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Mountain bike photography-Riders making it look easy…

Sometimes when you plan a shoot things do go as planned. In my last post I wrote about and posted photos of when things go wrong. When shooting the photos below everything went as planned and I think I had the easy task of the day. The riders were the ones who had to listen to my ideas, give it a try and usually try it a few more times. Was amazing watching Kristian and Travis ride as they made it all look so easy…
Thank you to the riders and of course my voice activated light stand for the day Chris. Couldn’t do any of it with out you guys!

Tech info-
Camera-Canon 7D
Lenses-Tokina 12-24 and Sigma 70-200
Lights-2 Boling Strobes fired via PocketWizards

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Mountain bike photo shoot-When things dont go as planned

In my years of shooting I’ve had things go wrong. Forgetting batteries, forgetting camera settings, or just missing the shot. But I hadn’t had anything go wrong with my subject until a couple weeks ago. I’ve shot photos of Ben in the past and he is an amazing rider. On this day we started off great and got some good shots…until things didn’t line up for Ben and the sequence below happened. I didn’t have the best view of the whole thing as I was looking through my viewfinder on the camera…but I did get the full audio of it all. It’s a sound that will stick with you for a while. I’m thankful we had a few people with us and were able to help Ben walk out of the area where we were shooting. The end result being a broken wrist, four ribs, four vertebrae and a punctured lung. Ben is healing up and i’m sure ready to get back out there.

 

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The green hills of SoCal-Mountain bike photoshoot

The hills aren’t green in Southern California for very long…Had a chance to get out an shoot a few while it’s still green.

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2016 US Olympic Team Trials – Marathon

Not often you have a chance to watch the Olympic trails and since they were a short way away in downtown L.A I thought I’d head out for a look. Brutally warm for February and it was amazing to watch these athletes power through over 26 miles.

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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.

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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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