I’ve been riding past a certain spot for a number of years now and each time I rode past it I took a photo. It was always a mental photo…just banking it in my mind to remind me that I wanted to go back and shoot there. I think one of the important things in photography is shooting personal projects. My only goal with going out shooting this day was to clear out that mental photo and make it a real one. I only had about two hours to use…but knew that should be enough to get this shot done. If we had left over time, which we did, I had another shot I wanted to check off my list.
The shot below with the palm tree is the spot I’d been riding by for years and it felt good to finally get it done. I’m naming the shot SoCal when I post it to Flickr/500px as it sort of sums up parts of Southern California…Palm trees and graffiti.
The second/third shots are just something I’ve tried before with minor success. Really wanting the rider to throw a ton of dirt towards the camera. We’ve done it a number of time on motorcycles…but I wanted to get a good mountain bike one. Yeah I took a few rocks to the face on that one…
Canon 7D with Tokina 12-24 f/4 lens.
Light kit: Boling 2 x 300 watt
Lights fired via PocketWizards FlexTT5 and Mini TT1…. held by the always helpful voice activated light stand Kyle D. (Thanks again Kyle)
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Pinkbike is one of the largest (maybe the largest..dont have the stats) mountain bike websites. Stoked I got their photo of the day for today.
After returning from a place like Moab Utah sorting through your images can be a daunting task. Seems for me one day I like a certain few… then the next time I look my eye drifts toward another group of shots. I figured for the sake of my sanity while blogging I would break the trip down by days. So here are some of my current favorite shots from our first day of riding.
Along with me for the ride was my Canon 7D and the Tokina 12-24 f/4 lens. With 100 ounces of water, bike stuff, food and camera gear my Camelbak was …well…HEAVY. Some of the challenges when shooting were trying to eye locations while keeping focused on actually riding and having fun doing it. Mid day sun can be a challenge but in this case I didn’t have much choice in choosing the time of day to shoot.
The trail is Porcupine Rim and it’s a must do if you visit Moab. Oh and pay the $20 for a shuttle ride to the top!
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This week I hit the two year mark since I first started to blog…It’s been an interesting process and I think it has been worth the effort. I will admit that I’m less likely to post smaller updates now that I’m on Twitter (@m5photography) …Twitter is the perfect platform for the small updates. Blogging still has its place and I continue to follow numerous people and their blogs via my RSS reader.
Thought I’d re post my very first post on the site…an interview I did with International Mountain Bike magazine.
If you are a reader of my blog..Thanks! I’ll keep at it if people keep reading.Details
Home from three riding days in Moab Utah…loads of photos to go through. Sample below is from the Amasa Back trail where the views make you want to stop and stare. Maybe even snap off a few shots. I’ll post again once I have gone through the 1000+ shots from the trip.Details
Thought that I would give an update on my experience using Twitter. You should know that I was a doubter…didn’t want to be a part of it…and didn’t see a need. Then I spent some time talking with Steve from @lushcinema and I began to see the purpose. He was posting updates during our shoot from the trail….keeping people updated and providing a sort of teaser for the project he was working on. This is only one example of how people use Twitter and it was the one that quickly got me interested.
What I like? Quick text based updates, no requirement to respond to others, post photos and video. Seems like another good place to get your work in front of others.
Dislikes? None so far. Maybe having to say I “tweeted”
So far I’m sold on Twitter and if you want to follow me it’s @m5photography.
I’ll still continue to blog as I think there is still a place for it.Details
With so many videos being thrown around via Twitter, RSS, blogs etc.. I probably miss a lot of the good ones that are out there. I’ve watched this one twice. I don’t surf and I don’t like the snow…but I love and relate to the passion these guys have for surfing and that there isn’t really anything that is going to get in their way.