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If like me you’ve never understood the attraction of being off road but on only two wheels, then spend one afternoon watching a MotoCross race.  The power, the noise, the speed, the mud, the flying and of course the competition (both against yourself and others); all add up to make a fun race and a great sport.  The racers are crazy to say the least.

The last race of the season was yesterday.  Adrenaline posted about MotoCross some time back; and about this race, he posted again last week.  It’s a nicely organised event – and screems in the face of anyone who claims there isn’t much to do in Kuwait.  The hospitality was wonderful, the location convenient, and the atmosphere very relaxed and welcoming.  I will take the family next time.  I had planned to but my daughter, Noor, was very poorly yesterday and is recovering today.

A couple of years ago, I bought a lens that was far too big for me.  I think I used it twice in all that time – making me feel very guilty indeed… I finally grew into it and it was a great feeling to use it… properly.  Below are some of my favourite shots from yesterday’s race.  Larger versions are available of all images on this post – just click the photograph itself.


  1. Hope Noor is feeling better, love the 1st and the 11th photo

    • Jonyboy
    • Posted 29 March 2009 at 12:45 pm
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    Those pictures looks as though its been taken off from a ‘MOTO-CROSS’ magazine.

    Great pictures Bu-Yousef.

    How do you capture such perfect ‘stills’ when the subject is moving very fast?

    (My first question, to the Pro, before becoming a ‘novice’ photographer).

    Secondly…..where, in Kuwait, was it held and when is the next race?

  2. oh no ! I missed it ! saw it on adrenaline’s post last week but then forgot all about it. I was hoping to take some action shot with my new cam. 😦
    next time Inshallah.

  3. sorry to double post, nice pictures Bu Yousef. Now arent you glad you bought a ‘big’ lens ? 😛 could you also mention the lens you used ?

  4. Those are some excellent pictures! Can you tell us which equipment did you use and the lens you used? I love watching motorcross too, it is literally insane!!

  5. That looks like so much fun! Didn’t it make you want to be out on one of the bikes?

    What makes me really really really happy – every person out there is dressed in protective clothing and has a helmut on. Woooo HOOOO. it makes the mother’s heart in me so thankful.

    Hope Noor is back at 100% full speed now.

  6. — Adrenaline
    Thanks. She’s better this afternoon 🙂

    — Jonyboy
    Thanks 🙂
    The simple answer is to read up on the subject (mainly online) and to get good equipment. I struggled for some time with a basic camera and wondered why I couldn’t achieve certain results. Your equipment have to go up in quality as you get better. Good luck.

    — Mathai
    Thanks. Hope to see you there one day.
    It was fun using it – however I should say that my usual lens would have also done a fantastic job. Equipment listed below.

    — Marzouq
    Equipment below. They are a bunch of nutters!

    — intlxpatr
    Very much… They were all well-protected. The track was too open for my liking – but it meant some excellent photography vantage points – so I was pleased. Noor is probably 60% there which is a HUGE improvement from yesterday 🙂 Thank God.

    Nikon D300 camera
    Sigma 50-500mm 1:4-6.3APO DG HSM D (EX) Lens
    Manfrotto monopod (part-time)

    dust cover – or bag (there was a lot of dust)
    sun block (there was a lot of sunburn)

    I rarely carry more than my camera and the fantastic Nikkor 18-200 VR lens. This covers most of my photography needs as it’s a wide range and the VR means I don’t need a tripod. I used the “bigma” lens this time to see what they produce. If there was less dust, I would have swopped halfway to compare.

    Junction of 6th and 50 (heading into Kuwait City) and the entrance is on the slip road. Full map on Adrenaline’s site.

    Bu Yousef U said U used Nikon D300 Camera?
    is it good? or do u recommend something better? ana ma3ref 7ag il ta9weer but i wana get my friend a camera coz eymoot 3al ta9weer bas I have no idea what to get him? which 1 ya3ni??:)
    I was thinking one of those??
    if u can help thanks so much:)

  8. I was there too. It was a gr8 event but as a first timer I was confused and most of the times about what is happening 🙂

  9. — PaLoMiNo
    Yes the D300 is a fantastic camera. If he already has cameras, you should consider getting the same as he can use his collection of lens. It’s a shame to start from scratch. If indeed he is starting from zero, then the decision is even more difficult. It took me 2 months to decide whether to go for a Canon or a Nikon. I chose the Nikon route and I haven’t looked back. The same will probably be said by a Canon user. Sorry I can’t be more definate with my answer. It’s like choosing a laptop – it depends on the use. Horses for courses.

    — Amu
    It was great. I agree with the confusion part – it was my first time too… but inshallah not the last.

  10. Thankss so much for the advice!:)

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