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Red Bull X-Fighters

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

 

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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