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Red Bull X-Fighters

This photo appeared in The Guardian Newspaper, as part of their Photography Week.


John Ashby, 23, barman, Stafford "I took this at the Download festival, an alternative music event at Donington Park. The Red Bull X-Fighters were doing stunts over large ramps. I managed to get behind a large group of people and poke my lens over their shoulders. It was then a case of waiting for a stunt rider to come into view, and I was lucky enough to press the shutter at the right time. I was using a Nikon D70 camera with a 18-70mm lens."


Tom's verdict: This is a unique shot. The action is strong, the timing perfect, and the framing of the rider spot on. I also like the angle at which it's taken, and the fact that we don't know how high the rider is - he could be six feet or 60 feet. The tent spires add to the picture, too. They supply some context, but not much, and give it a circus-act feel. My only criticism would be that there's a bit too much sky.


(Tom = award-winning Guardian sport expert Tom Jenkins)

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Taken on June 9, 2007