The Lean, Mean Motorbike Racing Photo-shot!
Motorcycle racing is considered to be a nearly extreme sport, despite in vague popularity internationally. That said, the sport is widely regarded as one of the most exotic and interesting sports in the world, largely due the photography ascribed to it. The curves in motorcycle racing and incredibly well defined and photographers flock to capture the curves at the optimal place and time. While a seemingly simple task, due the distance between the spectators and the track at the turns, for obvious safety reasons, equipment standards are very high for this kind of photography.
Location if essential and most pros will be very clear that the process is a bit of a trial and error process. There are so many laps that after preliminary planning, a camera person can have as many as 10 lapse at a specific site. Of course, in the past, that would be a challenge, because the film would have to be developed. But now, camera teams and pros can easily develop their trials digitally and see, right away, if the angle and process is well planned. Of course, making the right adjustment does require time, and 10 laps goes by relatively quick if you are just getting 10 chances, maybe 1 second chances, at each turn, per lap, per rider.
This limited number of chances and time becomes even more daunting if the photographer is sponsored by a single driver. In this case, the pro will simply have the task of taking photos of that one drive, one time a lap, at each turn, for 2 or 3 seconds.
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