• 04-23-2012
    lelebebbel
    Strobist Gallery- let's see your external flash MTB shots
    Post your best mountainbike shots taken with external / remote controlled flash.

    Feel free to add details of the setup (position of strobes, trigger setup, camera and flash settings), so we can all learn something here.
  • 04-23-2012
    lelebebbel
    To get this going, here are a few of mine. I've played around with this stuff for a while but never really worked it all out. My goal for this season is to get a bit more gear (radio triggers and a second external unit) and get a bit better at this, so feel free to criticize.



    Setup: One Nikon SB600 as visible in the background probably at about 1/4 power, on camera flash at 1/8 or something. 1/200 f/5.6 ISO400.


    Older shot. Single SB600 just to the left of the frame (see shadows), set to Auto TTL. Natural light from the top. No on-camera flash. 1/200 f/4 ISO400.


    As above. 1/200 f/4.5 ISO200.

    And finally, one of my first attempts ever:

    I think this was with a single manual strobe just to the left of the camera. 1/200 f/8 ISO400.

    Hopefully I'll have more to post in a few weeks.
  • 04-23-2012
    HRP
    These are great. I just got my first MTB after over a decade of no riding (BMX) and I'm dying to get out there with my camera.
    Fav shot is the second one.
  • 04-27-2012
    willymoe
    Nice shots. The second is my fav.
  • 05-02-2012
    Revolver1529
  • 05-02-2012
    zkid09
    some of the best shots ive seen! awesome work
  • 05-02-2012
    teamhaymaker
    yeah 2 and 4 are awesome, Just wish the rider was in focus more like the front wheel.
    But all these shots are great guys, Im giving it a try this weekend for the first time.
    I have 3 lights, stands and remote triggers. Lets see what i can do with my fisheye
  • 05-03-2012
    lelebebbel
    Thanks. Definitely post your results.

    @Revolver: I'm guessing one strobe from the right of the photo, and natural light from the left?

    Here's something different from last weekend - an attempt to get rid of a distracting background. Done by stopping down the camera (everything is black without flash), then using full flash power on the rider and jump.

    Redlynch DJs by lelebebbel, on Flickr

    1/200s (max synch speed), f/10, ISO200, shot late in the afternoon. One SB600 on a stand from the left, and the pop-up camera flash both at full power. A second strobe from the right would have helped i think.

    Luckily I just received my new flash unit, a YN560II from china along with some radio triggers. Should perfect for this sort of stuff. Seems surprisingly high quality, definitely more sturdy than my SB600, although fully manual of course. Very high power. Having 2 external strobes should really open up some more options.
  • 05-03-2012
    teamhaymaker
    thats a nice looking shot, another light would have helped but its not always an option unfortunately.
    Manual flash is the only way I know, I have a bunch of 285HVs and love them.

    I must have lived on the strobist blog for months.....
  • 05-13-2012
    lelebebbel
    The strobist blog is awesome, really a must read for anybody who ever uses flash.
    Link for those new to the subject: Strobist

    First time out with the new ebay radio triggers (YN603) today. Big step forward from the ones I had years ago, so far 100% reliable.

    I was racing and shooting, so not much time to set things up before I had to get back in the shuttle vehicle. Using the sun as a rimlight and a strobe on the right to light up the faces:

    DH2 - 20 by lelebebbel, on Flickr


    DH2 - 22 by lelebebbel, on Flickr
  • 05-13-2012
    hogprint
    Took a crack at some shots with the flash today. Lots of deletes. This was a reasonable shot. Not the best but not too terrible for the first try.


    Untitled by hogprint, on Flickr
  • 05-13-2012
    lelebebbel
    was your flash mounted on the camera for this? The exposure looks good, nice use of the wide angle as well. Flash will really improve shots though once you move the flash unit away from the camera with a cable, optical or radio remote. On camera flash tends to "flatten" the photo.
  • 05-14-2012
    hogprint
    Yes it was. This was the first time I've brought the flash along and I can now see that the remote actuation gives that dimensional look. Now to get more kit...
  • 05-14-2012
    Lawson Raider
    I recently purchased a Sony NEX-5n but took it back a few days ago as I thought it was way too much camera for what I use it for but one of the questions I have is how do you get those pictures if you are by yourself? Most cameras give you a 10 second timer and that is very difficult to get in good shots with that little time.

    I know the GoPro will shoot continuosly every 2 seconds (hero 2 i think is faster than that) but for a P&S and even the NEX-5n didn't offer continous shots only 10 shots after 10 second timer.
  • 05-14-2012
    lelebebbel
    there is a thread in the "passion" forum about self-timer shots.
    These here are taken with a remote controlled flash, but with a person operating the camera. It would be quite difficult to take a self-timer-remote-flash shot, especially since most flash units will only fire once every few seconds at the higher power settings.

    For self timer shots, have a look here:
    http://forums.mtbr.com/passion/self-...up-728464.html
  • 05-16-2012
    lax30
    couple shots
    Here's a few of my strobist fun. mostly 2 flashes
    First few are shot with my d200, 2x sb600's triggers by paul buff cyber syncs.

    2nd, 3rd and 5th are shot with my d700 2x sb600s and trigger by my pw's

    Also this first shot is actually me. setup the lights and cam and had my buddy click it for me.

    In case anyone was wondering, len's used were 10.5 2.8 fish, 70-200 2.8, 14-24 2.8










  • 05-16-2012
    El Salt
    Man, great stuff lax!
  • 05-17-2012
    lax30
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by El Salt View Post
    Man, great stuff lax!

    thanks man i really appreciate that. ive got a ton more, i will post up a few more this evening.
  • 06-20-2012
    DurtGurl
    Great pics Lax!!! I would really like to get into this type of off-camera flash shooting and am looking into gear to work with my Canon T3i and 430EXII. Any tips on triggers or stands? Would love to be able to keep it light and take the camera, flash, stand, etc on the trail with me in the Clik.
  • 06-20-2012
    lax30
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by DurtGurl View Post
    Great pics Lax!!! I would really like to get into this type of off-camera flash shooting and am looking into gear to work with my Canon T3i and 430EXII. Any tips on triggers or stands? Would love to be able to keep it light and take the camera, flash, stand, etc on the trail with me in the Clik.

    Thanks Alot!!

    Triggers......Well, you could always go with Pocket wizards for triggers. They just released a Plus III, trigger and tranciever that is fairly reasonably priced. However for cost i dont think you can beat the Paul c. Buff cyber syncs. They are pretty small and very easy to use. With these your setting a manual flash value, same with the PW plus3's. The cyber sync stuff was what i started on

    At the moment I am using the PW Flex system with Mini and a AC3 Zone Controller on top of that. With these i can shoot with TTL from the camera or i can mix and match with the zone controller. say group A i want TTL control and groups B and C i want to set manually, i can do all of trhat right from my hot shoe, instead or going to each flash and setting the flash output. The wireless TTL is kindda cool and you can adjust the output of that just the same from the Zone controller. This system also allows me to shot at stupid high shutter speeds.......im talkin 1/8000th with full flash sync with ZERO banding..they call it hyper sync, only down side is recycle time with flashes as its nuking whatever your shooting.

    Stands.....Well most of the time when shooting in the woods i just bring tripods. Lightstands for the most part are only stable on flat ground, so when im in the woods on a hill or steep lander having the telescoping legs of the tripod are a must. Plus having a ball head on your tripod helps with getting the perfect angle. Antoher option you can use is to either get little bungie straps or those gorilla tripods and just use nearby trees to attach them too. People work pretty good for light stands too when you run out of other options, plus they are voice activated......."point it more to the right"

    The options i mentioned for triggers will both work for you canon setup. Sorry for the Long ramble about that stuff but i must not lie i have a problem reguarding my photography addiction.......first step is to admit right??


    Links:
    Pocketwizard® - Wireless transmitters and receivers Pocketwizards product page, has plus 3's and the Flexx and Mini TTl stuff on there too

    Paul C. Buff - CyberSync™Paul buff stuff, linked straight to their product page as well


    Hope that helps!
  • 06-20-2012
    DurtGurl
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by lax30 View Post
    Thanks Alot!!

    Triggers......Well, you could always go with Pocket wizards for triggers. They just released a Plus III, trigger and tranciever that is fairly reasonably priced. However for cost i dont think you can beat the Paul c. Buff cyber syncs. They are pretty small and very easy to use. With these your setting a manual flash value, same with the PW plus3's. The cyber sync stuff was what i started on

    At the moment I am using the PW Flex system with Mini and a AC3 Zone Controller on top of that. With these i can shoot with TTL from the camera or i can mix and match with the zone controller. say group A i want TTL control and groups B and C i want to set manually, i can do all of trhat right from my hot shoe, instead or going to each flash and setting the flash output. The wireless TTL is kindda cool and you can adjust the output of that just the same from the Zone controller. This system also allows me to shot at stupid high shutter speeds.......im talkin 1/8000th with full flash sync with ZERO banding..they call it hyper sync, only down side is recycle time with flashes as its nuking whatever your shooting.

    Stands.....Well most of the time when shooting in the woods i just bring tripods. Lightstands for the most part are only stable on flat ground, so when im in the woods on a hill or steep lander having the telescoping legs of the tripod are a must. Plus having a ball head on your tripod helps with getting the perfect angle. Antoher option you can use is to either get little bungie straps or those gorilla tripods and just use nearby trees to attach them too. People work pretty good for light stands too when you run out of other options, plus they are voice activated......."point it more to the right"

    The options i mentioned for triggers will both work for you canon setup. Sorry for the Long ramble about that stuff but i must not lie i have a problem reguarding my photography addiction.......first step is to admit right??


    Links:
    Pocketwizard® - Wireless transmitters and receivers Pocketwizards product page, has plus 3's and the Flexx and Mini TTl stuff on there too

    Paul C. Buff - CyberSync™Paul buff stuff, linked straight to their product page as well


    Hope that helps!

    I am such a novice at flash use. I absolutely hate on-camera flash so have only used natural lighting thus far in my short DSLR career (since last summer). Since I live in sunny Arizona natural light is plentiful, but I'm wanting more dramatic lighting for my trail shots to really snap. I've been in a perpetual state of healing for the last few years (hip replacement, neck injury, broken wrist) so the camera has become my escape. Thanks for the tips... I'll be doing some pre-shopping research and then let the experimentation begin! Feel free to add more pics to this thread and be sure to give details of the shot if you can.
  • 06-21-2012
    ronbo613
    July, 1989







    Not that rad by today's standards, kind of a different thing twenty three years ago
  • 06-21-2012
    Wherewolf
    Fill flash
    Fill flash should be so subtle you don't notice it. I use it to show the eyes and bring up the shadows.

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  • 06-27-2012
    Kailas
    oh man, I love the old school photo's with the big ol Giro helmets
  • 06-28-2012
    miatagal96
    DurtGurl:

    What do you use to mount your flash onto your tripod?

    Also, I notice that a lot of people use radio triggers. Are these better than using your on-board flash to trigger the external flash?
  • 07-07-2012
    tachman
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by lelebebbel View Post
    To get this going, here are a few of mine. I've played around with this stuff for a while but never really worked it all out. My goal for this season is to get a bit more gear (radio triggers and a second external unit) and get a bit better at this, so feel free to criticize.

    Hopefully I'll have more to post in a few weeks.

    These look great!
  • 07-08-2012
    Bill-E-BoB
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by miatagal96 View Post
    DurtGurl:

    What do you use to mount your flash onto your tripod?

    Also, I notice that a lot of people use radio triggers. Are these better than using your on-board flash to trigger the external flash?

    You'll want to get light stands with cold-shoe mounts rather than trying to mount the flash to a tripod.

    And yes, radio triggers will work a whole lot better than the on-board flash to trigger...one reason is that radio doesn't require line of sight to work properly, but the biggest thing is that when you're outside in broad daylight, you'll have a heck of a time getting the flash to notice the little bit of a flash your onboard camera sends out to trigger it. The on-board flash trigger works great in controlled settings, but its useless outside. I've had GREAT results from Yongnuo tranceivers, and they're dirt cheap...like 35 bucks a pair, and they can double as shutter release too.
  • 07-09-2012
    lelebebbel
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Bill-E-BoB View Post
    You'll want to get light stands with cold-shoe mounts rather than trying to mount the flash to a tripod.

    And yes, radio triggers will work a whole lot better than the on-board flash to trigger...one reason is that radio doesn't require line of sight to work properly, but the biggest thing is that when you're outside in broad daylight, you'll have a heck of a time getting the flash to notice the little bit of a flash your onboard camera sends out to trigger it. The on-board flash trigger works great in controlled settings, but its useless outside. I've had GREAT results from Yongnuo tranceivers, and they're dirt cheap...like 35 bucks a pair, and they can double as shutter release too.

    I've got the Yongnuo RF603s as well, and while they work great, I'd probably get Cactus V5s instead if I had to buy them again. The remote shutter thing is great, but it only works if your camera has a socket for a cable remote, most consumer cameras don't.

    You don't need a dedicated light stand if you have a spare tripod, just get one of these:
    Professional Cold Shoe Mount For Tripod 1/4 - 20 threaded socket adapter SB910 | eBay

    (cold shoe tripod adaptor)

    Advantage of a real lightstand is that you can mount umbrellas and stuff though.
  • 07-09-2012
    DurtGurl
    I just picked up the Vello Freewave Fusion set from BH.

    Vello FreeWave Fusion Wireless Flash Trigger & Remote RFW-C

    So far I've just played around with them a bit on my pups while out camping this weekend, and it looks like I'll need to run both the flash (430EX II) and camera (T3i) in manual modes. Hopefully I'll get some trail shots soon to share!
  • 07-14-2012
    DurtGurl
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by DurtGurl View Post
    I just picked up the Vello Freewave Fusion set from BH.

    Vello FreeWave Fusion Wireless Flash Trigger & Remote RFW-C

    So far I've just played around with them a bit on my pups while out camping this weekend, and it looks like I'll need to run both the flash (430EX II) and camera (T3i) in manual modes. Hopefully I'll get some trail shots soon to share!

    Haven't made it to the trail yet, but have been practicing out back with the dogs. Waiting for the toss...



    Action shot at dusk. 1/200, f/7.1, ISO400, flash was at 1/1 but with a diffuser.



    My best shot yet due to on spot focus and panning. Settings were same as above.



    Next... trail shots! I hope my friends will be patient with me cause this takes some set up and thinking.
  • 07-14-2012
    epic


    Here's one I took last year. It's hyper-synced at 1/800th sec. with an SB900 and an SB-700 on Pocketwizard FlexTTs. It was shot at about noon, but using hyper-sync really gave us nice control of tough shooting light. I have bunches more and will find a few others, but I really liked this one even if the focus was a bit iffy (at f1.4, the focal plane is only a few inches wide, the back wheel is in focus while the front is not).
  • 07-14-2012
    epic


    Here's one that's a little more subtle, one SB-900 inside the corner to light up the face a bit without ruining all the nice stuff the sun was doing with the dust.
  • 07-17-2012
    lelebebbel
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by DurtGurl View Post
    Haven't made it to the trail yet, but have been practicing out back with the dogs.

    That is a great idea. Looks like you are figuring this out quickly. You can also try to use one flash as a backlight if you have two.

    This one here has one strobe at the far left as a back / rim light, and the other (lacking a second stand) on camera, both at 1/8. The orange spot at the bottom is a ghost caused by the sun above the frame.


    29 by lelebebbel, on Flickr
  • 07-17-2012
    DurtGurl
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by lelebebbel View Post
    That is a great idea. Looks like you are figuring this out quickly. You can also try to use one flash as a backlight if you have two.

    For now I only have one flash and will do the best I can with it... this past weekend I tried to organize a pump track photo shoot along with some killer Monsoon skies, but was rained out. I waited it out and had some good practice with the dogs after the rain stopped. Will try again soon to capture bikers. The PT or jump parks seem like the ideal place to practice since the subjects go round and round and round...





  • 07-17-2012
    FMX_DBC
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by lelebebbel View Post
    To get this going, here are a few of mine. I've played around with this stuff for a while but never really worked it all out. My goal for this season is to get a bit more gear (radio triggers and a second external unit) and get a bit better at this, so feel free to criticize.



    Setup: One Nikon SB600 as visible in the background probably at about 1/4 power, on camera flash at 1/8 or something. 1/200 f/5.6 ISO400.


    Older shot. Single SB600 just to the left of the frame (see shadows), set to Auto TTL. Natural light from the top. No on-camera flash. 1/200 f/4 ISO400.


    As above. 1/200 f/4.5 ISO200.

    And finally, one of my first attempts ever:

    I think this was with a single manual strobe just to the left of the camera. 1/200 f/8 ISO400.

    Hopefully I'll have more to post in a few weeks.

    These shots are $$$ !
    The first one really caught my eye. I love it!
  • 07-18-2012
    fell_brook
    Phottix has a really good wireless system out there for nikon and cannon.
  • 07-20-2012
    nvr2low
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by DurtGurl View Post
    For now I only have one flash and will do the best I can with it... this past weekend I tried to organize a pump track photo shoot along with some killer Monsoon skies, but was rained out. I waited it out and had some good practice with the dogs after the rain stopped. Will try again soon to capture bikers. The PT or jump parks seem like the ideal place to practice since the subjects go round and round and round...






    love the last photo!!
  • 07-22-2012
    DurtGurl
    I finally got some trail shots! There's this place on National at South Mountain park in Phoenix called the Waterfall. It is an infamous rocky little DH section that has a big pucker factor and is always hard to capture in pictures due to it usually being in the shade in the otherwise very very sunny Arizona. Being in the shade, it usually looks flat and boring and nothing like the rocky challenge that the rider sees.

    I used my 430XII flash sitting about 10 feet from the riders. It was set on 1/1 with the diffuser in place. I was using the kit 18-55 lens that came with my T3i - all shots at 55mm. Settings were ISO 400, f/10 or 11, and 1/200 or 1/250. I need lots more practice!! Thanks to my Pivot pals for being patient with me today and doing lots of do-overs. It's monsoon season in Phx now which means STICKY and hot. Whew.











    It was so hot and sticky this morning that there were no other riders on the Waterfall except this guy. This shot just happens to have my favorite lighting from my first attempt at trail strobe photography:

  • 07-23-2012
    lelebebbel
    I've got another one, too. A bit less subtle but I needed all the help I could get to lift the rider off the background on this spot:

    Ash @ the crossover by lelebebbel, on Flickr

    Main speedlight is to the right of the camera at 1/8. Second light visible in the frame also at 1/8. Both set to fairly wide beam (28mm setting iirc).
    Camera is at ISO400, f/5 and 1/320s which was about 1-2 stops underexposure for the background.
  • 07-23-2012
    DurtGurl
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by lelebebbel View Post
    I've got another one, too. A bit less subtle but I needed all the help I could get to lift the rider off the background on this spot:

    Main speedlight is to the right of the camera at 1/8. Second light visible in the frame also at 1/8. Both set to fairly wide beam (28mm setting iirc). Camera is at ISO400, f/5 and 1/320s which was about 1-2 stops underexposure for the background.

    Maybe I'm missing the obvious, but why would you put a flash behind the rider (and in the field of view)? I do like how he pops out from the lush & busy green background. I don't have that problem (green or lush) where I live!

    Also, I failed to see much difference when I set the strobe to 24mm vs 50mm vs 105mm and figured it was because I was using everything in manual. Maybe I just wasn't really testing it right, perhaps using too much flash? I will think about this next time I am out.

    Of course.... my dream would be to use the strobe in combination with my 8mm fisheye. I have to admit - I have never been so enthused about learning something new as with this whole photography thing. I am scientist engineer type anyway, so am thinking all the time about how to get my next picture. Let's talk tilt-shift lenses next!!! Now THAT looks fun!
  • 07-23-2012
    jaycagney


    self portrait, flash 15 feet to the left, 10 feet to the right, both at 1/2 power. radio shutter release taped on the left side of my handlebars.



    pretty much similar setup, but not self portrait



    bmx, but I really like it. a flash on either side but more behind him, and shot on 2 1/4 film
  • 07-23-2012
    lelebebbel
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by DurtGurl View Post
    Maybe I'm missing the obvious, but why would you put a flash behind the rider (and in the field of view)? I do like how he pops out from the lush & busy green background. I don't have that problem (green or lush) where I live!

    Also, I failed to see much difference when I set the strobe to 24mm vs 50mm vs 105mm and figured it was because I was using everything in manual. Maybe I just wasn't really testing it right, perhaps using too much flash? I will think about this next time I am out.

    Of course.... my dream would be to use the strobe in combination with my 8mm fisheye. I have to admit - I have never been so enthused about learning something new as with this whole photography thing. I am scientist engineer type anyway, so am thinking all the time about how to get my next picture. Let's talk tilt-shift lenses next!!! Now THAT looks fun!

    The flash behind the rider is a rim- or backlight: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backlig...ighting_design)

    It helps providing some "pop" or separation between the subject and background. Normally you'd try to keep it out of the frame, but that wasn't possible with that wide angle shot.
    The BMX shot above (great photo by the way) is a good example.

    The flash zoom setting can be quite important, too. The more you zoom in, the more focused the beam. You get longer range and slightly more isolated coverage. For example, you can get light on the rider but not the foreground if you aim it right. Aim the flash at a wall and try it.
    You can even tape some cardboard to the flash to make a "snoot", if you want a really focused beam of light.
  • 07-30-2012
    joshjustin
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    Tried this out for myself this past weekend. Here's my ill-timed self portrait. Had the wireless trigger taped to the left side of the handlebar. It was still VERY tricky to set if off! I wish there were a low-profile release button that I could tape to the grip instead of using a bulky trigger. It'd be safer too.

    Anyway...

    _Josh
  • 08-13-2012
    togish1
    cant wait to post some pics
  • 08-13-2012
    Misha1347
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by FMX_DBC View Post
    These shots are $$$ !
    The first one really caught my eye. I love it!

    This is sick!! :thumbsup:
  • 08-13-2012
    Misha1347
    bmx, but I really like it. a flash on either side but more behind him, and shot on 2 1/4 film[/QUOTE]

    WOW!! This is AMAZING!
  • 08-19-2012
    thesacrifice
    Newer to this, trying that popular product look. Naked 430XII from the left.

  • 08-23-2012
    splatworldwide
    1 Attachment(s)
    Static bike shot
    I figured I'd lug my dSLR and flash out to get a nice shot of my bike before it got too thrashed (I've been riding it about eight months). Also, first time attempting something like this while out on a trail ride. I was surprised that everything stuffed into my Camelbak Mule pack just fine. Next time I'm gonna have to try some action shots with friends, bringing my big boy camera wasn't as much of a pain as I had originally anticipated. I'm still a little freaked out about crashing with it in my pack, but I guess I'll just have to ride more conservatively when I have a camera with me.

    Canon 5D mkII, 50mm f1.4
    580EXII with a Lumiquest Ultrasoft on a Gorillapod to the right, stuck on a tree branch.
    Pocketwizard radio triggers

    1/250 sec, f2.0, ISO 50
  • 08-23-2012
    DurtGurl
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by splatworldwide View Post
    I figured I'd lug my dSLR and flash out to get a nice shot of my bike before it got too thrashed (I've been riding it about eight months). Also, first time attempting something like this while out on a trail ride. I was surprised that everything stuffed into my Camelbak Mule pack just fine. Next time I'm gonna have to try some action shots with friends, bringing my big boy camera wasn't as much of a pain as I had originally anticipated. I'm still a little freaked out about crashing with it in my pack, but I guess I'll just have to ride more conservatively when I have a camera with me.

    Canon 5D mkII, 50mm f1.4
    580EXII with a Lumiquest Ultrasoft on a Gorillapod to the right, stuck on a tree branch.
    Pocketwizard radio triggers

    1/250 sec, f2.0, ISO 50

    Nice! Every day at lunch I wander over the this forum to see if there are any new cool biking photos... sadly, the answer is usually no. So pls get out there this weekend and snap some riding photos! p.s. Nice bike :thumbsup:
  • 08-24-2012
    splatworldwide
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by DurtGurl View Post
    Nice! Every day at lunch I wander over the this forum to see if there are any new cool biking photos... sadly, the answer is usually no. So pls get out there this weekend and snap some riding photos! p.s. Nice bike :thumbsup:

    Thanks! I have a hard time stopping in the middle of a ride to muck around with photos, but it is fun mixing my interests like this. I saw your comment above regarding tilt-shift; I have a Hartblei 85mm f2.8 tilt-shift that I got mainly for product photography. It's nifty for still subjects, but I couldn't imagine trying to shoot action with it! In any case, it *is* a fun toy.
  • 08-28-2012
    sslitson
    Hot damn there are some good shots on here.
  • 08-29-2012
    Mstate060
    Lax30 shots are wicked, and the best part about these photos is that they make the scenery look fake. Bad ass!
  • 09-29-2012
    epic
  • 09-30-2012
    lelebebbel
  • 10-02-2012
    lax30
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Mstate060 View Post
    Lax30 shots are wicked, and the best part about these photos is that they make the scenery look fake. Bad ass!

    Thanks man, ill add a few more to the mix
  • 10-08-2012
    Naturally Aspirated
    After digging, we decided to mess around a little...



  • 10-11-2012
    Boot
  • 11-08-2012
    ajbaudoux
    None of you Nikon shooters using rear curtain flash or high speed sync?
  • 11-16-2012
    easterntide
    Strobist Cross ok?
    Shot a twilight cross race a month or so ago. Had a voice activated lightstand holding an Einstien w beauty dish, also had a Yongnou flash on a stand opposite. Shooting w a 7D and a range of lenses.









    also did a portrait session immediately following. was hoping for more mud and exhaustion but i was able to 'coax' them to put on the 100yd stare for me.





    all of it is over here: 2012 Fitworks Muddy Wheels Cross Race - Photography by Don Ricker

    cheers,
    Don
  • 11-19-2012
    DurtGurl
    I finally tried some off-camera flash in the bright sun and it really did help to bring out facial and other features that would have been lost in shadows. Snaps were taken with my 5D3, 24-105 f/4L lens, 430EX II, and remote Vello triggers; flash was on a tripod and camera was hand held. Some pics are the sharpest, but were included because I liked the lighting. Thanks for looking :) Pump track is a GREAT place to practice this type of photography because they just keep rolling round and round and round...

















  • 11-23-2012
    nickz5
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by easterntide View Post
    Shot a twilight cross race a month or so ago.

    cheers,
    Don

    Amazing portrait shots, what setup and lens did you use for this? I love the detail. .
  • 11-25-2012
    easterntide
    Shots
    Thanks for the props.
    2 Einstein lights w remote buff triggers. Each had a beauty dish and diffuser and set for f8 at iso 100.
    Shot w a canon 24-70 f2.8. Fun personal project.
  • 05-12-2013
    Metamorphic
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    I'm just getting started with off camera flash. Working with a cheap Chinese speedlite and a remote trigger set. But I'm happy with the results so far.

    Mostly what I'm trying to accomplish is getting some light under the rider's visor, preferably from an off angle, and hopefully from a spot close enough to the trail that the flash will be hot enough to stop the action. It takes me 3 or 4 or a dozen test shots to get a spot set up but I'm guessing I'll get better at that part.
  • 05-13-2013
    mtbzone
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    Friday 'Happy Hour' on Lower Whoops Trail, Bend, Oregon
    Alien Bees 800 strobe to my right and back a few feet
    Canon 5DM3 1/200 sec at f/3.5, ISO 320
    rider: unknown


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  • 06-11-2013
    ajdemo76
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    I'm new to photography in general, started 6 months ago, just picked up a strobe setup pretty cheap a week ago. Finally got to use it over the weekend, this was one of the better ones out of the bunch.
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  • 06-12-2013
    Metamorphic
    Nice. Its very natural looking.
  • 06-13-2013
    mdg3d
    Nice shot.
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ajdemo76 View Post
    I'm new to photography in general, started 6 months ago, just picked up a strobe setup pretty cheap a week ago. Finally got to use it over the weekend, this was one of the better ones out of the bunch.
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  • 11-06-2013
    I like bicycles.
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    Here's a photo from my most recent adventure, it's a star trail with 60 photos of the night sky, superimposed into one, to create the trail the stars make.
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    First are the 60 photos, then I had to take a last shot strobing my external flash onto the Jeep.

    EDIT: Crap, I just realized this has nothing to do with MTB...only external flash.
  • 02-03-2014
    Metamorphic
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    Had some good luck with the flashes this weekend. I'm using two in these shots. One is located on left of frame firing across the scene at about 2 foot hight. The other is over my right shoulder about 9 feet off the ground firing down onto the scene.
  • 02-10-2014
    jmpg
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    Majura Pines – RIP
    (for all those in OZ), This shot was taken in a great gully jump at Majura Pines. It's now a road construction site.

    I used two off camera Nikon SB-26s using the in-built slave setting on manual power output, triggeedr by the on camera flash) some sort pentax I borrowed from my friend in the pic). The exposure was about 1/15 second, aperture any guess!
  • 02-18-2014
    HighTitan
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    This was my first time using the flash off the camera via transmitters. I was really fighting the flash because I forget to put new batteries in the flash! Doh! Camera: Canon 70d Lens: 16-35 2.8L Flash: 600ex

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    This one is of my girlfriend shredding a turn in Sandy Ridge, Oregon. Camera: Canon 70d Lens: 16-35 2.8L Flash: 600ex

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  • 02-23-2014
    Metamorphic
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  • 03-04-2015
    sportsnapper
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    I dipped into this thread before doing a shoot yesterday. This was in the UK, and we had drizzle, bright sunshine and hailstones all in one day. Heres a few shots of my son. Nikon D4 with one sb-800 or sb-900 fired using Cactus remotes.

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