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    John Fisher DH photos

    Yesterday I took a few photos at the first of six <a target="_blank" href="https://www.sickpromotions.net/Site/John_Fisher_DH_Races.html"> John Fisher Down Hill</a> races near Oakhurst, CA. The course is quite beautiful and I suggest you check it out. Below are a few photos, mostly from the practice runs, many more on my photo site. I never know if I should be zooming in on the riders or capturing them with a good background. Below are mostly close-ups.

    My main goal was to see how practical the Canon 5D Mark II is for capturing action and that's what I did for most of the race. I'd never used a monopod before but some of the footage looks good enough to put together in a very short video. In the meantime below is a short sequence of two jumpers. As you can see I was not ready for the first jumper, but I caught what I could.
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    Thanks for sharing. Really wanted to do that race.

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    Nice pics. Quality camera that, for sure. As for the video, it looks OK with regards to clarity, but of course it suffers in the vibration reduction department compared to a proper camcorder.

    BTW, just curious, what sort of shutter speeds did you end up with to get the stills that frozen on what is obviously quite a fast part of the course? And the ISO setting? (you had lots of light which helps of course).

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    Looks like a blast!
    Meh.

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    Do we get any pictures of the hoss in blue riding?

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    Quote Originally Posted by knumbskull


    Do we get any pictures of the hoss in blue riding?
    Lol, I didn't notice that guy until you said that. He probably uses all the travel on that bike just sitting on it.
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    John (guy in the back) is actually a really fast rider. Usually kills the Clydesdale class in the locals races. Gravity is an amazing things for bigger guys. =]

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    ^^ha. That looks fun. Shame you couldn't get any shots of the more technical sections of the course, but still nice photos. looks like it could get pretty drifty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iceman2058
    Nice pics. Quality camera that, for sure.
    BTW, just curious, what sort of shutter speeds did you end up with to get the stills that frozen on what is obviously quite a fast part of the course? And the ISO setting? (you had lots of light which helps of course).
    There is much more to photography than your equipment, or anybody could take great photos. Early in the day I had to shoot ISO 500 - 620, but settled down to an acceptable 400. I never go below 1/1,000th sec. and I got a few a bit faster.

    Too bad there were so few riders. I usually work my way down the course once the racing begins. But they finished before I got to some nice sections below. More people should try the next five races. It's really nice up there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by specializedbeta18
    Lol, I didn't notice that guy until you said that. He probably uses all the travel on that bike just sitting on it.
    OR he set up his bike for his weight and it's perfect for him..
    I'd huck that...

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    Too few riders

    Quote Originally Posted by slothoncanvas
    ^^ha. That looks fun. Shame you couldn't get any shots of the more technical sections of the course, but still nice photos. looks like it could get pretty drifty!
    I walk up the course (carefully) during practice, while also taking photos, and note the potential of each section. Then I work my way down the course once the racing begins. However, there were too few riders, so they finished before I got too far down. Racing didn't last much more than 90 minutes. It also didn't help that I was trying the video capabilities of my camera, which took much more time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joshed
    John (guy in the back) is actually a really fast rider. Usually kills the Clydesdale class in the locals races. Gravity is an amazing things for bigger guys. =]
    I can confirm this. Two years ago he beat me on my 7point while on his VP Free with a 888 at an AM style race by like 15 seconds. John is a really nice guy, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by horse of iron
    OR he set up his bike for his weight and it's perfect for him..
    *ding ding ding*
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    ... and if we just ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Prettym1k3
    *ding ding ding*

    Yep

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    I shot some pics at the last chute before the finish and around the pits as I am not back to riding the steeps yet. Wherewolf PM me with your e-mail and I will send the pit and award shots to you as I cannot host them. Here is John railing the last turn and the much appreciated shuttle.
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    Props to the big man! It takes a lot to muster up and get outside like that!

    Cool shots! I like the vid..."JUMP!"...."JUMP!"...lol, good stuff!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wherewolf
    There is much more to photography than your equipment, or anybody could take great photos. Early in the day I had to shoot ISO 500 - 620, but settled down to an acceptable 400. I never go below 1/1,000th sec. and I got a few a bit faster.

    Too bad there were so few riders. I usually work my way down the course once the racing begins. But they finished before I got to some nice sections below. More people should try the next five races. It's really nice up there.
    There certainly is a lot more to it - sorry if my post implied otherwise. The whole point of me asking for settings was to get a feel for how hard you were having to push the ISO to run those shutter speeds. I do have a feeling my little D50 will not be happy at all at those kinds of settings...the sensor is a lot less sensitive...guess I will have to try it and see...

    Anyway, nice pics, and quite a story on your knees BTW (checked out your site). Here's sending you some healing vibes to get you back on the bike ASAP!

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    nice pics,....vid was funny....jump jump
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    is this worth going to? its a bit of a drive for me, and the last thing I want to do is show up a a super D labeled DH course like sea otter. are there rocks there? jumps? high speed sections? Do you have to race every race or can I do a couple of them if I missed the first one?

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    Yep!

    Quote Originally Posted by knumbskull
    Do we get any pictures of the hoss in blue riding?
    Yep!

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    Awesome pics, What camera did you upgrade from? That 5dmkII is soo damn tempting.

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    hoss

    Quote Originally Posted by knumbskull
    Do we get any pictures of the hoss in blue riding?
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    Yep!
    Nice, looks like he's having fun ripping it up.

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    Awesome pictures man!

    I just picked up a Mark 2 as well and am really impressed with it. Who says it's not a sports camera, right?

    On the video, there were 2 spots where it hesitated. Did you snap pictures there? What lenses are you shooting with?

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    I wonder what that big guy's armor smells like after a hot day of riding?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iceman2058
    There certainly is a lot more to it - sorry if my post implied otherwise. The whole point of me asking for settings was to get a feel for how hard you were having to push the ISO to run those shutter speeds. I do have a feeling my little D50 will not be happy at all at those kinds of settings...the sensor is a lot less sensitive...guess I will have to try it and see...
    at ISO 400, the sensor of your D50 is just as sensitive as the one on his canon at ISO 400....

    whether you get enough light or not at ISO400 and 1/1000th would depend on the lens.


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    I wonder what that big guy's armor smells like after a hot day of riding?
    the rest of us don't
    but if you are into that kind of stuff, i bet you could find a forum for that somewhere else....
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    Quote Originally Posted by VTSession
    I wonder what that big guy's armor smells like after a hot day of riding?

    Why the F would you want to know?

    FWIW, at least he's out riding and not giving a $hit what people think of him online. He's doing what the bike was made to do- Have fun, Fahn
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    Quote Originally Posted by William42
    is this worth going to? its a bit of a drive for me, and the last thing I want to do is show up a a super D labeled DH course like sea otter. are there rocks there? jumps? high speed sections? Do you have to race every race or can I do a couple of them if I missed the first one?
    here is a link to a video my son and his friends made about 8 weeks ago while doing trail work for the race. I think the video is the top 2/3's of the course that was used last sunday and that will be used again on 6/28. The boys have since fixed some of the major ruts and added some trail features and jumps. It is all downhill with some scary fast sections along with some natural terrain, jumps and places a premium on line choice. Like i said above all the comments I heard about the trail positive.
    http://www.pinkbike.com/video/67983/

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    Quote Originally Posted by LDH
    here is a link to a video my son and his friends made about 8 weeks ago while doing trail work for the race. I think the video is the top 2/3's of the course that was used last sunday and that will be used again on 6/28. The boys have since fixed some of the major ruts and added some trail features and jumps. It is all downhill with some scary fast sections along with some natural terrain, jumps and places a premium on line choice. Like i said above all the comments I heard about the trail positive.
    http://www.pinkbike.com/video/67983/
    meh, I don't have the same problems with ruts some people do. Its not a real DH course if its not rutted out and ridiculously fast at points! Watching the video now

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    So, is that wood ramp the landing from some other jump? Super short if it is...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wherewolf
    There is much more to photography than your equipment, or anybody could take great photos. Early in the day I had to shoot ISO 500 - 620, but settled down to an acceptable 400. I never go below 1/1,000th sec. and I got a few a bit faster.

    Too bad there were so few riders. I usually work my way down the course once the racing begins. But they finished before I got to some nice sections below. More people should try the next five races. It's really nice up there.

    Its a nice camera. A co-worker got one. My other co-worker got a lusty 1Ds Mark II. I would take the 1D just for AF, H20 proofing. I am trying to see if canon can upgrade my sensor to the 1Ds sensor from the Mark IIn that it currently has. I shot almost this whole race at 500 or below.

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    1Ds is a full frame sensor and your MK2n is a 1.3x crop sensor. The mirror and the prism and not big enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hitek79
    1Ds is a full frame sensor and your MK2n is a 1.3x crop sensor. The mirror and the prism and not big enough.
    Yeah but the chassis is the exact same mirrors are "cheap" not sure about what remaining parts would be required to convert it over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ianjenn
    Yeah but the chassis is the exact same mirrors are "cheap" not sure about what remaining parts would be required to convert it over.
    pretty sure that its not really worth it..youd end up buying the other camera and putting its internals in it...its not just the image sensor..its the processor as well.

    and the 1dmk2N is a f-ng awesome camera, resolution is overrated anyway :-) just get super awesome glass and your set with image quality
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    Canon 20D

    Quote Originally Posted by sanjosedre
    Awesome pics, What camera did you upgrade from? That 5dmkII is soo damn tempting.
    Canon 20D, nothing wrong with it, served me quite well. But I wanted the full frame sensor for my macro work. However, I'm thrilled with the camera, and the 24 - 105 lens. Even though the race was over before I covered about 1/3rd of the course, I did get a bit of video. I hope to post a short video soon. I just got Adobe Premier Pro three weeks ago and I need the practice. Never shot video like this before, and never used a monopod until the day before this race.

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    Hope A sidenote

    What tires are you guys running on this course?? I saw some guys running Nevegals, Highrollers, Minions, and various WTB, Specialized tires. Just curious as I am racing the course for the first time this Sunday.

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    JohnFisher Benefit Race #2

    Yes, this weekend is our next race of our John Fisher DownHill Summer Sizzle Benefit Race Series. Race #2 is this weekend Sunday June 28th. This Sunday is John birthday and we hope to have John out there with us, but you never know. So lets all say a prayer and hope John will feel good enough to come out and enjoy a day with us. The heat is a big factor for John's comfirt level and well being.

    We will be using the Express Trail again this weekend and for #3 will use Lower Powerline close to Kamook Staging area. Shuttles will began around 9am and first racer at 12:00noon

    Registration - Race day only !
    Registration opens at 9:00 a.m. Fees - Adults $35, Juniors $25

    Practice - The John Fisher DH Series Race course will be marked and ready for inspection at 12:00 noon Saturday.

    Hope to see you this Sunday up in Miami Creek at Benefit Race #2 of the John Fisher DH Benefit Race Series

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    I think nevegal tires are fine for the race
    the trail is really fast is rock garden area and nothing like 007
    u will going to have fun

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    I would like to invite everyone this Sunday to the John Fisher downhill race series. It is the second race of the series. We are going to have so much fun! The course is fast and has a few jumps. It is REAL downhill, not super D.

    If you are going to race for the first time, dont worry, you are going to have enough time to do practice runs. I did 5 practice runs last time. There is a shuttle available all day and free redbull at the finish line!

    The area is very nice with a little creek, a camping area, and a small trail your kids and family can explore. These races are to raise money to get a wheelchair van for John Fisher, former local pro mountain downhill rider. If you want to participate by volunteering, contact me at [email protected]. Come this Sunday to be part of this biking community event!

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