I’ve decided on my selects due to all the help in comments here, tweets, facebook and elsewhere. Thank you to everyone chimed in, it means a lot to me.
Wondering what made the cut? “Oh, I’ll feed ya baby birds”
I am happy about how this shot turned out technically but lets face it, Cob brought the “Oh shit” factor and that makes the shot.
Cob is riding his proto Deity Cryptkeeper in this photo.
For those of you that care, I was using two lights here, one of which being that beautiful source that comes up in the morning and sets in the evening. The sun is a rim light on cob. I matched the sunlight with a Elinchrom Ranger Quadra with an A head at full power (400w) with a 10″ high output reflector, just out of frame on the right.
I enjoy the colors in this shot and the sun blast of course. But the blue in the sky and the blue in AT’s Jersey, yet he still pops. I like the random little green shrub at the bottom of the rock too, not sure why but me and that shrub are buddies now. Huge Thanks to James Visser for having us all over to shoot and ride, it was a great day.
Here is a little of the story behind the photo and how it was shot.
AT made the drive south to San Diego with Shelby Paget to ride with James Visser. I got from James asking me to come to shoot for the day and I jumped at the chance to shoot and hang out with the boys. I drove to SD that night, slept in the 24hr super market’s parking lot and made my way to Vissers place first thing in the morning to help him prep the trail and feed some horses. The filmer, AT and Shelby showed up shortly after that for a fun day. Here AT drops into a rock roller and my buddy the sun snaked its way threw, stoked! Again two lights here, the sun and my Elinchrom Ranger Quadra. I was able to sneak the Quadra with a 10″ high output in close enough to drop the sky down.
This is an older Shot of my good friend Dan Troyan. It’s hard for me to choose this shot because I have looked at it for so long and chewed it apart in my mind and out loud. But after hearing all of your input it was clear this photo still had impact due to the ghosting, so it’s the last image of the three. This is not “Photoshopped”, as in the ghosting effect was done in camera. This was shot at Foothill College is right behind my Dad’s house, so while I was living there I would ride the campus so often the security guards knew me by name. Two of my good friends came by to ride with me one night, but instead of riding I decided to shoot, having this image in mind. Just after shooting this frame the cops showed up, but instead of kicking us out or worse, he watched for a while and wished us a good night.This photo was done by making a long exposure (around the 2 second mark) and right as Dan rode thew the frame I popped the flash, and let the exposure finish up. So thats open camera shutter before dan enters the frame, wait until he’s were I want him the pop the strobe then let the shutter close. Just that simple.
Thanks for all the help, I will keep you all updated about this contest, Rambo (my kitten) doesn’t want me to do well, because then I would have to leave him for a few weeks to head up to whistler; He’s a big boy I am hoping for the best and expecting nothing to come from it.
PS high fives and maybe something cool to who can tell me where I pulled “Oh, I’ll feed ya baby birds”, leave a comment.