Last nite was the first Supercross race of the season! Every year it is held at Anaheim. They typically have 2-3 races year during the season at Anaheim. Race 1 is always the most anticipated! Gates open at 12:30 PM and the event starts at 7:30 PM. We arrived to watch the practice and the races ended at 10:30 PM. A full day of great racing!! I am a big fan of SX/MX. The colors of the bikes/riders added into super sports action is a photographers dream!
I ended up taking 945 photos yesterday! This was my first Supercross event using my new D800. I was eager to see how it would preform during the nite racing. With my old D300…I had no chance of taking any nite photos. Too much noise in the photos. The D800 was awesome!! The photo above was during the main event. We were sitting about 2 rows back form the track. Sweet seats!! The only downfall of the D800…BIG file sizes! 945 photos = 33 GB! Ouch!
This was the first photo I processed….cant wait to see the rest!
Peter Talke Photography Settings:
Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: Nikon 70-200 f/2.8
Setting: Manual Mode
Focal Length: 105 mm
Gear: hand Held
Post Process: Adobe CS6, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6
Kevin Windham made an appearance as well! We miss KDUB!
From a race earlier this season in Anaheim…this is Ryan Villopoto. If you have read Places 2 Explore for a while…you know that I am a big Supercross/Motocross fan. I try to go to at least one race a year. Photography and SX/MX are meant for each other. I’ll give Ran Villopoto his due…not my favorite rider (that’s Dungey) …but he is tough to beat this year. Looks like another SX title in 2013 with only 2 races 2 go. Kudos RV2!
If you have been reading P2E for a while, you know that I am a huge Supercross/Motocross fan. One awesome sport to watch, attend or photograph! Last nite in Anaheim was the season opener for the Monster Enegry Supercross season. I was super pumped as now living in SoCal I can attend Anaheim 1 every year. My father-in-law and I braved the chilly 54 degree nite at Angels Stadium. Yes, that is chilly for us! LOL We had great seats and went early to watch the practice. I brought my 70-200 lens and a teleconverter to get some extra reach. I ended up with 1800+ photos! It was a great nite with some surprises. Above is the first photo I processed. I’ll have more in the future and will try to put an extra kick on them. Ken Roczen is my favorite 250 rider….he finished second last nite in the main event. A nice corner action shot from A1!
Hopefully we all have some great old photos in our family. While visiting my Grandma this past year we looked thru her old pics. My Grandpa was a avid motorcycle racer. Road races, hill climbs and anything moto! My photoshop skills are solid but to rework an old photo…a professional is needed. I sent in 2 pics today to a shop in TN called Antique Photo Repair. This is my scanned in image of my Grandpa from 1929 (with a small attempt to clean it up). Whomever took this shot must have been a great photographer! Super exposure!
When it arrives back…I’ll post the results. In the photos from this period I came across this shot…my Grandpa is in the middle….not sure who the other men are…all that is known is that it is from the 1930′s in upstate New York. Look at the condition of this shot! Also as a photographer the exposure is wonderful!! I can only imagine what camera was used to grab this shot! I’d love to one day study the history of photography. Unfortunately, many of us new photogs have no clue about early day cameras. I am picturing in my mind the box type camera with an accordion type body with a flash stand that goes “poof”! Any one know of any good books to read about camera history??
This past weekend my favorite Motocross rider…Ryan Dungey clinched the AMA Motocross 2010 Championship! Congrats Dungey! He has become the first rookie ever to win the Supercross and Motocross Championship in the same year!! Unreal! This dude can ride a bike! This past weekend in Southwick was Dungey’s 9th straight victory. Talk about domination! In honor of his amazing achievement I would like to offer this photo (IPad screensaver size) to anyone that wants it!! In the comments below just type “MX” and I will email it to you!
I had a little photoshop fun with the shot above…it was a standard action photo…1/1000 exposure. I brought the photo into Photoshop. Used Silver Efex Pro and made it selective color via masking and the next step was “Motion Blur” in the Photoshop drop down menu…masking was needed here as well. Simple and easy! Motion via Post Process!
From a few weeks back at the great Austin Del Valle Motocross Park…here is the start from one of the races that day. I was shooting for a while around the track and almost forgot to catch the starting lineup. I ran up and caught this one just in time….right when the gate fell. This was one of my favorite shots from the day. Tough to beat the one dude popping a wheelie right out of the gates! This shot is another reason why MX in HDR is a great match! Cool indeed!
My MX fandom has been growing. Hoping to get to another race this season. My boy Dungey has won 5 races in a row…hoping to gain the AMA MX Championship.
I see Del Valle has a few races coming up soon….August 14th..and more! I will miss the August 14th race. I have received a few emails from riders recently…I will gladly shoot MX anytime (as long as I am not traveling)…so if you have a practice up at Del Valle, just shoot me an email. If I can make it…I am there! I need the practice as well! Also, thanks to ADVMX for putting a link to my website on their front page! Wonderful! Check their website for an upcoming schedule! If you attend…you will be super pumped!
From a few weeks back in Houston, Texas at Reliant Stadium…my favorite racer Ryan Dungey in selective color! The race over the weekend in Seattle is over and Ryan did not win, but locked up the title! So congrats to Ryan Dungey the 2010 SuperCross Champ!! A few races to go for the year, but Ryan had enough points to secure the Championship. A great sport! …and sweet to photograph!!! Can’t wait to hit another race next year! Hoping in Anaheim! You can check out the SuperCross.com site for schedules and info. Ryan was the first rookie since Jeremy McGrath to win the title…nice! Kudos rook! Go check out a few Motocross mags at your local bookstore…if you like shooting sports…you will enjoy!!!
This past Saturday I brought my wife and little one to our first ever SuperCross event. It was held at Reliant Stadium in Houston, TX. This past year I have become a fan of SuperCross..I watch the events on Speed Channel. A few of the big name guys have been hurt this year…my instant favorite this year has been a racer named Ryan Dungey. A competitive dude and an excellent motorcycle rider! Going into the race he was the point leader for the season. We had great seats….about 11 rows back from the track.
This sport is one I was dying to photograph! If you have read my blog in the past…motocross is perfect for HDR as the riders wear colorful uniforms and helmets…and the dirt is a nice contrast to the riders. A great sport to freeze in time! I had no experience shooting motorcycles, so trial and error was my style in the beginning. I had my teleconverter on at first…but then took it off. I shot in manual as I wanted to control the shutter and aperture. Shots were coming out ok..but were not light enough. I cranked up the ISO to 3200 and magic!!! (the arena was indoors…so it helped big time!). My final settings are below. As I shoot with a Nikon…I had it on Continual mode. I’d say about 35% were blurry. They key was to pan with the action…this gave me sharper pics. Then there was an issue with timing. A fun learning experience!
As for the race…awesome! These guys are talented and crazy!!! I took about 800 photos and still have 99% of them to process! My initial guess was this shot would look sweet in HDR. It is now my current screensaver! Dungey did not win this nite…but finished 5th (his bike stalled out for a bit and cost him a few spots). Thumbs up to SuperCross…I am now officially a fan! Can’t wait to photograph it again!!