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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...

By now, chances are you’ve been overwhelmed with our overload of content from the Paris Supercross and the all-conquering Marvin Musquin, but bear with me. A little over a decade ago, Garth Milan and I were film camera holdouts and were certain that we’d never convert to digital photography like so many of our cohorts. Of course, there was no resisting the advances in technology and I for one, haven’t touched a roll of film in well over 10 years. Every once in a while, though, it’s fun to mimic the old film camera setting that I used to use – especially at nighttime Supercross events. Digital cameras nowadays have such great low-light capabilities that it is possible to shoot crisp photos without a flash and that – by and large – is the way we capture our Supercross imagery for TransWorld Motocross. ISO settings as high as 10000 are a huge contrast to the 50 ISO slide film that I used to shoot with back in “the old days,” and so are the high nighttime shutter speeds we use to freeze action.

With so many opportunities to shoot the riders at the Paris SX (two sprint races, one Superpole event, and a main, each day), I decided to dust off my flash and play around a bit, and man was it fun! The results yielded by my Canon EOS1D-X are far more beautiful than those my EOS1N film camera used to produce, but the slow shutter speed and rear-curtain flash sync still produce similar results. Personally, I miss the motion blur that these setting produce with the help of a few background lights…

Thanks to Eric Perronard for the hospitality this past week in France; it’s been a trip I’ll remember forever. The Paris Supercross truly is a spectable every hardcore motocross fan should experience at least once in a lifetime.

Photographer | Donn Maeda
Camera | Canon EOS1D-X
Lens | Canon 70-200mm f2.8 Ultrasonic L
Shutter Speed | 1/50
Aperture | f4
ISO | 100
Flash | Canon Speedlite 540EZ Rear Curtain Sync