Austin Forkner
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In between races, we took some time to browse our hard drives and look at photos taken throughout the year. We'll highlight each shot in a daily post, with the image sized to fit your computer screen or smartphone and described with a small backstory…

We had quite a few epic shots from the Indiana National by photographer Ryne Swanberg, but this one of the rookie Austin Forkner stood out for two reasons: First, Swanny shot it with an 85mm f1.4 lens—which you don’t often see photographers using—and the super-shallow depth of field the lens delivers makes Forkner pop in the foreground with the background nice and compressed. Second, look at the dude’s butt patch! The 17-year-old Missouri native lived up to the hype he entered the season with, and Mitch Payton and the boys gotta be proud of their up-and-coming rider snagging his first professional overall is his first year as a pro. Straight savage indeed.

Photographer | Ryne Swanberg
Camera | Nikon D5
Lens | Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G
Shutter Speed | 1/2000
Aperture | f/1.4
ISO | 80

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