Monday, November 28, 2011
So I have made a few interesting transitions on the past month or so and this picture illustrates it. The boys at QBP and Surly Bikes have conspired to get me riding a Fat bike. To be honest it was time. Not only have I been watching the sport evolve over the past 7 years or so, I have also been starting to get a lot of questions from land managers as to how the "snow bikes" should be managed. A few have even started to think about grooming trails specifically for Snow bikes. That said, I have needed to learn what is up.
This is the kind of learning I love and I have to say it has opened up some new ideas and possible routes I cant wait to try once things freeze solid.
The other big learning transition in this photo is the use of off camera flash and speedlights. I have been tinkering endlessly with some cheap Cactus V5 wireless remotes and both my cameras. It has been interesting, I am just starting to get moderate results but I can see that there will be a time when there is always a remote/speedlight set up in the pack. The Cactus V5's are also reversible with a cable so you can use them as a Camera remote and that is allowing me to actually take photos of myself riding. I see a lot of riders who are also photographers shooting the classic, lonely and a lot of times uninteresting shots of their bikes leaning against the ground a railing etc. Sometimes those shots are all that you have time for, or you can pull off, but in reality they are a record of events and often times not technically composed and or orchestrated shots. I can see why! Shooting photo's of yourself takes a ton of time, and at least for me, so far, does not produce that great of shots either. However, by constantly tinkering with the remote flash, remote trigger, I can see where shots that I am actually setting up and executing with other riders will start to become much, much higher quality...