Bike Trials

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  1. Digital Matt

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    Hey gang,

    I went down to the lakefront tonight just to get some quiet time with the camera when I ran into a bike trials club getting in some good practice on the rocks. I happened to have an 800ws strobe, battery pack, and Pwizards handy, so I asked if they had any objections and they were obliged to let me shoot. Here are some of the results.

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    Thanks for lookin :)
     
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    wow nice shots and great op. I really love 2 and 4. 3 the guys expression ruins it for me and 1 is a cool shot but dosent give that feel of how hard of a sport they are doing. I love 4 because of how there is the other biker in the background and you captured the other rider in a manouver which is pretty cool and wow just great shots. Nice use of the strobe too your my idol haha
     
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    Well, wow. You go out wanting "some quiet time with your camera" and just happen to carry along an 800w strobe? That is some cool quiet time you were contemplating! :D

    And then you met these, or they were met by no one less but you!
    Lucky them!
    They did not know who offered to take a couple of photos of them, now did they?
    They must either be over the moon with these pics, or they don't even begin to see what top-quality pics they were getting taken!

    What is the effect in the first that makes him look like he's in a studio and the sea was a screen behind him? Is that called "slow synch"? (The same effect repeats itself in the second, only to a smaller extent). Can you PLAN for that to happen? How so?
     
  4. Digital Matt

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    Thank you both. :)

    Corrinna, you are correct. Slow synch, or "dragging the shutter". Basically in this situation, you determine an exposure for the ambient light, power the strobe to match or overpower by 1 stop, and go for it. Early on I was shooting at 1/250 (synch speed) but as the sun began setting, this became impossible. #1 and 2 are the result of the sun being much lower and less intense, and the shutter speeds dropping. I was shooting at ISO 400, 1/30 and f/8 for a lot of them, and when I intentionally wanted to record some motion, I dropped to ISO 100, 1/8 and f/8, and in #1 I pulled the camera away from him to the left as I fired the shutter.
     
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    Nice shots, Matt.....I like the foreground lighting with the sunset.
     
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    Thanks PNA :)
     
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    This is excellent work. That last shot is just killer. Really nice.
     
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    great pics, brings back memories, i used to do a bit of trials myself
     
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    These are beautiful! As for the just happened upon moment I agree with Corinna, it was lucky them for sure!
     
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    Thanks everyone :)
     
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    Awesome shots man :D love your use of flash and ambient light.

    trials biking scares me, downhill all the way :D
     
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    The 3rd is my favorite for the expression on the guy which to me is saying 'Ya, I beat that'. You can see the confidence in his face & posture which that sport definitely takes.

    The 2nd is my next favorite with just a slight sense of motion but still remaining very sharp. Just love it...

    Just checked out the series on your link. Excellent. Are you going to try & sell these to Echo? I'd think they'd eat it up.
     

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