I love doing portraits of people. It is always a challenge to capture a picture that really tells who that person is. My job for this story was to tell the story of Geoffrey Wooldridge, an up and coming motocross racer from Broken Arrow. I traveled to Tulsa to photograph him at practice at a busy motocross track. I had to dodge bikes flying around like crazy, and deal with a really boring, cluttered background. I shot the portrait right at sunset using an off-camera SB-800 on a portable light stand. For the action shot I used two SB-800’s to cross light the photo. Dust is always a problem at dirt bike events, so I had two cameras, each with a lens, and did not swap lenses at all during the shoot for fear of a dust-filled sensor. I also wrote the story for this article.
About James Pratt
I am an Oklahoma based writer, commercial photographer, editorial photographer and adventurer based in Oklahoma City. I love telling stories about people. A motorcycle is my preferred means of travel, and I have over 5,000 hours piloting small airplanes. My editorial photography has been published in hundreds of magazines and my commercial photography has been used by dozens of companies worldwide.