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Monday, November 4, 2013
Under the Lights
A couple months ago I had the opportunity to run under the lights at the Perris Flat Track and its really a different experience from day racing. Since I'm interested in old motorcycles, I've taken to reading old magazines and occasionally find a compelling photograph. This one had elements I like to portray and made good use of photographic effects, like blurred ground and lights. These aren't necessarily visual components, but unique to the camera's eye and I don't use them very often. Here I felt like they were appropriate, helped convey the struggle of controlling the bike and the illusion of speed. The original photo was grainy b&w. I used a very limited palette here, lots of earth tones and ultramarine blue, a touch of red and green with high contrast for the subject help make it snap.