As a photographer…it is tough not to take on the challenge of shooting sports. Especially as I enjoy most all sports. With the recent purchase of the Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VR lens….I shoot my daughter’s soccer games just about every weekend. So skills have been growing. I have shot high school football, high school baseball and a Supercross event. I wanted to try outdoor motocross. I just happened to google local MX (Motocross) parks in the area…maybe I could go shoot a practice? I found the Del Valle MX Park. It is only minutes from the Austin airport.
I checked and this Sunday (23rd) was a PONCA qualifier. So race day at the track! Practice started at 8 AM and racing was at 9 AM. I arrived at 8:15ish and practice was underway. What a great track! The big bikes were out practicing and I started taking a bunch of pics. I was shooting raw (most sports should be in Jpeg)..as I wanted to convert my shots into HDR.
Now as I mentioned before, HDR sports shots most of the time should be a single RAW image converted. Any movement will create a blur. MX would be a mess! I stayed until 11:30 AM and grabbed about 700 photos. I am in midst of processing my shots…I want most to be in HDR….you can see my gallery here…Talke Photography. I have 20+ photos up now…by weeks end…hoping to have about 30+ MX HDR’s from Del Valle. I will not come close to HDR’ing all shots, but if you were at the race and were a racer, Mom or Dad that talked to me during the race…email me and I can check if I have your son or daughter’s shot in my files. I would be glad to make them into a MX HDR!!
I enjoy shooting Motocross! I am becoming a big fan. I will be at the Wortham, TX AMA MX race on June 5th. Hope to grab some cool shots there as well!! HDR & MX = sweet!!!! Also, another race at Del Valle Motocross Park on June 12th!! See you there!
Talke Photography Settings:
- Camera: Nikon D300
- Lens: Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VR
- Setting: Aperture Mode
- Focal Length: 200.0mm
- ISO: 200
- Exposure: 1/641 – Single RAW HDR (+2 to -2)
- Aperture: f/4.0
- Gear: Hand Held
- Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza