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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…

This morning as I perused my hard drive in search of a photo for today’s Photo of the Day feature, I happened across a folder of photos that I shot for my good friends at Bill’s Pipes. A few weeks ago, they asked me to help them shoot a photo of a Yamaha YZ250F engine that they were just about to put into a chassis. Dasa Racing is one of the best-kept secrets in racing, as the SoCal hop-up shop produces some of the most powerful [and successful] high-performance engines in motocross and Supercross. Dasa has handled the tuning work for Monster Energy Kawasaki, TwoTwo Motorsports, and plenty more, including a couple predominant powerhouse teams in blue that cannot be mentioned. Anyway, Dasa handled the build on this particular engine and Bill’s Pipes mated it to one of its new full titanium and carbon fiber exhaust systems. Bill’s Pipes is a familiar name from the two-stroke era, and until recently, it has focused on producing strong-performing, yet affordable high-performance exhaust systems for four-strokes, made of stainless steel and aluminum. Bill’s has finally thrown its hat into the chi chi materials ring, it seems, and its RE22 line of titanium/carbon systems is plenty deluxe.

Product photography is oftentimes a boring part of our jobs here at TransWorld Motocross…how exciting can it be shooting a pair of new dirt bike boots on a white backdrop, right? Shooting this engine/exhaust combo was a lot more involved than that, and it required lots of experimentation and a few bad words. The end result, however, was well worth the extra effort and I figured that it would make a different-looking addition to your desktop wallpaper. Enjoy!

Photo Information
Photographer | Donn Maeda
Camera | Canon EOS 1D MKX
Lens | Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 IS USM
Shutter Speed | 1/125th
Aperture | f/11
ISO | 100