Biking Shot at Long Lake

A biker on trails near Long Lake in Whitehorse, Yukon.

A rider hits the trails around Long Lake in Whitehorse, Yukon.

The assignment:

“Get an action shot for our front cover”.

Alright – that’s pretty wide open for an assignment. So I called up my friend Kirk,  who is into biking some local trails, and he was up for a little photosession.

We tried out a couple of spots around Long Lake here in Whitehorse. I knew I wanted to keep Kirk  in the shade – that way I could use my strobes to put light on him just the way I wanted.

After trying a bunch of action-stopping shots, we moved to our final location, and I decided to try out some longer exposures.

Using my strobe to light Kirk (effectively freezing him), I dragged my shutter and panned along with him, creating a nice motion-blurred  background. One key to making this work out right is to make sure you underexpose your background a little.

The motion-blurred shots came out much more interesting than any of the fully-frozen shots.

While this one didn’t run as the cover (another one from the session was chosen by the editor as the cover), I liked this one the best.

Keep pushing yourself, and don’t be afraid to try something new – it can turn out to be better than your pre-conceived ideas.

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