Tony Dudley (Tonyd3
) takes brilliant rally car images, among other things, with his Nikon D4
and D3 cameras. Here, he tells us about his life, photography and more about the equipment he uses.
Tony didn't begin by wanting to be a photographer, he fell into it after his career in rallying was cut short: "I got into photography when I was around 22 after being a motorsport competitor in Rallying. I crashed a car heavily on a road rally when I was 21. I couldn't afford to replace the car so someone said why not try photography? And I did. I then started to take motorsport images which eventually lead me to winning ten cameras in magazines since 1985, the last was back in 2009."
Since then, Tony has branched out into more areas of photography, including portraiture: "I do model shoots from time-to-time but still take sports images, plus landscapes too. Why? Well sticking to one type of photography would bore me so I do like to take shots of many subjects."
Tony is an avid Nikon user and his love of Nikon equipment stems back to when he won a Nikon camera in a magazine competition: "I have 3 cameras at present, all Nikon. This dates back to 1994 when I won a Nikon 801s plus a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens in a magazine.
I currently have Nikon D300, D3 and D4
bodies. My lenses include a 14mm f/2.8, 20-35mm that I hardly ever use, a 24-70mm f/2.8, a 60mm macro 85mm f/1.4 and my trusty 200mm f/2 lens.
I also have 6 Nikon flash guns which I enjoy using to change the look of the light in a particular location without making it look unnatural. I've found large, white walls are great for bouncing light off in some locations."
When it comes to his images, Tony finds inspiration from various places: "Inspiration for my images comes from seeing what's in front of me and what's in the background. For me the background is so important to a shoot. If you have a messy background you will never get great shoots, the background has to be right for me before I will even lift the camera to the eye."
Tony continues: "I have a tendency to shoot wide open which when using a lens like the 200mm f/2 or 85mm f/1.4. The technique is often used by pros and very often in the movies to highlight the subject so they stand out."
Taking note from other photographers and learning how they use specific techniques etc. to create there images is something Tony believes all photographers should do: "Learn from others around you and enjoy the successes along the way, maybe they will enjoy your shots too.
Learn from their vision, creativity and skill sets. I see so many good new photographers up and coming, who bring new ideas and creativity to the table.
Lately I've really enjoyed giving something back to the photography community, may be just like those that helped and inspired me when I was younger. It's exciting and I really enjoy the rewards from doing this."
To find out more about Tony and his photography, visit his blog, D3 the lost diary