a break and look around without a camera. Until next time, happy riding and shooting!