M5 Photography

Back to school…

Whenever I watch my kids doing homework I remember how thankful I am that I’m not in school anymore…”I’m so glad I’m done” I always tell them. Then it seems I’m always learning something new with photography. Currently plugging away at teaching myself Adobe Premier and when I’ve got time after that I’m working on mastering the new features in Lightroom 4.

So I guess I’m sorta in school…but this time I love what I’m learning.

Published on:
March 29, 2012 7:55 pm

Moab Utah…One of my favorite places to ride and photograph

Next month I’m returning to Moab Utah after a two year break. I had visited Moab the previous five years to mountain bike and of course take pictures. Pretty much the perfect combination for me….
I haven’t been out there since I started this blog so I thought I’d share some of my favorite shots from my past trips. As much as I love the riding offered there I always take as much time as I can to get off the bike and shoot photos too.  Now if I could get a sponsor to pay me to get out there and shoot their product…

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This one is actually Colorado..but still part of our trip to Utah


Published….Bike Magazine ad Germany

Full page ad promoting Bike Magazine in Germany.


Images from a day with pro mountain biker Skye Schillhammer and Lush Cinema

I had the chance to shoot stills while Steve from Lush Cinema and pro rider Skye Schillhammer worked on day two of their filming.
Steve’s first edit is below…watch in HD if you can.


Featured on the PocketWizard blog…

I always appreciate some love…this week it came in the form of PocketWizard featuring my latest post about shooting at mid-day and breaking some “rules”

Here is the link to the blog post.




Sometimes noon is the ‘Golden Hour’….a mid day mountain bike shoot

Ah the “golden hour”….that twice a day slice of time where photographers rise extra early or stay out late so they can shoot in that magic light. I’m not writing to say the light isn’t great at those times, but to say sometimes mid day might have to be your golden hour.
Since I rely on other resources for most of my shooting, I try to make best use of what is available. Sometimes the subjects/riders I’m shooting have other things going on in life and they aren’t available…sometimes it’s me who isn’t available. Knowing I’d always rather be out shooting…we get together and do the right things…in this case ride and shoot.
For this shoot we had two riders, one spotter (person who yells “their coming” when I can’t see) and one voice activated light stand. The equipment used for the day was a Canon 7D, single Boling 600 watt strobe, and the PocketWizard MiniTT1 and Flex TT5.

Yes mid day light can be “harsh” and less than ideal but I think it’s better than not shooting at all. Typically I would meter in camera for my exposure, then under expose the shot by one stop. This allows grabbing those blue skys and having the strobe fill in the subjects. I often get asked about what shutter speeds I’m using with the light kit since many still believe I’m limited to 1/250th. I’ve posted before about using the new PocketWizards and being able to shoot at any shutter speed I choose. Love the freedom that provides and its one more thing I don’t have think about.

List of photography “rules” broken for the day:

  • Shot at mid day
  • Shot JPEGs
  • Changed lenses outside
  • Used UV filters on both lenses
  • Used bare bulb flash/no diffuser
  • Used non Canon L lenses (thanks Sigma and Tokina)
  • Didn’t watermark my images before posting

Thanks for the help Travis, Steve, Brian and Kyle!

As always click the image for a larger view.




A day as the B shooter…with Lushcinema and pro rider Lear Miller

This was my first time being at a shoot where it wasn’t something I had put together. Steve from @Lushcinema had arranged a few days of video shooting with pro rider Lear Miller. I asked Steve if he needed any still images from the shoot and he was all for it. Being the “B shooter” was something new and I found myself asking Steve “am I out of your shot?” what felt like a million times throughout the day…making sure he had the angle he needed and there wasn’t a 6’3 me in the background.

We had MAJOR winds to deal with which made for less than ideal conditions for video….not to mention it nearly blowing Lear over a few times. Thanks to Steve for putting the shoot together and to Lear for great riding in horrible conditions.

A quick 30 second video teaser is below.


As always click images for a larger view.

Still image details:
Canon 7D
Tokina 12-24 f/4
Sigma 70-200 f/2.8



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Published on:
January 29, 2012 7:20 pm

Published…Dirt Rag Magazine

Excited to see my friend/rider Travis get inside this month’s Dirt Rag…
Shot with the Canon 7D
Lens Sigma 70-200 f/2.8
Lit with single Boling strobe fired via PocketWizards.

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