On your evening commute to Seeb, you might not realize it, but just off the Sultan Qaboos Highway, very near the offices where we deal with our licenses and car registrations, is the Oman Automobile Association, a little oasis for Muscat's motor sport enthusiasts. I was there a couple nights ago making some photos of 8 year-old motocross rider, Kasper, and his 14 year old brother, Simen.
We wanted to focus on action shots and finish off with a couple portraits and the setting sun was going to make a really nice backdrop. With the help of Kasper's dad, we scouted out a jump that would allow me to put the sun right behind them. I set up a light with a 7" reflector just off to the side and that seemed to fill in the shadows nicely.
When we had just about lost our sun, we moved over to a new location with a slightly different look, but we only had about 10 minutes to make it work before we lost our light completely. Our portraits were done pretty much in the dark.
Kasper is a nice kid, but I like the portraits we came up with because they show a different side of him. He started off smiling, but in the end, I think the serious look works best. It goes well with the sweat and dirt and shows the rugged side of the sport.
I'm happy with the images I got and his parents are thrilled as well, so let's call this a successful day.