/ Mountain Biking Photography
Ah I just picked that up via another source on Facebook! Great blog and I wondered where I had heard the name before, realise now it's from here. When streams cross...
In reply to Garbhanach:
All look good to me.
Like the blog - and I also want to know what tripod that is ;-)
Did you see this on dp
The tripod is the Giottos Vitruvian. It's a bit too light for a full frame camera but works ok if it's not windy. Great for travelling with though. I often use it as a stand for the flash.
Thanks for the comments on the blog.
Like the rest of your blog too!
A lot of photographers who go in for this type of photography go for lights with very short flash durations like the Elinchrom Ranger or Quadra with A type flash heads which give very short flash durations helping to freeze the subject, this type of flash works diffrently from speedlights in that the more power you pump in the shorter the flash duration gets, I have seen motion blur added to this type of shot in photoshop to get that speed look.
Some photographers sites
My mate is a MTB photographer, have a look at his site, he just uses a 5D and 580ex's
Says the same about the Ranger system as well S heads
No off-camera flash used but I can see lots of uses for it (but only if it doesn't cause them to crash though!)
Not sure about lugging a generator up a ski slope though!
> Not sure about lugging a generator up a ski slope though!
Elinchrom stuff is quite expensive but the Broncolor Scoro A4S 3200 W/S Power Pack the generator is powering costs $12,647.88 and looks quite hefty as well, so stuff that;-)
I saw this one on the Nikon site and I like the shot using rear curtain
In terms of the shots, I appreciate the stylised effect but a closer balance bewteeen flash and ambient would bring some more detail into the shadows you mention. Up the ISO, down the flash power. (Increased aperture would have same effect but can make focus tracking a bit more hit and miss with the reduced DoF.) Does mean you have to be a bit more accurate with your panning technique though, but you only really need a small amount of panning blur to convey the sense of speed, so at that close range maybe a 60th would work. So at the other end of the 'strobe lit panning shot' scale you'd have an effect like the second shot in this gallery:
Just a matter of playing with the set-up till you find what you like.
Personally I like what you've done already.
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