Behind-the-Camera of Photojournalist Nic Coury in Monterey County, California.

August 20, 2012

To Indianapolis and Back.

This past week, I took a work holiday and traveled once again to Indianapolis to cover my second Red Bull Indy Moto Grand Prix.

Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa ran a near-perfect race and it was a bad weekend for American riders with Nicky Hayden not starting after a crash on Saturday and Ben Spies' engine blowing up while he was in the lead on Sunday.

It was fun and I made some images, my favorites which are below.

In a funny and awesome moment, I found a b-roll shot of me shooting a press conference on the website. I had seen the camera guy shooting and I thought I walked in front of his shot, but turns out he wanted me in it...

I also got a chance to meet Jorge Lorenzo and I showed him my photo of his crash at Laguna Seca in 2011 (which he had already seen many times I imagine). He told me it was good, smiled and patted me on the shoulder. He's a nice guy and should regain the world title this season.

Ben Spies wheeling on the back straight.

Pedrosa out of the final corner.

The start of Sunday's race.

Spies on Friday.

Lorenzo on the big screen.

Umbrella girl.

Hayden on Saturday morning.

Italian rider Andrea Dovizioso.

I love how far over Casey Stoner is leaned over in turn 7 here.

Pedrosa leading compatriot Jorge Lorenzo on Sunday.

August 16, 2012

Welcome to Indianapolis.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

I'm on a work holiday this week shooting the Indianapolis Moto Grand Prix. It is the only other United States MotoGP race after the last round at Laguna Seca.

This is my second year after shooting the Indianapolis MotoGP in 2011.

I'm here with my very good friend Andrew Wheeler of AutoMotoPhoto and he is cooking for us all weekend. It's been fun and currently is storming over Indy.

More photos to come this weekend.

(Left to right) Hayden, Stoner, Lorenzo Bradl and Rossi at the pre-race press conference.

Valentino Rossi's crew chief at Ducati Jeremy Burgess.

Yamaha Factory Rider Ben Spies.

Andrew'a meatballs.

Dinner on Wednesday.

August 11, 2012

Published Work From The 2012 US Moto Grand Prix

Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo during Saturday's qualifying practice where he smashed the circuit record twice in the last 5 minutes of the session.

I had some photos from the 2012 Red Bull U.S. Moto Grand Prix at Laguna Seca published around.

Firstly, Cycle World magazine used a few of my AMA photos of Josh Hayes on their website.

Secondly, Specialized Bicycles ran a few photos of Yamaha's Ben Spies for their sponsoring website.

Finally, I wrote a review on a new Nikon doubler lens teleconverter for The Photo Brigade website, which will bring a lot of people to my website.

I'm off to Indianapolis next week for the next round of the MotoGP World Championship...

August 3, 2012

2012 Red Bull U.S. Grand Moto Prix

Yamaha's Ben Spies dives into turn 4 on Friday. Specialized Bicycles bought this photo to use, because they sponsor Spies and he's a big fan of bicycle racing.

Well my favorite weekend of the year has come and gone: the Red Bull U.S. Moto Grand Prix at Laguna Seca in Monterey.

Last year, I made my name known a bit with my crash photo of Jorge Lorenzo.

This year was not as notable, but I was able to network with folks and meet up with a lot of good friends who were in town to shoot the races.

I gave my dad and my brother-in-law a pair of tickets for Saturday to watch qualifying practice. I think they really enjoyed it. I love the sport and it's really cool to watch a guy strapped to bike speeding out of a corner, hitting speeds of nearly 175 mph. It's hard to explain it to people who haven't seen it. The noise, the smell and the sight are something just really cool.

Below are a few of my favorites from the weekend.

I'll be flying out to Indianapolis in a week to cover my second Indy Grand Prix.

Photos to come.

Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo smashed the circuit record during qualifying on Saturday afternoon.

A rear view of the infamous "Corkscrew" at turn 8.

Blake Young (79) beat out Josh Herrin by 2/100th of a second during the AMA Superbike race.

Ducati's Nicky Hayden passes LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl in turn 9 during the GP race on Sunday.

A crash in the AMA Supersport race at turn 3 on Saturday.

Ducati's Valentino Rossi in turn 4 on Friday. I tried to get a little super-wide blur going on here...

Honda's Casey Stoner exiting the "Corkscrew" at turn 8. This is one of my favorite compositions of the weekend.

The AMA Superbike exits the start/finish straight for the first time on Sunday.

Rossi leans into the very banked turn 5. I love this angle with the tire marks.

Toni Elias crashes at turn 2 after riding for the injured Hector Barbera on the Pramac Ducati during the second lap of Sunday's MotoGP race.

AMA Superbike riders careen over turn 1 on Sunday.