Nick Ruxandu  

Glissando by Nick Ruxandu

May 2022 - Glissando

May 2022 - Nick Ruxandu


About the Image(s)

Back in 2016 I spent a Sunday morning near a motocross track armed with 2 of my cameras: a Canon 6D and Canon 7D mark II.

I used 3 different lens, according to the effect I intend to achieve and the spot I was able to stay (not always too good, as the security seemed to dislike the photographers…)

The lenses were a wide angle (Canon 17-40mm, f/4L), a fish eye (Canon 8-15mm, f/4 L) and a telephoto (Sigma 70-200, f/2,8).

This picture was taken with the 7DII and the 70-200 from about 20 yards distance.

It was a very pleasant experience full of colours in a splendid sunny day.

Commercial speaking, for this kind of activity the best pictures are colour, but in this one I wanted to emphasize the dynamic and the effort, without distractions.

10 comments posted

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Very cool! I can almost hear the sound of the motorcycle as it races past. I love the angle of the man and the spray of dirt behind him. Well captured!

The only thing I noticed was a thin area at the bottom of the frame that is slightly brighter than the dirt beyond it. It might be useful to darken this a bit so that it's the same colour as the darker dirt.
  Posted: 05/03/2022 13:37:00
Nick Ruxandu   Nick Ruxandu
Pete, thanks for the comment. At first, I thought to crop a bit the photo, but is one of the planes that give deep to the image. Maybe the burn tool could help in that area to make it less distractive, indeed it's an approach to try.

  Posted: 05/13/2022 17:32:05

Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Nick, this is a great action shot. I wonder what the next frame of two shows? Perhaps you still got the riders face but with a more prevalent "rooster tail"from the side? Also a small nit but I think the number "2" of "Z" could have the highlights reduced. I also like to learn about shutter speeds used to stop the forward movements but capture the "tail" on the back. What was the best shutter speed?   Posted: 05/05/2022 19:23:10
Nick Ruxandu   Nick Ruxandu
Bob, thanks for the comment. I choose this frame also because it was the best "roaster tail" - unfortunately they just wetted the track and these are kids not pro-racers… I agree about that small area but it's pretty much impossible to get a perfect exposure all around while you cover this kind of live event.

  Posted: 05/13/2022 17:32:20

Bunny Laden   Bunny Laden
Hi Nick,
Terrific action shot. I especially like the flying dirt. I don't have any suggestions other than what Pete suggested about the thin area at the bottom.   Posted: 05/07/2022 23:03:51
Nick Ruxandu   Nick Ruxandu
Hi Bunny thanks for the comment.

  Posted: 05/13/2022 17:32:32

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

Super action shot of men on their Bikes, in the dirt, going fast.

I tried a square crop that puts the rider squarely in the frame center...

Emil   Posted: 05/13/2022 15:41:00
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Nick Ruxandu   Nick Ruxandu
Emil, thanks for the comment. Interesting approach, we can't miss the racer and his effort indeed. I choose to keep the wide crop emphasizing all the movement, and this is why I named the image Glissando.

  Posted: 05/13/2022 17:32:45

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Wonderful action shot, Nick, and I do like that you show the path the rider came from; it tells a story how he was rounding a curve. The focus on the details of the course are sharp, giving the viewer a live action feel. My husband and I watch these dirt bike races on tv at night, along with MotoGP motorcycle races, and Rally crashes in Europe. I find these sports to be very exhilarating to watch.

I do like Emil's square crop, and I do like the crop you chose as I see more of the story coming along with the bigger crop. The one thing I am curious about is, is it possible to open the shadows on the right side of frame by the rear tire? I think that is an area of direct action and could add some interest to the foreground area.

Nicely done!
LT   Posted: 05/13/2022 20:57:00
Nick Ruxandu   Nick Ruxandu
LuAnn, thanks for the comment. As the other colleagues proposed, different treatments could be applied to this photograph. I'm not to sure the image will benefit from the setup you suggested because there is little information, so I expect to get rather noise that something useful.

  Posted: 05/14/2022 08:57:15


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