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!!