One of my first sports photographs I ever had framed was this image of a motocross racer. This images was taken at the Las vegas World Mini at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This was a very cool race to cover and because it was in my own backyard made it even better. It was also better because I was able to sleep in my own bed every night, where most guy are sleeping in there trailer or a hotel room. I think that is why i had so much fun being there all day, several days in a row. This is a cool panning shot, and what I like best about it is the FMF tuff block is the same color as the yellow Suzuki motorcycle.
I have also covered a few SuperCross events and a couple of EnduroCross races as well. What I like best about those races, is the pro racers have the best gear and are always on the mark, this makes photographing them much easier than an amateur race for two simple reasons. 1st they always look good because they have new gear and 2nd because they are predictable. The fastest way around the track is always in the same place lap after lap. With the exception of a few, you know where they will be almost every lap, so setting up for the shot is almost like clockwork.
When I was a much younger guy I rode 3-4 days a week. I was never the fastest guy, but I love riding just the same. I have a buddy that is great at everything he does, flying planes, motocross, photography and best of all parenting. It is really cool to watch him go out and shred on a young fast guy who thinks he’s the fastest guy around. He talked me into buying a new bike back in 1999, I bought a brand new KX125 and we went riding. I had no idea how good he was until we went out that first time, I wanted to show him how good I was and nearly killed myself. I went into a washed out ditch and nearly ruined my 2hr old bike. Luckily with the new technology of modern motorcycles I didn’t hurt anything (except my pride).
If you are going to do any Motocross or SuperCross photography, remember two things, always keep your wits about you and your peripheral vision on high alert. I have almost been hit several times and luckily I was paying close attention to my surroundings and got out of the way.
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