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Tiger, tiger

Discussion in 'Racing, Motorsports, and Track Days' at netrider.net.au started by hornet, Sep 1, 2005.

  1. Some of you may have seen this picture in British Performance Bike magazine, but as a bike lover and an ex-professional road-race photographer I was captivated by it. I've also included the sidebar text; explains it all.
    http://home.exetel.com.au/hornethome/Road rage.jpg

  2. I have seen it before, but he's a brave boy, that's for sure.

    Nice long lens used there I think.
  3. Beautiful - and the text is great (especially the comment about the stone pillar!) There is nothing quite like the spendour of road racing. There are great tracks around the world, but photos they produce are very different from the ones you get from road races. I like the track shots that capture corners at impossible lean angles but otherwise I find them a bit static. Contrast them with shots like this http://www.classrides.com/charlie_over_ballaugh.htm or this http://www.norman-williamson.co.uk/MGP76c.JPG

    Of course, you'd be sued if you built a race track with a Ballaugh Bridge or blind, climbing Kirk Michael corner.
  4. Have to agree, Mark. There's an insane splendour about Cadwell Park, or Scarborough, or the North-West 200 track in Ireland. Modern tracks have to be safe, but they have also become antiseptic with it.
    Love the autographed shot of Charlie Williams! And Dugdale sponsorship! How many riders did THEY sponsor and help back then.....?
    From a photographer's point of view, heads-up shots of bikes have to be very good because you see so little of the machine and rider from front on! Camera manufacturers have given us very fast shutter speeds, but they freeze the action too much with bikes; we always used to look for mid-corner, side on shots, using no more than a 500th second shutter, and usually 250th unless the light was really foul. Made for some spectacular shots.