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Moab photos-Day 2

Day 2 was actually spent an hour or so away from Moab in Colorado…also known for some amazing riding it was worth the extra time in the truck. I could tell Colorado had a dry year as last time I was here there was more green on the ground. Still a beautiful place to ride and shoot.

If you missed the Day 1 shots, you can find there here http://m5photography.com/5/2012/05/moab-photos-day-1/

Tech Info: Canon 7D and Tokina 12-24 f/4 lens.
As always, click images for the larger view.

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Photography…making time for personal projects

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…

Tech Details:
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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Photo of the Day…Pinkbike

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.

http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/8070509/

 

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May 8, 2012 11:54 am
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Moab Photos-Day 1

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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2 years of blogging…

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.

http://m5photography.com/5/2010/04/the-interview/

If you are a reader of my blog..Thanks! I’ll keep at it if people keep reading.

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April 28, 2012 2:50 pm
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Back from Moab Utah

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.

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April 24, 2012 8:15 pm
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“Eyes”…Mountain Bike Photo

I’ve always loved it when riders in BMX/MTB/Moto wear clear lenses and you can see their eyes….

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April 3, 2012 6:23 pm
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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.

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March 29, 2012 7:55 pm
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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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