Photographing AMA Pro Superbike Racers

Huntley Nash: Feature #2

 

Getting up before dawn has never been a strong virtue of mine, yet any time I have a shoot, I’m up and out the door with coffee in hand.

Such was the morning I wanted to photograph AMA Pro Rider, Huntley Nash, of LTD Racing at Road Atlanta in Braselton, GA. for a iconic environmental portrait at sunrise. Armed with a couple Think Tank Photo cases full of cameras, lenses, lights, umbrellas, softboxes, and lots of backup equipment, I drove with a couple of friends to the track to meet Huntley with his custom Ducati 1199 Panigale.

We ran the gear onto the track and I quickly set to work extending stands, lights, connecting the strobe to the generator, and opening up my Paul C. Buff 86″ parabolic umbrella. That last part didn’t go so well as the big umbrella caught the first small gust of wind and turned inside out, making the silver umbrella completely useless. Bummer. Of course I had brought a couple backups, and grabbed my usual #1 go-to softbox: the Westcott 43 inch Apollo Orb Speedlite. Brilliant. Quickly set up a second light to the side with my Westcott Micro Apollo 2200, and let the sunrise be the back light.

An efficient set up with a few quick light tests took about 5 minutes and we were ready for Huntley to stand in the shot. We only had a few minutes on track and we captured a selective variety of poses with just a couple moments at the end to have Jon Schiereck, the Ducati’s builder and master tech, stand in for a portrait as well.

Credits:
Bodywork stickers by Drippin Wet, support from ANSA Motorsports, Ducati Seattle, Dunlop tires and Chicken Hawk Racing tire warmers.

AMA Pro Rider, Huntley Nash, of LTD Racing at Road Atlanta in Braselton, GA.

AMA Pro Rider, Huntley Nash, of LTD Racing with his Ducati 1199 Panigale at Road Atlanta in Braselton, GA. with the infamous track’s S Curves in the background.

AMA Pro Rider, Huntley Nash, of LTD Racing at Road Atlanta in Braselton, GA.

AMA Pro Rider, Huntley Nash, of LTD Racing with the Ducati 1199 Panigale at Road Atlanta in Braselton, GA.

AMA Pro Rider, Huntley Nash, and his Ducati 1199 Panigale at Road Atlanta in Braselton, GA.

AMA Pro Rider, Huntley Nash, and his Ducati 1199 Panigale at Road Atlanta in Braselton, GA.

AMA Pro Rider, Huntley Nash, and his Ducati 1199 Panigale at Road Atlanta in Braselton, GA.

AMA Pro Rider, Huntley Nash, and his Ducati 1199 Panigale at Road Atlanta in Braselton, GA.

The Ducati 1199 Panigale built by master tech Jon Schiereck sitting on the track in front of the infamous S Curves at Road Atlanta in Braselton, GA.

The Ducati 1199 Panigale built by master tech Jon Schiereck sitting on the track in front of the infamous S Curves at Road Atlanta in Braselton, GA.

The custom Ducati 1199 Panigale built by master tech Jon Schiereck with AMA Pro Rider, Huntley Nash, of LTD Racing at Road Atlanta in Braselton, GA.

The custom Ducati 1199 Panigale built by master tech Jon Schiereck with AMA Pro Rider, Huntley Nash, of LTD Racing at Road Atlanta in Braselton, GA.

S Curves at Road Atlanta, Braselton, GA.

S Curves at Road Atlanta, Braselton, GA.

 

Quick gear note for my fellow photographers: I used my Think Tank Photo Airport AirStream™ Rolling Camera Bag and BlackRapid Kick Women’s Sling Camera Strap RS2SW1S  (Grey) for this shoot.

My post-processing is all done in Lightroom 4 using my own custom recipes made with Totally Rad!’s Lightroom PresetsTotally Rad!’s Replichrome I: Icons, with a final polish in Photoshop CS5 using more custom special sauce with Totally Rad!’s Pro Retouch + TR Action Mix 1 + TR Action Mix 2: The Revenge.

 

MY CAMERA GEAR FOR THIS SHOOT:

Think Tank Photo Airport AirStream™ Rolling Camera Bag

Think Tank Photo Retrospective® 7 (Blue Slate) iPad and Shoulder Bag

BlackRapid Kick Women’s Sling Camera Strap RS2SW1S  (Grey)

Nikon D700 12.1MP FX-Format CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD

Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens

Nikon 85mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

Nikon 16-35mm f/4G ED VR II AF-S IF SWM Nikkor Wide Angle Zoom Lens

POST-PROCESSING SOFTWARE:

Totally Rad!’s Replichrome I: Icons

Totally Rad!’s Pro Retouch + TR Action Mix 1 + TR Action Mix 2: The Revenge