I love shooting sports, in particular Motocross simply for the reason in my younger years I lived to race motocross. Now a bit older I’m taking a new approach to being part of the sport, getting the camera and finding inspirational shots. One thing I can say is that after spending years shooting landscape, not only do I look for the action but I also look at the light. These pics were published in the leading motocross magazine, Racer X.
This particular event is called the ProAm and was held at Budd’s Creek, Maryland. It’s where semi-pros compete to earn enough points to race professionally. Even the mini’s got to ride at the end of the day, and as you can see, the light was very nice!
The pics with the sunlight through the bike were taken using Hi-speed sync fill flash, the shutter speed was 1/1250 sec. I also got out the 14mm – 24mm f2.8 which certainly adds to my excitement as a photographer – I have to get within two feet of the bike to get anything that’s close to full frame. Most of the time I don’t even look through the lens, see the 3rd pic (rider #285) and the last pic (rider #559). Most of the time I’m using the 70mm – 200mm f2.8. It’s a great lens but it doesn’t stop me from wanting the 300mm f2.8 lens, only about $5800.
Ferrell, your work is simply breathtaking. I cannot decide who is the “Ansel Adams” of HDR, yourself or Ratcliff. You are able to do, in post production, what Adams did in the darkroom, and then some. Either way, you two, in my eyes, set the standard for this area of photography. Thank you for writing your book and helping others develop their skills in this medium, which I believe is the most revolutionary and significant movement within photograph in at least 40 years.