|Rudy rolling the rock staricase|
|Yeah, this is about as crazy as you get. No cotter pin for the tree stand? Use Park Tools....|
|Glen putting his foot down. After one try, he nailed it every time afterwards.|
I learned long ago that it is ok to fail. It does not make it any easier to deal with, but generally failure leads to a change of tactics and a learning process that ultimately is healthy. For years I have been staring at a really cool piece of MTB terrain in my back yard. I have never been able to pull off a shoot there for a variety of reasons. Well this season I finally took the bull by the horns and gave it a try and of course it kicked my butt. The trouble is a case of light, or lack of it to be more specific. You go early in the morning, there is a little. You go midday it is too shadowed and contrasty. You go in the evening and it is in full shade. I took the full shade option and tried to use my speedlights to get some pop. Not enough and of course the results show that.
So just like many things in my life, I will be chalking this one up as a learning experience and will be racking my brains on how I could do this shot successfully (and with the gear I have!) and ultimately I hope I will be better for taking the challenge in hand. Thanks to the poor riders who have to deal with my educational process! Rudy, Andy, Eric, Dave, Cort, Mark and Glen thanks a ton for coming out when I have a chance to press the shutter button!