Gerald Emmerich Jr, HonFPSA, GMPSA/B  

Red 10 in the Curve by Gerald Emmerich Jr, HonFPSA, GMPSA/B

October 2020 - Red 10 in the Curve

About the Image(s)

Title: Red 10 in the Curve

I think it’s about time for me to switch from basketball to something else. I was looking through an old external hard drive and found a bunch of “unused” motorcycle photos. So I decided to work on some of them. This photo was taken at the Road America Racetrack in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin quite a while ago “ 2009. Admission is expensive on race day, so I went on “practice” day Friday before the weekend motorcycle races. That’s the only time I’ve been at the track, but, after looking at these photos, I should really go back some time.

I found a nice position at Turn 6, an almost right angle left turn, which follows a long, uphill straightaway. This forces the cyclist to slow down and lean into the turn, with the cyclist’s left knee sometimes touching the track. The edge of the track has yellow and red bricks, so I had good color combinations when red, yellow, or blue cycles went into the turn.

There’s no competition in this image, but do you think it has a chance for acceptance in PJ international exhibitions?

I was using my first digital camera, a Canon 30D, and the lens is the first version of the EF 100-400mm zoom lens at 400mm. The settings were f:5.6, ISO 200, at 1/1600 sec under sunny skies.

5 comments posted

Hans-Werner Griepentrog   Hans-Werner Griepentrog
Hi Gerry, you caught the racer well in curves, the photo is sharp, but I would like a little more space in the direction of the rider For me personally it is too static, I miss some dynamic. It is hard to say if you can achieve an acceptance in exhibitions with this photo.   Posted: 10/01/2020 02:00:26
Gerald Emmerich Jr   Gerald Emmerich Jr
There are distractions in the background to the right of the cycle, so I have a tight crop on the right. I've sent it to a couple exhibitions, but I haven't received report cards yet.   Posted: 10/01/2020 12:01:52

Bruce Benson   Bruce Benson
Gerald, I like the tight crop because it really shows close up action of the rider, and cycle. I do agree with Hans that a little more space on the right and left of the frame would be nice. It is really sharp in the important places and the red cycle really draws you into the image. The way the rider is leaning is interesting as well as is the reflection in the face shield. Would not be surprised to get a good report card on this one. Bruce   Posted: 10/04/2020 15:28:29
Gerald Emmerich Jr   Gerald Emmerich Jr
I have some results from international exhibitions since October 1 -- the image has 3 acceptances in five judgings so far. I've entered the image in one more circuit with three judgings.   Posted: 10/18/2020 12:50:08

Dan Minto   Dan Minto
This is a great capture Gerald, I personally like the tight crop but understand the other's comments about space to go in to.

I would say that for me, however, is that it is over sharpened. I can see some noise in the background that seems highlighted by the sharpening. I'd turn it back a couple of clicks to reduce it.

Otherwise, a great image. I haven't entered in any competitions so can't comment on the Exhibitions side of your question. Good luck!   Posted: 10/18/2020 09:44:21


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