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A man and his motorcycle

It’s always fun to shoot something that someone else is passionate about. I’ve loved everything on two wheels since I was a kid and when I found out my friend Bruce was putting together a sort of “frankenbike” I knew we had to get together for some photos. I also asked Bruce to write a little bit to give me some background on what got him started on this project and what he enjoys about it.

Tech details:
Camera-Canon 7D
Lenses used-Canon 24-70 f/4, Tokina 12-24 f/4
Lights-Boling light kit, Canon 580 flash Triggered via PocketWizards

At my house growing up there was a steady stream of old cars being restored. Usually MG’s or some other British car. From time to time I would work with my Dad in the garage overhauling the motor or bleeding the brakes etc. Most of the projects would never be totally completed but in a continual state of restoration. I remember thinking it was cool to see something go through the process on its way to a return to its former glory. My Dad never wanted to customize any of his projects because in his eyes stock was the way to go. The way the vehicle was intended to be.

Fast forward 25 years and I have a family of my own. Along the way I picked up a love for Mountain biking and Motocross bikes. All the while a love for classic cars and any old thing made new again was brewing. One day I stumbled upon a website called bikeexif.com . Something clicked. These machines were incredible. There are no RULES when it comes to building Scrambler, Brat, Bobber, Chopper or Cafe designs. I could do anything I wanted. Stock seemed boring. I decided I was going to get an old clunker and make myself a scrambler. Keep in mind I did not really know what I was doing but I was willing to dive in. So I did. I found a licensed 1984 Yamaha XT600 for $800 on Craiglist and made the purchase. My first street bike. It needed a lot of work and still does. It has been a blast making it my own.

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When people steal your photos and sell them on @amazon.com

I’ve been down this road before where someone takes one of my images as their own and does what they want with it. I’ve blogged on this in the past (Part 1 Part 2 and Part 3) So I guess this is part four. This one stings a bit more as it’s currently being sold on Amazon.com and Amazon isn’t willing to assist at this point.
Yeah I’ve reached out to the thief..errr..”seller” on this. Should be interesting.

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Mountain bike photography-Southern California

One of the up sides of living in SoCal is the great weather and I can pretty much plan a photo shoot for any weekend. It really comes down to getting everyone together on the same day to make it happen. I was lucky enough to have two great riders (Travis and Ben) and one sherpa aka voice activated tri pod (Charles) for this shoot.

Tech details:
Canon 7D w/Tokina 12-24 f/4 lens

Lights-Single Boling 600 watt triggered via PocketWizards

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Indoors for a change…

I’ve taken photos of Travis for a number of years now and we’re always in the hills somewhere with me behind the camera and him doing something awesome on his bike. Travis recently rebuilt his downhill bike and asked me for a photo of it before it got beat up.

I don’t shoot indoors too often but thought it would be the best thing for shooting the bike all by itself.

A huge thanks to my friend Charles for letting me use his studio gear.

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November 6, 2015 7:30 pm
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California Fall Colors

The term “Fall Colors” didn’t mean much to me growing up in Southern California…really because I thought only the east coast people got to enjoy them. Come to find out we’ve got a little bit of it going on in California too. These were taken in the Mammoth Lakes area.

Camera: Canon 7D
Lens: Tokina 12-24 f/4

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October 15, 2015 8:57 pm
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Want to learn all the options on your camera? Go shoot BMX

It’s been a while…err…years since I’ve ventured out to the BMX track to shoot. You could say I felt a bit out of place. While I used to be a staple at Sycamore BMX, I felt like a stranger. And I’ll admit some of the camera settings I used to set without looking were hard to remember. One of the many challenges of shooting sports is coming up with ways to show the action. Meaning I could just crank up the shutter speed and freeze the riders mid air(which I did of course), or I could try a few things to show the actual movement and speed. I was only out there for about an hour but that gave me enough time to shoot at some very slow shutter speeds, try panning and even get the flash out to attempt some 2nd curtain sync.

Not everything was a success, but came home with a few keepers. Any interest in more 2nd curtain sync shots, I’ve posted more about that technique in the past here.

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August 11, 2015 8:29 pm
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California’s Central Coast

Had the chance to spend a few days along California’s Central Coast. While many people find the pace of life here a bit too slow, I’d be thrilled to spend many more days exploring all it has to offer. We based our selves out of the small town of Cambria which I quickly fell in love with. Hoping to go back next year…

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A few stops in Washington…

 

Last year it was a trip to Glacier National Park last year…This year it was a few days on the road in Washington state via temp home base in Idaho. I’m guessing I could spend a lifetime there taking photos and exploring all it has to offer. Below are a few photos from Mount Rainier and surrounding areas.

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June 30, 2015 3:16 pm
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Featured on the PocketWizard blog…

PocketWizard was kind enough to feature one of my shoots and the story behind it on their blog. You can read the full post by clicking here.

 

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Dealing with things out of your control…Mountain bike photo shoot.

With a free Friday night and an itch to shoot and ride, I sent out a couple texts looking for riders to come along. Daylight savings was in effect and I assumed we would have 3 hours or so after work if we got busy right away.  As the time to shoot and ride crept closer the clouds increased. I had counted on it being sunny and as often happens…plans change. There are many things photographers can be in control of…we cannot do anything about the weather. In this case you deal with a smaller window of time to shoot.

In this case that smaller window of time led to some limitations on locations to choose from…we would shoot and then rush to our next spot….I could not have done that with out being mobile and having one of the riders become the human light stand while the other rode his bike.  With the clouds increasing and sun setting…I was continually changing settings on the fly….I often get asked if I feel limited or challenged shooting flash since I have to stick to 1/250th sync speed. No….ever since switching to the newer PocketWizards it’s never been an issue. HyperSync has been a game changer in the way I shoot allowing me to pretty much shoot and fire my strobes at any shutter speed. Again having someone hold the strobe and have them move when I do allows for super quick location changes. So far these images have been some of my most popular on social media and one ran as a two page spread in a mountain bike magazine. So much for planning!

Technical info:
Canon 7D with Tokina 12-24 f/4 and Sigma 70-200 f/2.8
Strobe info:
Strobe-Single Boling 600 watt strobe
Fired via PocketWizards MiniTT1 and FlexTT5

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August 27, 2014 12:29 pm
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