Rotary Park Short Track

Tom Noble sponsored the Eastern Fat Tire/Maine Mountain Biking Association Rotary Park Short Track at Rotary Park in Biddeford, Maine. The race benefits the Biddeford Parks and Recreation department. I got some shots of all three races and some pre-race stuff, too.

Tom Noble sponsored the Eastern Fat Tire/Maine Mountain Biking Association Rotary Park Short Track at Rotary Park in Biddeford, Maine. The race benefits the Biddeford Parks and Recreation department. I got some shots of all three races and some pre-race stuff, too.

I posted most of the pics to MaineToday.com in the Seen section. You can go to the Rotary Park Short Track gallery.

I worked the area in the woods in an attempt to get interesting shots of the riders coming downhill. The downhill brought them to a tight, 90-degree turn where they lost all of their momentum.

Bradford Perley, Rotary Park Short Track by Eric Holsinger

That is Bradford Perley of Kennebunk. In that shot, I was shooting with my Sigma 28-70mm f/2.8 EX ASP lens, trying to get that “magazine cover” type shots with enough space around the rider for some type.

Here is another photo of Jeffrey Dixon of Windham. I was crouched in a pile of brush on a technical section of the track.

Jeffrey Dixon, Rotary Park Short Track by Eric Holsinger

I shot that with my Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 EX DG AF. I had to shoot at ISO 800 to get the shot, but my shutter speed could be lower because the action wasn’t as fast here.

N.E.F.L. Southern Maine Raging Bulls vs North Shore Generals

My first N.E.F.L. game, Southern Maine Raging Bulls vs. North Shore Generals went well, but the photography was only so-so under the stadium lighting with a short telephoto lens.

The N.E.F.L. Southern Maine Raging Bulls played the North Shore Generals at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland, Maine, tonight. The Bulls pulled out a win.

I experienced the frustration of shooting sports under outdoors lighting at night. I was using my Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, which is pretty fast and gives me good quality. But the lights just weren’t bright enough, even at ISO 1600. A monopod may have helped.

N.E.F.L. Southern Maine Raging Bulls vs North Shore Generals

The AI Servo was having trouble tracking the action with such a short telephoto. I really needed, like, a 300mm zoom. Something with image stablilization, too. I could have really used a couple extra f-stops.

N.E.F.L. Southern Maine Raging Bulls vs North Shore Generals

I got some fair photographs from the game tonight. I uploaded them to MaineToday.com at http://seen.mainetoday.com/album.html?alb=858. I think I could have done a lot more with some more light. Maybe earlier in the season, when the sun was up longer. Otherwise, I need a longer lens with image stabilization.

Freestyle Motocross at Oxford Plains Speedway

I shot photos at the Boost/Rockstar Freestyle Motocross competition at Oxford Plains Speedway, including Skydive New England and Vertical Outlaws.

Rock Solid, Freestyle Motocross at Oxford Plains Speedway

I went to Oxford Plains Speedway, in Oxford, Maine, to see the Boost/Rockstar Freestyle Motocross expo which was sponsored by Ken’s Yamaha. I took my camera and shot a lot of photos of people in the crowd for the MaineToday.com Seen blog. I spent a lot of time talking to people and taking their photos. It was a lot of fun and I got to talk to a lot of nice people.

The show was great. It started with Skydive New England making a pretty big entrance by skydiving into the stadium with the Metal Mulisha. The Mulisha opted to land on the grassy infield, while the Skydive NE folks landed right on the paved track. Wow.

Skydive New England at Oxford Plains Speedway Skydive New England at Oxford Plains Speedway The Crowd watches Skydive New England at Oxford Plains Speedway
The guys from Vertical Outlaws, a profesional streetbike freestyle team from Southern Maine, did a cool streetbike demo. From my vantage point, photos were difficult. I had to shoot through the fence around the track and opted to just watch the show.

Vertical Outlaws at Oxford Plains Speedway Vertical Outlaws at Oxford Plains Speedway Vertical Outaws at Oxford Plains Speedway
The Freestyle Motocross was great. The tricks were awesome: Hart Attacks, Lazy Boy’s, Cliff Hangers, Rock Solid, inverted nac nac’s. Just crazy stuff. The step-up competition was a downer. The landing was pretty harsh, so after a bunch of tries, the riders agreed to split the prize money. Not very exciting, but I wouldn’t want to see anyone ruin their career or get an unnecessary injury over $1k.

Jim McNeil Hart Attack, Freestyle Motocross at Oxford Plains Speedway step up competition at Oxford Plains Speedway