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.
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.
One of the unique cars on the UK rally circuit is Andrew Burton’s Peugeot 306 Cosworth. Above we see him starting to power slide around one of the hairpin bends in Whinlatter Forest. This car is essentially a Peugeot 306 with Maxi ice racer body panels and a four wheel drive, mid-mounted 2.9 litre, 24 valve Cosworth V6 engine. It is a serious machine and a quick search on YouTube brings up some crazy videos. As Andrew was power sliding around this corner he kicked up over double the amount of gravel and stones of any other car on the course. So much so one piece of stone (about 1 or 2 inch cube) hit me right on the elbow – it was a small price to pay for the photograph below as he powered out of his slide just a second or two later. The camera and lens were fine and there was no blood drawn from my elbow. Needless to say, Andrew Burton went on to win the Malcolm Wilson 2011 rally.
“Go Penguins” is the new celebratory public art event taking place throughout Liverpool, St Helens and the Wirral and it really reminds me of the “Cow Parade” a few years ago in Manchester. Mark and Rachel suggested a walk around Liverpool to see and photograph a few of them. The above two were in the Albert Docks area of the city. On the left is number 7 “A dry new world” by Mary Lundquist and on the right is number 8 “Global Warning” by Ines Dearman. There are a lot that I didn’t get to see, but I hope to be back in the city before the 10th of January when the art trial comes to an end.