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Sea Otter Classic - 2011

Discussion in 'Sports Photography' started by Prettym1k3, Apr 18, 2011.

  1. Finally made it out to shoot some Downhill Racing. I hardly do anything bicycle related anymore, so it felt good.

    Once again, the weather was amazing at Sea Otter. I got seriously sun burned.

    My favorite shot of the day:

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  2. darylb


    Dec 15, 2008
    Cool shots. #3 looks like he might be about to have a problem.
  3. Believe it or not, the guy in #3 totally rode out that almost-over-the-bars landing. But yeah, it looks like he's definitely going down for the count.
  4. Wow - he looks like a shoo-in for the "ultra-lightweight face brake" option :biggrin:

    Nice shots
  5. Sea-Otter classic, cool event, cool venue.
    What did you shot 5 and 6 with?
    All Nice shots!
  6. Nice shots . . #5 is my favourite . .
  7. nice set, nice variety. #4 is my fave, just crop that rider out from the right edge...what's w/ the line in #2?
  8. Thanks guys. These were quick shots. Shot mostly in jpeg, imported to Lightroom, +5 on the blacks, +2 on the contrast, and then exported and uploaded. Simple as that. If I was trying to get an image into a magazine or something, I'd definitely do some more work to these.

    DJ - Those were done with the 24mm end of the 24-70. Needless to say, I was sticking my $4000 worth of equipment (D700/24-70) into a dangerous area. Those shots were taken less than 3 feet from the riders, and in mid-air, there's no stopping a 40+ lb. bike with a 180 lb. rider on it. :biggrin: But I think it was well worth the risk to get those shots.

    Chris (Aqualung) - That's the line for the DH course practice. I got there at 8am, and that's what the line looked like. In fact, what you don't see, is that that picture only shows about 1/3 of the line. My guess? There were at least 500+ people in line at 8am. Insanity, for sure. But truly devoted mountain bikers.
  9. Russ_


    Feb 20, 2011
    New Zealand
    Fantastic! Love the WA shots!
  10. cbbr


    Nov 21, 2009
    Baton Rouge, La.
    Very cool! I miss DH riding down here.
  11. Wish I had a 14-24 or... anything really. A 16-35, or a 17-35 would have been nice, too, so that I could toss a filter onto the front of the lens. I felt like shooting at 24mm was good, but shooting at 20mm or even 22mm would have been so much better.

    Thanks guys!
  12. blindman


    Mar 2, 2009
    fontana, ca
    good stuff Mike. saw the sea otter title and knew it was your thread right away.
  13. kbutler84


    Feb 22, 2011
    I really like #4 and #5. Just wish the background in #5 was a little nicer to look at (obviously nothing you could do anything about)
  14. kuzzy


    Nov 3, 2009
    Nice job Mike. I like #4 best as well, even though you cannot see the riders face you can feel the concentration from his posture. I also think the riders coming up behind him add to the shot nicely.
  15. Thanks guys!

    Yeah, I wish you could see the riders' eyes and faces in some of the shots, but with the helmet and the goggles, it's just not always possible. That's why I think I like #1 the best. He's got a full lean into the berm, he's rippin' fast, and you can see the concentration in his eyes. I love it.

    Maybe I'll race next year... Who knows? LOL!
  16. Billy_M


    Apr 17, 2009
    Los Angeles
    #7 is the best of the set !
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