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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


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Published….Bike Magazine ad Germany

Full page ad promoting Bike Magazine in Germany.

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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.
 

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Man down..site down..It was one of those weeks

Sorry to geek out this week (there is a tad bit of photo talk in here too) but here goes anyway….In a week where life is imitating my art, I’ve found myself in a similar situation as my website. Down…sick…not having it…broken. With me it seemed to be some sort of hybrid flu head cold one two punch…With my website it was a 500 Internal Server error…So direct and bold sounding…yet not so helpful. A quick check of some other items on my site showed that my host was still hosting and I couldn’t blame them. I had to look inward…what did I change recently that would make my site go down? Nothing! It had been days since I’d made any changes. After a few conversations with people smarter than myself (insert your own easy punch line here) I was told that Word Press Plug Ins are often the culprit of such issues and I should disable them one by one. Nothing better than a solution to your problem….right? Well I couldn’t get to my admin area of the website. So disabling each plug in wasn’t a quick solution.

The fix turned out to be renaming my Plug In folder to something else. In this case I FTP’d to my site and renamed the folder to _old. I tested the site and the site was back! Now I could get back to the admin page and turn off/on Plug Ins one by one. Don’t forget to rename the folder once you are back into your admin page.

As for me being down? I ignored the initial signs my body was throwing at me and shot with Steve from @lushcinema and rider Skye Schillhammer (yes a killer name for a bike rider) for most of the day Saturday. The next 48 hours or so were spent doing a whole lot of nothing…beyond watching TV and sleeping like a cat.

Look for a post featuring my shots and Steve’s video soon.

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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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@m5photography….I’m now on Twitter

Another spot to follow or communicate with me if you choose……

https://twitter.com/#!/m5photography

 

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January 29, 2012 7:20 pm
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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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Lens protection worth looking into…BETA Shell

BETA Shell is new to me, in fact so new I don’t own any yet. After poking around their website and watching  a demo video I’m confident that I will. Photographers spend so much time picking the right lens and spend their hard earned cash purchasing one…then if you are like me you toss them in your camera bag. I try to take good care of my lenses and I’ve always wished for a bit more in the way of protecting them. Touted as “BOMB proof” and sold as water proof I’m looking forward to getting my hands on a BETA shell case. They seem like a great place to have your lenses when you are at an event like the Red bull Rampage or shooting near water.

You can take a look at the cases here.

If you are already a user I’d be interested in hearing your feedback.

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January 21, 2012 7:40 pm
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