I’m not that much of a mountain biker. Point of fact, I haven’t had a mountain bike for several years. But when Tony suggested this past weekend’s mountain bike race as an opportunity to get out and shoot together, I jumped at the chance. I haven’t had too many chances to photograph people, and this also was a chance to try some new things for me – panning, etc.

Tony was shooting the event in place of a friend, who is the normal “official” photographer but had booked a wedding before the date of the race was changed. As such we were trying to catch good photos of each racer. This led to us parking in a few places waiting for the riders to get to our position, whence we would commence clicking away.

On most of my shoots, I get perhaps a 5-10% keeper rate. With the position set in advance, I found my rate of keeper photos up in the 90% range. Basically I would have to experiment with a position for a short while to find the proper exposure and framing, then wait for each racer to get to the right position. The framing was almost always on, and the only variable ended up being whether I tripped the shutter at the right time to get focus spot-on…

Sadly, while the technique was effective at getting shots, the process became almost boring. Our last position I burned almost an entire CF card without moving from one spot…

Not sure if I have a larger point in this post. Perhaps its just that I could see how shooting events like this regularly could get rather monotonous…