View Full Version : Remembering the 2006 Motocross Season

10-01-2006, 06:01 PM
Trish and I really didnt get out to shoot MX as much as we probably wish we had... but heres a small touch of 2006 for the newer members of our earlier season shooting.




10-01-2006, 06:01 PM



10-01-2006, 08:02 PM
awesome ross, Id kill to get those type of shots! whats the secret?

10-01-2006, 08:05 PM
Lots of practice Craig... I have been shooting MX for as long as I can remember... from 35mm to MiniDV (movies) to digital P&S and now with the real gear... it takes time, practice, and knowing the sport...

10-06-2006, 07:56 AM
I definitely agree... I started shooting sports photography a few years ago and ended up working for the university I was attending as the sports photographer.... I think in sports photography that knowing your sport is one of the biggest keys to turning out great pictures... your talking about fast moving, active, dynamic subjects... and knowing the flow of the game, the timing, is crucial.

The more you can anticipate where your subject is going, what moves they are making, etc - the more you can "stage" your shot (catch the action, frame your shot exactly as you want it, move as needed with the game to get great clear shots)

Ok... now Ross has got me craving to shoot some action LOL... anyone know of any good games going on in the area? Outdoor stuff - football would be great! :happy I'll try and dig up a few of my MX shots and post up later... I'm still catching up from vacation :doh lol

10-06-2006, 09:34 AM
I would agree with Trish and Ross on this one... knowing the sport helps tremendously. Whether you are panning or not, you still need to have a very steady hand to get a nice sharp shot that captures the action thats going on. The better you know the sport, the better you are going to be able to predict what is going to happen and be there ready for it.

Another thing that can help a lot is to look at other photographer's work. I get a lot of ideas about how to compose and where to stand to get shots by looking at images that I didn't take. When you are looking at the newspaper, sports magazines, websites, discussion forums, galleries, etc.... you should be evalutating what you like, and don't like. If you are selling pictures to parents of athletes, then you get direct feedback by looking at what sells, and what doesn't.

What sells is shots that capture the moment, and usually that have a nicely exposed and clear face of the player, rider, etc. If you can get two athletes competing in the same shot, then thats usually better still. "The moment", in this case, isn't necessarily action. There are many great shots on the sidelines, in the pits, etc. When the helmet is just pulled off after a race. When the high five is given after a successful contest. When the coach is intensely talking to the players in the huddle. Or even when a player is sitting on the bench lost in a thought.