Raw Challenge #4 – Hiro Aoyama at Valencia

Posted on 14 Nov, 2014 by Scott Jones
Hiroshi Aoyama Aspar Honda Valencia

UPDATE: It’s great that we’ve had so many participants in this experiment. We’ll definitely do it again, but no more submissions, please. And a huge thank you to everyone who responded!

I have added my own version at the end. This is what I did before I posted this article, and thus it has not been influenced by anything sent in by readers. I can’t say, however, that I would do it exactly the same way now, having seen some of the ideas below…

Welcome to Raw Challenge #4.

If you’re not sure what’s going on here, you might take a look at the previous PhotoGP Raw Challenges.

Intended to go along with the other articles in our photography tips section known as Technique, the Raw Challenge invites you to process an image as you think best.

This time we’re working with a track shot of Hiroshi Aoyama on his final MotoGP weekend at Valencia, riding the new Honda RC213VR-S, next season’s customer bike.

I have posted the original raw file for download by anyone who wants to play along. To download the raw file, click on the link below. WARNING: this file is 21MB.


You will need a raw image file editor, I use Adobe Lightroom. If you don’t have the ability to edit a raw file, you can still play along with any app that can edit a JPG file. The hi-res JPG file can be be found here:


As before, download whichever file you desire and get to work. Crop, adjust contrast, brightness, saturation, shadows, highlights, white balance, add noise, remove noise, remove dust spots, do whatever you think the image needs to be as good as you can make it.


1. Download either the raw file or the jpg.

2. Make your edits and SAVE AS a jpg file, 728 pixels wide.

3. Use YOUR NAME as your file’s name. You are welcomed to include a text file with any remarks you’d like me to add when I post your edited file, or you can put them in the Comments section of this post.

4. Send your file to me via this link.

I will add contributed images to this post as quickly as I’m able. But please keep in mind that I am also doing other things, and there may be a delay between uploading your folder and your image showing up here.

As ever, I have finished my own version and will post it as the final image.

Have fun!

Reader Edited Versions:

Reader version #1 comes from Norway, thanks to Kristian Vabø:

#2 was done in Lightroom by Mike Evans:
Hiro Aoyama by Mike Evans

More edited images on the next page:

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  • Mikeevstog 2014-11-14

    Scott is funny you said that about not using Black & White for track shots, I got nominated on facebook for the 5 day B & W challenge and I found myself picking 5 people shots as like you I wouldn’t think to use black and white on my track shots

  • Todd Connaughton 2014-11-15

    I’m the same, so far in B+W challenge I have 4 portraits/ faces. I’m struggling to find a track shot that is as good or better in B+W. You frame for colour and background as well as the subject to work in colour. It’s motorsport photography not architecture, colour is part of the attraction to me. That’s not to say I haven’t liked the photo challenge B+W, I have and almost went that way too.

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