In Case You Missed It
Yes, I do still shoot bike racing, just not nearly as much as I used to (mostly a conscious decision.) But when I do I try to make it cuont. Certainly shooting Adam C winning NORBA mountain bike nationals at Mt Snow was worth it. AC was going so fast on the downhills, just visibly much faster than any other rider. The challenge turned out to be the course change, which eliminated the first section of technical riding in the woods. That section was where I liked shooting because it was so close to the base area. When you’re carrying over 100 lbs of camera/lighting stuff by yourself climbing halfway up a ski mountain is zero fun and that’s exactly what I was forced to do this year. But I did find the right spot and set up the full lighting system. Another photographer, who shoots a ton of racing, came by and asked if my set-up wasn’t “overkill.” I conceded that it was but that I’d not found a way to make images look like I wanted otherwise. He snickered. I still think it’s worth it but it may explain why I shoot racing sparingly.