March 8, 2010 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Winter is over and spring break got a lot of bikers down to Florida to celebrate this all with the Bike Week as well as the traditional Daytona Supercross.
Daytona Supercross was always the last resort for good action images, because this one is not ran by the same image restrictive organisation as the rest of the SX races are. Hence, all the real good shooters were looking forward to that race every year and so was I. Daytona was the last real SX left to get ‘THE SHOT’.
This year a mandatory media meeting before the race put an end to that era, pretty much forcing all the amateur photo rules onto photo professionals, which results in having pro photo work look like amateur work.Only a few spots were assigned to shoot from, the rest was off limits and shooters not obeying these will get kicked out and never are allowed to come back. Some photographers had just been in too dangerous places.
While saying all the bad things the great-action-shot-terminator aka, field marshall was looking always at me, and I agree, that he had darn good reasons for that from the past.
I always say we only last for 80-100 years, but a great photo lasts forever! Lets go for it.
All right, that was a joke but the issue is still alive. The organisations do kill the sport with not getting out images which tell the amazing excitement SX and MX does have! Why bother doing to these events if they look boring, right?
Fellow shooter Kinney Jones asked the right questions during that meeting: ” Are these new rules coming from the same people who ruined road racing too?” and almost was asked to leave after that.
True, I understand this is America with lots of starving lawyers and the organisations do to have to protect themselves from a non professional trying to sue them for their own stupidity.
The solution is on the road. You can only legally hit the highway if you have a driver license and proof of insurance. Do the same here, let only pros in with insurance, which real pros do have and let us do our work. If killing ourselves is part of it, so it is. (Makes great action too). It will leave the non pro shooters out of the track and Darwon-eleminate the stupid ones after a few good rounds.
Beside this all, the rules do not make sense nor do they protect the guys who do not know too much about the sport.
See this shot above from Milsaps crashing and almost taking a shooter out, who WAS following the rules and shot from an approved position, but he was not a MX pro, who do know what to look and hear for.
FELD, AMA and whoever is listening: Change these rules and help us show what the sport is really about! No shooters have been killed in 25 years of SX, but how many CNN shooters do? Nobody is holding them back.
That all said we have full coverage of the Daytona Supercross and some highlights of the bike week as samplers on our public server on, or the full shoot of almost 2000 images on our industry- server for you.
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