Today I got out to shoot round one of the CMRC Ontario Provincial race series which took place at Gopher Dunes in Courtland, Ontario. I’ve shot there a few times for Nationals and on private shoots but today I was shooting for MXP Magazine. I have been working with their editor, Ryan Gauld, for a few years now slowly developing our relationship. The magazine has always impressed me and I have been trying to get more assignments with them since they ran some images of mine a few seasons ago. In my dealing with Ryan, I always found him to be a straight shooter. He is a person who cares deeply about his sport and is well respected in the community. I knew I had something to offer the mag and this year everything came together. I will admit that I don’t know everything there is to know about motocross, like I do about mountain bikes, but I am just as passionate about photographing it and think I have already found my style. I will be shooting all the Eastern MX Nationals for MXP as well as other feature articles for them as the new Senior Staff Photographer. These photo reports will also be posted on their site as a behind the lens blog and we’ll hopefully get some wallpapers going as well. I have some great ideas and am really looking forward to working with Charles and Ryan.
“Now that I have been in this business for a few years, I am really starting to see what good photography is. I have dealt with every man behind the camera and they are all good but not this good. Check out the photos from Marc Landry and his blog. Thanks for all the help Marc, and props on some great reading material and photos. Marc is the New Senior Photographer at MXP for the summer and will be working with us from Morden, Manitoba on to Montreal. Aren’t we lucky? YES!!!’ – Ryan Gauld, Editor MXP Magazine
A few weeks ago I was asked to come shoot the next cover for MXP at Gopher dunes. The cover and feature story were going to be about 2010 Montreal SX winner and KTM Canada rider Kaven Benoit. It was a great day and Gauldy and I had a wicked time shooting the cover. I also took the opportunity to get a few action shots of Kaven and teammate Kyle Keast. They’re both super nice guys and phenomenal riders. It was one of the first nice days of the year and the light was decent. The haze never quite burnt off so we weren’t able to get any bluebird jump shots. The guys did an amazing job with this issue and I am proud to have my shot grace the cover. Here are a few photos from the shoot and the cover. The image of Kyle Keast was also selected for the 2011 CMRC poster. Thanks guys! There are some other great photos in this issue so be sure to grab a copy!
Today’s weather wasn’t quite so pleasant. I had been back and forth texting Gauldy and up until this morning, all was clear. It had been pouring all day in Toronto and still was at 5:30am when I started to make my way to the track. Things seemed ok until I started South on HWY59, then the skies opened up. It wasn’t too bad for the first part of the day but eventually got to the point where focus was impossible. I was shooting with my 400mm f/2.8 and used both of the carbon fiber lens hoods to help keep the lens surface dry. I used my Think Tank Hydrophobia 70-200 which actually covered the 400mm very nicely. Here is a nice shot by Randy Wiebe of me in action trackside. Thanks Randy!
The winds were howling as well which limited myself and the other photographers to shoot in one direction. I think we all made the mistake of facing the rain at one point in time though. The light was bright enough to expose the riders evenly but was very flat. I recently got a pair of Elinchrom Ranger Speed AS packs that I was planning on trying out today. I think that even with their weatherproofing and weighting down the stands I would have been asking for trouble. That and the rain was just too heavy – I would have had specular highlights from the light bouncing off all the little rain drops. I decided to shoot tight and really focus on getting a nice exposure against a clean background. The one nice thing about rain is it really makes the surrounding forest look nice and lush. Considering the conditions, I am stoked on the shots. Was nice to chat with Sean, Randy and Greg who were also out there braving the elements to get the shots. Here are a few of my favs from the race.
Big thanks to Gauldy and Charles at MXP, CMRC, Gopher Dunes and all the racers who came out despite the downpour. Looking forward to seeing you all at the races this summer.
Also like to thank Gauldy, Andy White, Kaven and Kyle for the great day shooting the cover.