Slickrock Trail, Moab, Utah

Ron Niebrugge Moab, Photos, Travel, Utah 5 Comments

Mountain biking on the Slickrock Trail, Moab, Utah.

Mountain biking on the Slickrock Trail, Moab, Utah.

Since we rode the awesome Slickrock Bike Trail yesterday, I thought this would be a good time to post this photo.  It was sure a blast – and we were much faster then last year, that always feels good.

I didn’t bring my camera on the ride, as it is too heavy.  This photo was from two Fridays ago, we did this the night before the 24 Hours of Moab Bike Race.  You see I don’t do much shooting with multiple, off camera flashes and wanted to practice a bit before the actual race.

Most of my flash use is for a minor bit of fill light.  For this, mounting the flash on the camera works fine, as the light is usually just there for a bit of catch-lit in the eyes of an animal, and to brighten the subject a bit – the light really isn’t noticeable to the viewer.  When the flash provides a larger amount of the light source, I think it is important to get the flash off the camera and off to the side, and even behind the subject.

So I practiced multiple setups right up until near total darkness – I wanted some night shots.  I felt like I had everything dialed in, and wouldn’t you know it, on the day of the race my wireless transmitter worked for 3 tests shots and then died.  Nothing seemed to fix it, not even new batteries.

Well clouds saved the day for my daytime shooting as they helped defuse the light and soften the shadows, I didn’t really need flash.  For my night shots, I ended up setting up the camera on a tripod and opening the shutter for about 10 seconds, and manually popping the flash from off to one side to light the bikers.  After a couple adjustments to my distance and the flash power, this totally manual technique actually worked pretty well.  So much for being prepared.

Comments 5

  1. Ron,
    Too bad this didn’t’ work for you during the race because I really like the lighting you had set up. Looks naturalish but also kills those harsh shadows. Great work and good work improvising on the real thing.

  2. Hey Ron,

    Cool shot .. sorry to hear about the flash troubles though .. bummer.

    Maybe you could spend some of the cash you make from all those cover shots (the current AK magazine) to buy your wife some mountain biking gloves so her fingers don’t get all chewed up.

    Janine, great work with the toe cages. 🙂

    Cheers

    Carl

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    Thanks Drew!

    Hi Carl – yeah, she was able to get both feet in the clips – I think Janine knew you would bust her if she didn’t!

    Gloves! How about real peddles first.

    Thanks,

    Ron

  4. Hey Ron,

    I’d go with gloves .. even just for the photos .. but definitely for comfort riding .. Janine’s WAY tougher than me if she rode the trail with no gloves. My bike doesn’t leave the road unless I have gloves on my hands … hell, I’ll wear gloves before my helmet, even. I think the cages are fine for the photos . I don’t think it’ll matter one bit for sell-ability … and I doubt you’re marketing these mountain biking magazines anyway, right? For travel stuff, the cages won’t matter at all … but torn and blistered hands and bleeding fingers won’t help sales to AlaskaAir magazine. 🙂

    Have you got any photos of her riding the trail on the back wheel?

    Cheers

    Carl

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    Hi Carl,

    I hope you are right on the cages. Yeah, we are thinking travel and soft adventure publications, they probabably prefer cages. I hadn’t thought about gloves. There are some great bike shops here in Moab, maybe we will take a look. We have worn out our tires – need to replace those as well.

    Thanks,

    Ron

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