Jim Clark sits atop his Suzuki VStrom 1000 while at Bill Dragoo’s Adventure Training camp in Lexington, Oklahoma. I have ridden a VSTROM once – those run strong. A bit heavy (what am I saying, I ride a BMW R1200GS Adventure) but very nice bikes and priced right from Suzuki.
This was my first photo shoot with Tommy Bolton, owner of Tombo Racing. I met Tommy at Thunder Valley Raceway during a previous assignment and we decided to feature one of his bikes in Ride Oklahoma Magazine. I met Tommy and his customers “Murder” and “Ratz” – yes, that is their street nickname – in downtown Oklahoma City one evening for this photo shoot. Everything went smoothly and we had fun shooting the photos. Tommy became a good friend later and I always tell him this photo is my “don’t mess with James” photo. If anyone wants to mess with me, I just show them the photo and say “meet my friends Tommy, Murder and Ratz”!
NOTE: Back when I took this shot I was using a Nikon D2x. It had terrible low ISO noise. This shot is at ISO-250 and is full of noise. Thank goodness for the D3!
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.
My job from my customer was to photograph a Hayabusa sport bike with a beautiful girl in a bikini. This is pretty well standard fare in the motorcycle business – guys love girls in bikini’s on bikes. So per the customer request, I shot the beautiful Emily Cochran on this red Hayabusa customized by Tommy Bolton from Tombo Racing. This was the first time I had photographed Emily and was quite pleased.
After getting the requesit shots, I wanted to get a picture that fit my style a bit better. I wanted something more dramatic and in my opinion, more sexy. So I had Emily don a set of racing leathers and pose for this shot. We applied a bit of lotion to her skin and used a spray bottle to mimic persperation.
To give Emily a more dramatic look, I switched out the key softbox on her for a beauty dish placed high overhead, raking down her body and adding some dramatic shadows to the scene. A wind machine helped increase the drama. This look reflected my asthetics much better than the bikini shot. What do you think?