After deciding I wanted to do more motorsport photography I started looking around the internet for local motorsport events, in particular motorcross and motorbike races, something I had never photographed before this past weekend. Above is my most successful capture from The Tough One, an Extreme Enduro motorcross race at Back Cowm Quarry in Rochdale. Here we see the Clubman Class race in the morning. In the foreground is bike 38, a Gas Gas 300 riden by David Dudley from Ramsbottom. Behind him in the background is bike 52, a KTM 150 ridden by Harry Eccles, also from Ramsbottom. It was a massive challenge to get anything I was happy with in these wet and overcast conditions. Still I was happy I had gone and will hopefully make it to more motorcross events over the coming months.
My fascination with scooters, particularly with classic Vespas came when I photographed my little red scooter image in Barcelona a few years back. Ever since I have been adding to my small collection of scooter photos. I came across this one parked outside a small cafe down a back street in Rome. As soon as I saw it I knew that it would make a worthwhile capture for a “colour popping” post process whereby I make the background black and white but keep the scooter coloured using Photoshop. It still isn’t as good as the original red one in my opinion, but worth sharing.
This neat arrangement of Vespa scooters was photographed whilst walking around the financial district of Zurich. I thought it was worth a photograph due to the way all the scooters seem to be looking in the same direction, plus the orange one really stands out from the crowd! Obviously taking inspiration from my little red scooter that I found in Barcelona, but this time I decided not to turn the rest of the image black and white and colour pop the orange scooter, it almost doesn’t need to be done due to the lack of strong colour in the majority of the frame.
The purple on the rims of this push bike really stood out whilst I was wandering in one of the many cobbled back streets of Rome. Without suspension, gears or even brakes this bicycle must be quite exciting to ride around the city centre. Obviously a local’s machine and possibly a courier’s bike. I liked the contrast between the bright, almost fluorescent purple of the wheels against the rest of the bike with its cream frame and tanned leather saddle and handle bar grips.