Irvine, CA – Fox Head, Inc. (HDR)

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As a big motocross fan…I saw picture on Instagram of the Fox Headquarters building in Irvine and had to take a short drive to see it. Pretty cool design! I’d like to grab this shot at nite as well. Fox Head, Inc. or simply known as Fox is privately owned action sports and clothing brand founded in 1974. Fox designs, develops and distributes clothing and accessories to over fifty countries primarily focusing on motocross. Inside you can find a store with clothing and MX gear. One more shot from inside the store…

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AMA Supercross – Ryan Villopoto

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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!

Wortham, Texas – Ryan Dungey


From the AMA Motocross race back in 2010 in Wortham, Texas…my favorite rider…Ryan Dungey. The 2012 AMA Motocross season starts this Saturday! I’m super pumped! I will miss the race in Wortham in a few weeks..but will try to get to 1 or 2 this year! Dungey looks to be a favorite to win it this year with a few main guys out due to injury. Good luck Ryan! Hangotown on this Saturday…FUELTV at 4 PM EST!

ADVMX – Finish Line Ahead


Just one more shot from the MX action on Sunday. I was contacted by one of the racers #512 Tye W yesterday. As it is difficult to go thru 2600 pictures so quickly, if you are anyone you know was at the race…contact me and I will gladly search my pics and make a personal gallery like I did today for Tye! As you all know I like to have fun with my pics…HDR, selective color and of course textures…and MX action is true photographic art. The colors of the gear and the action can’t be beat! So why not make it even more artistic! This shot was done with three textures and some masking. Very cool! Hope you enjoyed the race Tye!

Los Angeles, CA – James Stewart

One last Supercorss shot from Dodger Stadium.  The shot above is a wallpaper version of one of my photos.  Although I am a Dungey fan, tough to not give credit to Bubba (James Stewart)…he is the fastest racer these days.  Tough to beat.  He just won Anaheim 2 this past Saturday and leads the Supercorss points in 2011.   I wanted to create a cool wallpaper of JS.  What I did was simple…

1) My Original shot  2) In Photoshop CS5 – selection tool to select JS and the bike…then Inverse…to focus on background   3) CS5 - Filter-Blur-Motion Blur  to background  4) onOne Software Photo Tools 2.6 for sharpening  5) onOne Software Photo Frame (added the circular texture/smoky edge frame)  6) Added the JS Logo

Thats it!   Pretty easy!   Have fun!!

Los Angeles, CA – Supercross at Dodger Stadium

January 22, 2011was the first ever Supercross event at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA.  I was lucky to attend and arrived at 12 PM for practice and was there till about 10:30 PM when the race ended.  What a great day!  My father-in-law and brother-in-law enjoyed their first race ever!  What a race it was at nite!  I took tons of photos.  All from the stands using my 70-200 lens.  During the day I added my teleconverter to get the extra reach and shot most at f/4.  The stadium shot above was during the LCQ…using a fisheye hand held.   A great view of the course!   I still have tons of photos to go thru and will just post them as is.  It would take forever to re-work them.  You can click this link…Supercross and you can see more shots.  It will probably take me another 2 weeks to get the rest up!  My daytime practice shots were the best.  The nite shots using the D300 at 3200 ISO…just ok.  Enjoy!

Pictured above… #20 – Broc Tickle, #1 – Ryan Dungey, #2 – Ryan Villapoto

Austin, Texas – Del Valle Motocross Park

Saturday night was the next race night at Austin’s Del Valle MX Park.  I had been traveling most of the summer and now was home for a bit and had a chance to attend Saturday’s race and photograph it.   I met up with my good friend…Evan Gearing (Evan’s Expo Blog) and we were up for a tough challenge!  The odds were stacked against us photographically - Practice at 6 PM Races start at 7 PM (night shooting?)  and overcast (low light conditions)…whew!   I took about 800 photos and about 200 were good.   I started out on Aperture mode & f/4.  As the light early was not bad, my settings were no problem.  Later on, as it became darker,  it became tougher!  I was trying Manual, different f/stops….but my original  settings seemed to be the best.  As the sun was fading…my shots were falling off like a bug on a zapper!   I took out my Nikon SB 600 flash and hoped I would blind the poor racers!

I played around with it for a while on different settings until finally I was getting the right amount of light.  Any racer that came close to me was a bit bright, but thats ok…it was a learning experience!!   As soon as I got it down….Evan had a great idea to move over to the corner bank that had the sunset in the background.  I had no idea how the shots would look.  After a few snaps…I was hooked!!   Super great call Evan!!  We stayed at this location until it became dark.   Our shots were losing out as darkness fell…the the backgrounds were non existent….a bit too black.  So we packed it up around 8:15 PM.

You can find my gallery of the session here….Talke Photography.  The shot is a bit noisy and a tad off, but still cool!   I’d like to try it again.  I think next time in such conditions…I’ll use the flash 100% of the time.

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 70-200 VR f/2.8 + SB600 Flash
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 110 mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Exposure:   1/60
  • Aperture:  f/2.8
  • Gear:  Hand held
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4

One more bonus shot….

Motocross – Ryan Dungey (Free IPad Screeensaver!)

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!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VR
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 80.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  1/1000
  • Aperture:  f/5.6
  • Gear:  Hand Held
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4,  Silver Efex Pro

Austin, TX – Del Valle Motocross (HDR)

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!

Tale Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VR
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 70.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  1/806 – Single RAW HDR  (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/4.0
  • Gear:  Hand Held
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza