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Motocross Photography

When I was younger I raced motocross so I can say unequivocally that it’s in my blood. The transition to motocross photography is an easy one for me. I still get the adrenaline rush with my camera in hand as I sprint from jump to jump and corner to corner. I call it “Photo-cross.” The action on the track is a great place for sports photography, it allows experimenting with testing different shutter speeds for motion blur, fill-flash, wide angle and long lenses. After processing about 250 pics I decided to create images with a painterly look. I started with the out-of-camera image and used photomatix to tone map the single exposure into what is referred to as a Pseudo-HDR image. After a couple of oil painting filters and plugins viola a cool image that would make a nice print, even a poster. Stay tuned, I’m going back to another event the first week of May.


  • John Barclay - April 18, 2011 - 2:23 pm

    I’m really digging these Ferrell. Your never ending creativity is always inspiring.ReplyCancel

    • Ferrell - April 18, 2011 - 7:28 pm

      Thank you so much John, You have amazing work that inspires me!ReplyCancel

  • Todd Metcalfe - April 19, 2011 - 8:22 am

    I have to agree, really like these. Definitely would make a great print on the wall..ReplyCancel

  • Bill Brown - April 25, 2011 - 1:13 pm

    These are fantastic images. My favorite artist for this type of work is Leroy Neiman; this reminds me of that. Can’t wait to try this at the next NASCAR event. Great job, you have inspired me. BillReplyCancel

  • Clyde Burkle - July 12, 2011 - 10:09 am

    Ferrell, Just a note to say Hi. We meet on Mt Hood in Ore. on July 11,2011. I was with my wife and two friends. Your work is amazing. I Grandson is a Supercross rider so I love you image of the rider.Hope your trip was rewarding. Regards Clyde Burkle ,Ridgefield, WaReplyCancel

  • balraj - August 11, 2011 - 12:55 am

    this is different…..i m new to ur blog so will explore…it looks
    filled with gud stuffReplyCancel

  • Stanley Sims - January 21, 2013 - 8:53 pm

    Have your book, and read some of it almost every night. That is why I have Photomatix now. I got your book first to study, and I love it. These oil filters are new to me though. Where do you fimd them? I have Photoshop Elements, and I assume they are not there.ReplyCancel

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