In case you didn't know, I love to photograph any type of machine. Typically when you think of a machine, you think of heavy equipment, but for this blog I want to highlight one of the greatest machines out there. . . a dirt bike. They can be enjoyed by anyone at any skill level and have the capability to take you to places you've only dreamed about. You can mosey on down a gravel road or push yourself to the limit on a track. You can hear the power of its engine as it races by you and causes the ground to vibrate from its raw power. Dirt bikes are a thrilling machine, and I would have to say I am quite the fan.
This leads me to this past weekend. I spent it with a wonderful group of people who go riding just about every chance they get. They attended a hare scramble race hosted by OXCR. Luckily, my brother was a part of this group and invited me to tag along. I brought my camera with me and enjoyed the day shooting dirt bikes as they blasted past me. I ended up covered in dust, but it was worth it! Now I would like to share it with you all!
Here is a KTM 300 and the rider is my brother! I was next to the track waiting for him to come by, and when I saw him from the distance I ran to this spot. I didn't stay there because of all the loose dirt that would fly up after each rider ran through this turn. I got pretty dirty, but hey, who can complain? I got this picture!
This part of the track was a straight stretch allowing the riders a moment to show some style. This guy in particular chose to pop a wheelie, and I think it was a nice choice! I was able to be right on the track the whole race, and could really feel the power from the bikes as they all raced past me. (It made me hold onto my camera extra tight!)
I love how the dust completely worked with me, and ended up isolating the subject. It made for a dramatic shot. This rider just started a year ago and already has great form! He was a part of a father son duo that day. It is amazing how so many people of different ages can enjoy and participate in this sport.
I took this picture at the very beginning of the race, and got it thanks to his vivid gear and bike combo! It made it easy for me to spot him despite the chaos of dirt bikes and dust that was happening.
Here is the father to the father son duo that day. They both did a great job and gave me the opportunity to take some great pictures!
In a hare scramble, endurance is a key factor in the race. This was taken towards the end of the two hours of pure riding, and you can see he was still going hard and keeping to his pace.
Now here are some photos for the Honda lovers!
This rider was particularly excited that day about getting some pictures, and his good attitude was infectious! He worked with me and was popping wheelies and showing off his riding style.
It was such a joy to work with people who enjoy photography as much as I do! Despite being covered in dust, I found it very refreshing to take pictures just for the fun of it, and their attitude towards receiving the pictures reminded me of why I do what I do. Photographing people who love what they do or are doing always creates wonderful images, and in my opinion you can tell. The enjoyable part of photography for me is to make people happy with a picture I took for them or of them. Overall it was a rewarding weekend for me, and something tells me that you will be seeing more of these riders on this blog of mine!