Reading events listings on the internet, I came across Living Room 2012. A 10-day public art event, with free performances in Auckland. One of these performances was a group of BMX riders. I was sceptical at first, especially after seeing a single ramp. However, the sun was in the right place and the riders had some great tricks.
Parking in the car park between Grasmere and Rydal Water just off the A591 in the Lake District I spotted this beautiful Triumph Thunderbird 900 motorbike. It was parked very close to the hedge which made it difficult to separate the bike from the background, but with the way the sun was falling on the chrome and metal of the engine I couldn’t walk past without capturing a quick photograph.
Capturing motocross riders on camera is tricky, because you want them perfectly sharp but also need to try to convey movement (this is true for all motor sport photography). Here at the Extreme Enduro motocross event it was my first try at a decent two wheeled motor sport event and I learnt a lot. This riders eyes are perfectly sharp, but due to the high shutter speed it almost looks as though he is stood still. The shadow over his eyes nearly completely obscures the fact he is looking directly into my camera. Maybe next time I need to experiment more with flash and a circular polarising filter.
The biggest challenge with motocross photography and motorbikes in general is capturing the faces of the riders when they are all wearing full face helmets and the majority have their eyes covered. However, if you’re patient, their visor eventually gets so covered in mud that they have to move it off their faces. This is a Talon Eng KTM 250 ridden by Karl Langford from Somerset. It is one of the dozen or so really sharp images I captured at this event, but for my first time at shooting this sport, I am more than happy with that.