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You don't get many chances to get an image like this, with the entire grid together on track. Some circuits don't have a good first couple of turns, or it's hard to get there from the grid in time for the shot, or a good plan to get there is ruined by some unforeseen problem like a broken down shuttle, V.I.P. traffic on the access road, etc.
And you have to grab a shot like this on the first lap because by the second the field is so spread out you're lucky if you can get three or four bikes in the same shot. Sometimes someone has gone on a flyer and is out far enough ahead that you can only get the second, third and fourth bikes together....more
About to be his third year as a factory Ducati rider, Nicky Hayden is one of the hardest working men in MotoGP, and is long-overdue for some good luck. But, 2012 is already off to a tough start as Nick was unable to make much out of the Sepang test due to an injured left scapula, and accordingly underwent surgery today to repair cartilage and muscle damage in his left shoulder. Will he be fit to ride the next test at the end of February? Or will he wait until the last pre-season test at Jerez a month later? Only time will tell. Here’s to a speedy and full recovery for the Kentucky Kid....more
Scott Jones 2011 Retrospective: Round 10, Laguna Seca http://t.co/2S1CYPS2...
Lots of great photos on the link above.....
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I'm going to be appearing at the San Francisco Dainese store again in February and I anticipate still more questions about photography in addition to those about what it's like to work in the MotoGP paddock, so I thought I'd post something photography-related here for those of you who enjoy taking pictures at the races.
The above image of Marco Simoncelli at Indy is one of my personal favorites from 2011, and I thought it would be useful when talking about what a photographer can do in the darkroom, whether that's one that smells of chemicals or the digital version. While some photographers still lament the loss of film as a medium for various and often quite legitimate reasons, I am grateful for the opportunities to start with one image and end up with another via digital tools more powerful than those in the wet darkroom. This image is a good example of how digital tools turned one image into something much different, and ultimately a photograph that I place among my best of the season.
So here's a rare opportunity to see some of my unedited photographs, straight out of the camera. The series shown below begins as Simoncelli has come into the pits at Indy and dismounted. As he walks back into the box, his chief mechanic, Aligi Deganello, gives him a supportive fist, which at first I thought was my photograph. As I saw that gesture through the lens I got a little jolt of excitement that I'd just caught a nice moment....more
In August of last year I posted a desktop wallpaper on my website of the above image with a bit of information about the championship trophy's creator, GARCIAROJALS Studio in Barcelona. I'd seen the trophy up close for the first time while it was on display in the lobby of the mobile Dorna HQ building that travels to the European rounds. I was very impressed by the workmanship and design. It's quite a beaufitul bit of art, and I was pleased to share the above photo with others who shared that opinion....Full story:http://motomatters.com/blog/2011/11/20/photographer_s_blog_the_motogp_champions.html