So there I was, in the middle of 45 women riding their mountain bikes—around and around, on a local BMX type track for the June Bell Joy Ride Event in Tucson. I was asked to photograph the riders, get some cool shots that showed the women in motion, having fun.
I scouted the location before coming out, and found a background that wasn’t too busy. I also wanted to show action, and the track had one banked section that lent itself to just that.
I sat up my Elinchrom D-Lite 4 with a Paul C. Buff Vagabond Mini Lithium battery attached and began to shoot. The light was placed to the left of the camera, and the distance to the subject, was over 10 feet at times, so I needed full power on the flash to really have any affect. I was a bit worried that my camera’s flash sync speed, in this case, with my Nikon D7100, would be too slow at 1/250th of a second, but I found out that 1/250th was just enough to stop the motion.
For the perspective, I got down low, and shot with my wide zoom, a Nikon 16-35 F4. I finished everything up at home in Adobe Lightroom. If you want to see the rest of shots, you can find them in the “Sports” gallery.
Photography, Lessons Learned, and Cycling.
I have been taking pictures since I was about 6 years old. I started with a Kodak Instamatic. Just holding that Kodak was fun back then. Today, the camera badge may say "Nikon", but the fun of taking someone's photograph is still there.
Times have changed regarding photography over the past 20 years. My first business was in in Corpus Chirsti, Texas back in 1992. I went under the same name, my name, David Whitney French Photography. One of my favorite photo gigs was doing weddings. Why? Well, besides being a challenge at times, with the stress of getting the right shot in the age of film, everyone was happy! It was a happy time for the groom, bride, attendants, everyone. What more could I ask for? Hanging out, with a camera for a few hours or more with a bunch of happy people.
Oh, and I like riding my bike!