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    • Please show us your best Action photos of the week: two wheels, four wheels, and self-powered activities. 

      How hard was it to capture the perfect moment? 

      Were there multiple takes?

      What gear and camera settings did you use?

      The story behind a photo deserves to be shared. The photo with most comments and reactions will be featured as a cover in next week's Saturday Action Photography Challenge.

      Here is my Action entry: Can I get a lift?

      During an epic multi-day photoshoot of a Ducati 1260 Adventure Bike with @Chris and @kevin, we had to improvise and compromise to get the shot. That meant doing things we normally wouldn't, like hopping on the back of the bike with expensive camera gear. What could go wrong?

      Editing: Lightroom adjustments of color balance, contrast and added vignetting.

      Camera: Sony A7s

      Lens: FE 35 f1.4

      Settings: f1.4, 1/8000, ISO 50

    • The Burt Munro Challenge is/was the biggest event in NZ Motorcycling. It's the Kiwi version of Speed Week but with regularly dodgey weather.

      Hosted by the Southland Bike Club in Invercargill to pay Homage to the city's favourite media son.

      Races are held over a 5-Day Festival and feature a Hill Climb, Long Track, Speedway, Beach Racing and Street Racing at nearby Wyndham - and thousands of riders in Party mode in a pretty remote part of the world.

      I was sent to cover the event 5 times. This is from 2010.

      'For the Win'

      Is one of my favourite images from those trips and a reminder of the joy of a press pass. The Stadium was absolutely packed and I had 'The Lanyard'.

      I like the way the flag frames the bikes and the luck of the perfect timing - this was pre killer burst speeds.

      The 'yessss' from the passenger was more poignant because he had fallen off in the previous heat and had cost them a podium.

      Camera was a Nikon D90 and kit zoom lens.

      1/6000 F5.6 ISO 400. Slightly cropped for balance.

    • I took this photo in 2005 at Kells Road Races. This was taken on the last lap of the superbike race.

      On the previous race, a bike had spilt oil on the inside line. Guy Martin, in the black helmet, had led the race and at this last corner, Ryan Farquar, 77, went for the inside line and outbraked him to win the race. The dust in the photo is from Farquar braking on the sand used to cover the oil spill You can see how hard they are braking by how compressed the front forks are.

      The circuit is 2.2 miles on closed public roads and is exhilarating to watch.

      Canon 20d, 180mm, f11, 1/250. I'm sure I butchered it in Photoshop but can't remember how :)

    • Does a photo of me (instead of a photo taken by me) count? My friend took this photo of me in 2017 at Padang Pasir Klebang, in Malacca. Used my Nexus 6P, and though I can't remember how many attempts it took, I'm sure it took a few.

    • One more - from this week too. Photoshoot for Heavy Duty on this custom Road King.

      I asked the shop if they'd supply a driver and let me shoot from their van.

      The image stabilisation from the Z6 is really good. This is hand held out of a van doing 60kph.

      Nikor 28-300mm F/3.5-5.6 lens at 28mm, 1/25th F18 ISO 100.

      Tweaked a bit in photoshop. Removed a couple of posts.

      But 1/25.

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      My buddy Phil called and told me he'd been given a 'hall pass' for his 40th birthday. He lives in Montana and was willing to put his bike in the back of his truck and drive anywhere in the country for a good week of riding.

      This shot is taken at the top of Corkscrew Pass just outside Ouray Colorado, this afternoon we rode Corkscrew, Hurricane, California, Cinnamon, Engineer and Red Mountain.

      Over the next few days, I took him around the four corners area and we also rode the White Rim Trail in Moab (second shot), I wanted to make it a birthday to remember

      a6300, 55.0 mm, f/5.6Exposure, 1/640, ISO100

      a6300, 92.0 mm, f/7.1. 1/320, ISO100

    • Choosing the right motorcycle, but more importantly learning the skill for the occasion, can help avoid getting into a struggle, as seen here in one off road riding school student's experience he's about to have, trying to climb up a steep rutted slope with a fully loaded GS1200, somewhere near Death Valley, CA.

      CameraCanon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XSi
      LensCanon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
      Focal Length23.0 mm (37.2 mm in 35mm)
      Exposure Time0.005s (1/200)

      I had a lot of fun there and learned some good riding tricks. Sorry for not posting all shooting numbers, I basically had the Canon on auto 😉