Raw Challenge #10 – A Farewell To Wings
Reader version #7 is from Marco Lanfranchi:
Reader version #8 is from friend and fellow photographer Sébastien Nunes, who says: I like square images and borders didn’t bring anything to the story.
Reader version #9 is from Willem Elgersma.
Reader version #10 is from Raw Challenge regular Melanie Raimbault who adds:
Always love me a good raw challenge from you! This shot just screams « WINGLETS » to everybody i suppose so here you go, i decided to focus it on Dovi’s pretty wings as we won’t see them again.
Reader version #11 is from Raw Challenge regular Petter Reuterholt who says:
I tried to highlight the wing, yet still show the unpainted part of the fairing, due to the much discussed maximum width of the wings in correlation to the fairing.
Reader version #12 is from Brian McEwan:
#13 is from Bill Nuttall:
The Ducati GP16 is no-one’s idea of a beautiful bike, but it does have some interesting details, so I thought I’d concentrate on those. Particularly interesting is the slight difference in vertical position of the two sets of wings, which I would guess is down to a particular track layout.
#14 is from René Vos:
The wings itself are not ugly although on the bike they are! Therefore I left the wings in the photo but skipped the rest of the bike.
Finally, my version in spot #15:
This image suggested itself as a Raw Challenge subject because of a specific detail, noticed by perhaps more participants than the one (Bill Nuttall) who actually commented on this detail – the right side winglet assembly (left side of the photo) is a bit lower than the other. For years I have been wandering back and forth in pit lane and the paddock and hearing mechanics and riders speak about the minute changes they make together on MotoGP bikes that have profound consequences to rider feel, in spite of those changes being, at times, mere millimeter or fractions of degrees in the set up of one component or another. With X degrees of fork rake the bike is unrideable, but when changed to X.5% all handling woes have disappeared and pole position claimed, etc.
So when I noticed the slight difference in how these two winglet assemblies are mounted on Dovi’s Ducati at Sepang, I wondered if this difference was intentional or accidental or indeed, inconsequential. Whatever the explanation, I wanted this photo to tell that story, so I cropped as below:
In order to make the difference visible I decided to crop out the left side winglet and put the area of interest in the top right rule of thirds position. The right side winglet monstrosity represents the implied, mirrored left that is missing in this image, but the viewer knows ( I hope) that it is there, off stage, just as ridiculous as the one he or she is looking at. The paint scheme lines up perfectly, begging the question: Is the paint application the reason that this winglet is lower than its sibling? Or perhaps it’s just that these winglets are not as big a deal as some claim they are, and one being a bit lower than the other doesn’t actually make a whole hell of a lot of difference to the performance of motorcycle – what’s important is that the paint lines match! And then, in the end, perhaps this small difference represented in this photo is symbolic of many other small differences in MotoGP, each of which will, in the end, become yet one more tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. And with that, your idiot of the day signs off, with Raw Challenge #10.
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