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MotoUSA Photo of the Week - July 1, 2011

Friday, July 1, 2011
BaasPros photo of him riding down a Kentucky backroad nicely captures the sensation of speed that only motorcycle riders can know.
BaasPro's photo captures the sensation of speed that only motorcycle riders can feel on an open road.
Once again, like it does at the end of every work week, Friday has arrived, and so has the MotoUSA Photo of the Week. For this installment we have selected Motorcycle USA Forums user, BaasPro and his photo of his Buell XB9R as the best image of the week. That makes two weeks in a row that a Buell has been featured as the POTW. Are Buell riders better photographers? I’ll hold my judgment until the EVS Photo of the Year winner is announced, but the odds of a Buell owner taking it are growing.
 
BaasPro’s onboard shot of him tearing down a South Central, Kentucky two-lane road captures the rush of feeding your ride some speed. Granted the little red needle isn’t pegged (this isn’t a dare to show us you can), but it sure seems like it. Using a GoPro on the photo mode can often lead to some wonderful action shots while all you have to think about is riding. The shutter speed of the GoPro is just right to blur the road and scenery while keeping the center of the fisheye lens sharp. Now some of you may say that the camera did all the work, but not so fast. BassPro had to find the optimum location for what he wanted in the shot, and with a GoPro that can be tough as there is no viewfinder to look though to see what is heck is going on (unless you have the GoPro LCD BacPac). I fail more than I succeed with this type of image using my helmet cam. Congratulations BassPro, you are now in the running for $500 of protective gear from EVS Sports at the end of the year.
 
Wide angle example
Wide-angle and fisheye lenses give a wide-open feel to your motorcycle photos.
This week’s moto-photo tip is inspired by the fisheye lens of the GoPro. Fisheye and ultra-wide lenses can create some amazing effects and perspective when shooting stationary and action photos. One of the coolest results in my opinion is when you aim it down at a stretch of black top. It creates a pronounced lengthening of the road that really gives an epic wide-open feel to the scene. Give it a shot next time you’re out with your buddies. Get your lens as wide as you can and climb up above the roadway on an embankment or hill. You’ll be greeted with a curved horizon that looks like you are on top of the world with an endless ribbon of black stretching out for your enjoyment.
 
As always submit you photos to the MotoUSA Photo of the Week Thread for a chance to be the next winner of the POTW. Happy riding and shooting!
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