Houston, TX – SuperCross Event (HDR)

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!!

This shot was also Photo of the day on www.vitalmx.com …link can be found here SuperCross HDR.   Thanks GuyB for the kudos!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 70-200 f/2.8
  • Setting: Manual  Mode
  • Focal Length: 116.0mm
  • ISO: 3200
  • Exposure:  HDR from Single Raw (+2 to -2)  1/1000 sec
  • Aperture:  f/2.8
  • Gear:  Hand held
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza