Paddleboarding is a water sport that appears to combine padding with surfing. The first time I saw someone doing this was across a small bay in Sydney Harbour, Australia. This photograph was taken in Judge’s Bay. This is a very still bay of water in Auckland. Although the boards look like surf boards and from this angle seem short, they are usually around 12 feet long.
Not sure what to expect, as I headed down to the ASB Show grounds last Saturday, for Big Boys Toys 2012 show. I focused on two massive ramps, that BMX riders and Motocross riders were using to perform some insane stunts. In the background of the above photograph is One Tree Hill, a 182 metre volcanic peak. Although some of the stunts, especially from the motocross guys, pictured below are probably more impressive.
My aim was to capture a rider next to the obelisk at the top of the hill. This proved much more challenging than excepted. Firstly, I had to get further back and zoom in as far as much camera would let me. Then there was no way of telling exactly where in the air they were going to be. Still I got a couple of photographs that I like.
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.
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.