Photographing Men of MotoAmerica 2015

Huntley Nash: Feature #3

 

As with any superbike before it’s debut race, testing the custom Ducati 1199 Panigale built by race bike technician Jon Schiereck at Road Atlanta in Braselton, GA., gave AMA Pro Rider, Huntley Nash of LTD Racing some down time and me the opportunity to capture some classic, iconic portraits inside the pit.

For this photography setup, I used the “K.I.S.S.” rule. No, not the heavy metal band, and no, not how a girl seals love notes to her crush in junior high. I’m talking about “Keep It Simple Stupid”. As photographers we get a little too caught up with gear and forget to go back to our basics to capture pure portraits with truthiness. So I used two black velvet curtains re-purposed as an “L” corner backdrop (one side attached to LTD’s trailer, the other side attached to the tent poles) with “A” Clamps from Home Depot. My Nikon 85mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens with Nikon D700 and natural light spilling into the tent form the asphalt.

The result was incredible portraits of a talented athlete, handsome man, son, brother, and friend.

Huntley Nash at Road Atlanta, GA, April 5th, 2015

AMA Pro Rider, Huntley Nash, of LTD Racing. © LaRae Lobdell

 

Huntley Nash at Road Atlanta, GA, April 5th, 2015

AMA Pro Rider, Huntley Nash, of LTD Racing. © LaRae Lobdell

 

Huntley Nash at Road Atlanta, GA, April 5th, 2015

AMA Pro Rider, Huntley Nash, of LTD Racing. © LaRae Lobdell

 

Huntley Nash at Road Atlanta, GA, April 5th, 2015

AMA Pro Rider, Huntley Nash, of LTD Racing. © LaRae Lobdell

 

 

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Quick gear note for my fellow photographers: I used my gear straight out of 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

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

POST-PROCESSING SOFTWARE: