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…
I'm sure dozens of cool first turn shots could be found in nearly every motocross photographer's archives except for mine! Bad timing and bad angles have hindered my ability to capture even one shot worth writing home about, but I'd like to think I finally broke the curse with this shot from the 2016 MXGP of USA at Glen Helen. After two unsuccessful attempts at capturing the images I was hoping for in the first turn I was dead set on getting the shot, and my chance came at the final race of the day. I hiked to the top of Mount St. Helen's in search of a unique angle to shoot from, and just about the time I got ready, the gate dropped for the MXGP class.
The racers stormed for Talledega with Honda's Tim Gajser leading the way as I panicked for a brief second because I had no way of seeing the riders until they were already rounding the first turn. As soon as I saw the 243 Honda, I rattled off a burst of three shots with this one being the first. I think I had a little bit of luck on my side this time, but for my sanity I still managed to capture a cool shot!
Photographer | Casey Davis
Camera | Canon EOS 7D MKII
Lens | Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L
Shutter Speed | 1/2000s
Aperture | f/5
ISO | 500