Biography: Jayson was born in Penola, South Australia and his interest in photography started back in high school with the Pentax K1000. Coming from a disadvantaged background meant that Jayson was unable to buy a camera until he moved to Brisbane and found an old Canon EOS 5000 film camera in a pawn shop. However, due to the ongoing cost of film and development, Jayson had to give up photography and concentrated instead on riding bikes.
After moving back to Adelaide after a bike accident that left him with one kidney, Jayson began web programming and designing. As digital cameras became more affordable, Jayson's love for photography was re-ignited. By chance, he met some motor-sports drivers who sparked his new hobby: motor-sports photography.
Within months, his photographs were being submitted for publication to a local newspaper and since then Jayson has had his work published under a myriad of mastheads in both print and online. Jayson's published work can be seen by clicking here.
More of Jayson's work can be seen on his website, jay019.com.
Equipment:Nikon D90, Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8, Nikon 70-200 f/2.8, Sigma 10-20mm f/4.5, SB600 Speedlights, Cactus V2 Wireless Speedlight Triggers, Hoya HMC CPL filter. Jay uses an Apple iMac and GIMP for post-processing.
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Nigel Petrie scrapes the guardrail at the Oz Drift GP at Baskerville Raceway in Tasmania. This was my first trip down to Tasmania and the track was awesome to shoot at. I definitely want to go back at some stage.
David "Shiny" Browne scrapes the wall at Oran Park Raceway during the 2009 Drift Australia competition. Getting wall scrape shots are a buzz, but getting one from behind is awesome as it's much harder than from in front. It's often too difficult to pan around with the car so you have to wait for it to come into frame and hope you can focus in time.
An exciting aspect of motor sports is the fact that you never know when something crazy is going to happen, like when Daniel Lahiff lifted a front wheel while dropping both rear tyres into the dirt at the G1 competition at Mallala Motorsport Park. Shooting a sequence of shots often helps; if you see it in the viewfinder then you have probably missed the shot.
Capturing a shot of a team drift is all about timing; you never know when the cars will be in unison. Coming onto the main straight at Mallala is Hayden Buckham, Jake Jones and Simon Michelmore. Using a higher shutter speed would have made for a sharper shot, but as I didn't pan the camera, the motion blur from the last car adds a sense of speed that would have been lost if all cars were crisp.
Smooth, creamy motion blur is not the easiest thing to achieve. Using slower shutter speeds opens the door to soft images. But if you don't take the chance then you can't get the difficult shots like this one.
One of the dangers of being a motor-sports photographer is dealing with flying debris from the track. This was taken at Oran Park where the "kitty litter" rocks were the size of 20-cent pieces. Within milliseconds of taking this picture, I spun around and felt a bunch of the rocks hit my back and legs.
As it gets later in the day and the light starts to fade, you have to start using larger apertures, resulting in reduced depth of field. But you can still get some nice shots like this one of the Jaustech R33 Skyline doing a power skid at Mallala in late 2009.
By the time this photo was taken, everyone had put their cameras away, or started using a flash. I opted to keep going, resulting in a darker-looking photo. The headlights make night shots very challenging as it gets very hard to focus. White balance also gets difficult, which led me to start experimenting with setting the Kelvin temperature value manually.
I took this picture on a private roadway. Getting the tail lights through the smoke gave an awesome effect. The reflection of the day's sunset is also a nice touch that thankfully wasn't spoiled by a small burst of flash directed on to the front wheel.
One of my favourite shots from a drift school was this one of an instructor, in a car with a colour that's not usually seen in Australia. Being such a smooth driver helped make this one of the sharper shots I have taken at the track.
This was the first time I had ever seen coloured smoke in person. This car was struggling a bit on the day but I was lucky enough to time my shot just right and got a full frame of the coloured smoke, as well as some of the car.
A friend took me out for a day of 4x4 action in the South Australian outback. We found a huge mud pit and the boys had a blast playing around in it. I think the challenge was to get the mud spray over the roof of the car. Not an easy task, but it was so much fun trying.
This photo was shot at the highest shutter speed I have ever used. I captured this rider halfway through a 360 backflip as he was lining up for his landing. Getting shots in focus with the bright background was difficult, but the results are very rewarding.
This was my first ever attempt at taking photos of birds. I thought it would be easier than taking pics of moving cars, but it is a lot more difficult than it seems. They move quickly and are pretty unpredictable, unless you have some chips at your disposal.
After a friend introduced me to urban exploration I discovered a drain near my house. It wasn't long before I had some ideas of what I could do there. A few coloured LED lights, a pram wheel, tripod and a bit of time all resulted in some interesting photos.