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MotoUSA Photo of the Week - June 17 2010

Friday, June 17, 2011
Camchann offers us up another POTW winning photograph. This time we have a sunset on the beach of the Pacific Ocean around Eureka  California. This shot was taken in January during an unusual stretch of warm weather that allowed them to dig the R6 out of teh garage and hit the road.
Camchann offers us up another POTW winning photograph. This time we have a pair of R6 motorcycles and a sunset on the beach of the Pacific Ocean around Eureka, California.
This Friday’s Photo of the Week is a staged shot from Camchann with a spectacular sunset contrast to a pair of Yamaha R6 in the foreground. Normally, the sun should always be at your back but in this case, a creative use of natural light offers us a very nice image. By blocking the direct glare of the setting sun behind the closest bike to the camera he reduced the glare and allows faint details of the bikes to come across to the viewer. An image like this stirs emotions as sunsets often do. Some of the best static images are late day photos like this one so nice job to Camchann, our first two-time POTW winner.

We had a late entry from new POTW participant, Colorado Randy that featured a FJR1300 parked next to a ten-foot tall snow wall on the side of a mountain highway. The photo was taken with his Droid X camera phone, and it gives us the opportunity to address how you can turn a simple picture into a great photograph by taking a little time to think about what is going on in the field of vision.

Pop the full-size version of FJR snow wall image (Below) to get an idea of what Randy could have done to make this shot a winner. Using the Rule of Thirds we will talk about the composition of the photo and how it could have been improved. If the bike was placed lower in the bottom right it would allow a complete view of the green forest and blue sky in the background. Add in the snow wall and you would have had layers of subject to pique the viewer’s interest.

Colorado randy shot this image of a Yamaha FJR using his Droid X camera phone. The cool thing about this photo is the massive snow wall alongside the Trail Ridge Road as they rode through the Rocky Mountain National Park.
Colorado Randy shot this image of a Yamaha FJR using his Droid X camera phone. The cool thing about this photo is the massive snow wall alongside the Trail Ridge Road as they rode through the Rocky Mountain National Park.
It doesn’t matter what camera you have as long as you know how to use it. As the old photographer motto goes: “The best camera is the one you have with you.” If all you have is your camera phone when an opportunity like this arises, here are a couple pointers to keep in mind. When using a camera phone, the more light you can get into the lens the better; camera phone sensors do not perform well when starved of light. And since they are usually not able to shoot in great detail it is important to get as close as possible to the subject.

There are also a number of apps available for camera phones that will allow you to add some extra pop to your camera phone images. Instagram for iPhone and Vignete for Droid are some of the more popular apps for mobile photographers.
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