Sea Otter Day 3 – B&W Flyers

The pros and a horde of photographers had the dual slalom course at Sea Otter looking like an ant hill this morning. Tripods, light stands, flash heads, camera bags and a few dummies made for cluttered backgrounds without careful work. Too much sun has drawn a distinct line across my forehead and I can still feel it simmering hours later as I edit through another pile of images. There's a blast of color to mountain that really seems to work. Kits, helmets, and body armor combining to give many riders a Darth Vader look. From Dual Slalom Practice it was over to Downhill for the cat1/pro shakedown runs. Speed way, way up at both venues.

Today I processed this batch as B&Ws. The last few images almost look like a portrait session as each rider flew by. I got in the rhythm of the train and almost all of these were single shots.

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6 Responses to Sea Otter Day 3 – B&W Flyers

  1. BR says:

    I love these pictures…thanks for bring them up. PS – GET A MOUNTAIN BIKE! :-)

  2. Bin says:

    All I can say is..wow. I’m in in awe of your skills with a camera.

  3. Dave Wyman says:

    As always, wonderful photographs. I think you use a telephoto lens to its true potential (not to mention you’re equally adept with wide angles). You perfectly isolate your subjects.

    • Hi Dave,

      Nice to hear from you. I was thinking about you just yesterday when I came across a tagged picture of you on Facebook. Out on another adventure I’m sure.

      In spite of its weight, my lens of choice is my 200 f2. Incomparable AF and sharpness when I get it right. Now if only Canon would make another prime with this class of AF in the 85mm range.

      Have you been riding much?

  4. Pat Branch says:

    Great shots!! I’m the kid with the tall camera. The bokeh on that shots is so awesome. The exif said it was taken at 200mm and I didn’t think it looked like it came from a 70-200 (just got one!).

  5. Hi Pat,

    I wondered how the pole-camera worked out for you. Funny, I saw I guy shooting with a similar rig to try and capture the peloton crossing the American River during today’s Stage 1 of the Tour of California.I asked him how he did and he was quite pleased.

    Nice to see you pushing the envelope (or in this raising the bar ;-)

    ::Michael