Photos from a race that never happened on a trail that doesn't exist

Discussion in 'Gravity Junkies' started by tbarnesarc, Mar 30, 2018.

  1. tbarnesarc

    tbarnesarc Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Taylor
    Current Bike:
    2016 Giant Reign
    Figured I would share some of my latest snaps in the mtb realm. I was a bit rusty considering I hadn't been shooting much at all lately. I've shot this race 4 out of the last 5 years and it's really great practice for some techniques I was trying to get better at. Enjoy and let me know what ya think, good, bad or indifferent. :sneaky::cool:

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  2. bvader

    bvader Well-Known Member

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    HB
    Name:
    Stephen
    Dude Nice Job!!
    6 and 9 my favs


    Ruh..roow... Looks like a double thread, haven't seen that before
     
  3. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS
    Actually a triple
     
  4. tbarnesarc

    tbarnesarc Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Taylor
    Current Bike:
    2016 Giant Reign
    How do I delete the other two threads? So annoying that happened.
     
  5. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors MTB Addict

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    @Mikie cleanup on Aisles 2 & 3....:sneaky:
     
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  6. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/MTB Addict

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    Mikie Watson
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    I got this.... hold my beer.
     
  7. tbarnesarc

    tbarnesarc Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Taylor
    Current Bike:
    2016 Giant Reign
    Thanks and sorry about that. :confused:
     
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  8. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/MTB Addict

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    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
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    Yeti ASR5c, SC Hightower
    Sheesh!
    Absolutely no worries. Took 7 maybe 8 seconds? :)
     
  9. herzalot

    herzalot MTB Addict

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    Well that's 8 seconds you will never get back!

    Nice photos, Barnes! Haven't been on that trail that doesn't exist for about 5 years. It's time. I need to drag @Cougar down there as well.
     
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  10. tbarnesarc

    tbarnesarc Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Taylor
    Current Bike:
    2016 Giant Reign
    I don't know about venturing down that trail these days. Ash is a bit more intense. :unsure: I saw a guy break some ribs and puncture his lung that day. :eek: Andy from Crank Bros also took a bad crash that I didn't see. he snapped his collar bone near his shoulder and had some bone fragments floating around as a result. Fingers crossed his surgery went well today. :eek:
     
  11. evdog

    evdog Well-Known Member

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    San diego
    Name:
    Evan S
    Those Chiefs jerseys are sweet!
     
  12. littlewave

    littlewave Well-Known Member

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    Newport Beach
    Name:
    Brett
    Current Bike:
    Ibis Ripley LS
    Let me know when you want to go not ride this not trail...it would have been in good shape recently if it were real.
     
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  13. Rumpled

    Rumpled Well-Known Member

    Location:
    OC
    Name:
    Jim Martin
    Current Bike:
    2003 Giant Rainier
    I always hear about this race the day after it happens. Would be nice to find our ahead of time to watch. It's like a bunch of jumping reptiles.
     
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  14. sir crashalot

    sir crashalot Well-Known Member

    Location:
    laguna beach
    Name:
    gary fishman
    Great pics Barnes!
    Last time I looked at ash hill: “no thanks” (been a couple years)
    I don’t think folks work on the trail that doesn’t exist like they used to, nor is the drought conducive to that.
     
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  15. tbarnesarc

    tbarnesarc Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Taylor
    Current Bike:
    2016 Giant Reign
    It's harder and harder to find out these days as they keep it pretty tight lipped. The race a had too many people show up a few years back which made it more of a scene than intended. I think that's the reason they've been keeping it even more lowpro as of late.
     
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  16. littlewave

    littlewave Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Newport Beach
    Name:
    Brett
    Current Bike:
    Ibis Ripley LS
    I didn’t ride it about a month ago and the rut when you first don’t cross the fireroad was nasty. I rode it again just after the race would have happened and someone had definitely been moving some dirt around, or, they would have, if this were a trail.
     
  17. von-diggity

    von-diggity New Member

    Location:
    that one place...
    Name:
    Matt
    Current Bike:
    SLAYER
    Did Lopes win again?
     
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  18. Derkderkall

    Derkderkall Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Covina
    Name:
    Derek Allison
    Current Bike:
    2012 Rockhopper 29
    Nice shots!
    May I ask what setup you shoot with?
     
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  19. tbarnesarc

    tbarnesarc Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Taylor
    Current Bike:
    2016 Giant Reign
    Lopes wasn't there this year. Think he was out of town. I believe Lawwill won but I didn't go to the pit afterwords so not completely sure.
     
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  20. tbarnesarc

    tbarnesarc Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Taylor
    Current Bike:
    2016 Giant Reign
    No problem. Here's my kit as of now.

    Camera Body:
    Canon 5D Mk 3 w/ battery grip

    Lenses:
    Canon EF 16-35mm f/4.0L IS (used for the sand bag jump shots)
    Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM (used for the ash hill shots)
    Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM (didn't use this lens that day)

    Flashes:
    (2) Yongnuo YN-560 III Speedlights (didn't use these that day)

    Editing Software:
    Adobe Lightroom
     
  21. MrGreedom

    MrGreedom Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Name:
    Ryan
    Current Bike:
    BH Lynx6
    Good or dare I say great shots
    Bad-ass riders
    Indifferent to you not sharing where this trail is if this caliber of riders are breaking bones and puncturing lungs :speechless:
     
  22. Faust29

    Faust29 MTB Addict

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon & Dead Highball
    My crosseyed amatuer eyes really like the framing, and the way you incorporated the terrain, surroundings, and spectators. It wasn't just "bike and rider". I'm guessing that you bumped the colors a bit, but they don't look blown out or unnatural.

    I'd buy shots from you... But only if you make me look skinnier and faster. :p
     
  23. tbarnesarc

    tbarnesarc Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Taylor
    Current Bike:
    2016 Giant Reign
    Thanks @Faust29 ! I believe it was Margus Riga a few years back that told me MTB photos are essentially landscape shots with action contained within them. I guess that notion has stuck with me in some fashion. You are trying to tell a story after all. As for the post work I do, it's pretty minimal. I do shoot in RAW which means the colors do need to be bumped up a bit due to the flat nature of that file type. As most shooters do, I try to get it right in camera so it keeps the post work to a minimum.

    Photoshop can do wonders with making you look skinnier, not sure about making you look faster though! :eek:
     
  24. tbarnesarc

    tbarnesarc Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Taylor
    Current Bike:
    2016 Giant Reign
    I believe I sense some sarcasm...:eek: If you don't know that trail or what race that is then, well, I don't know what to tell ya... :whistling::sneaky::D
     
  25. Ebruner

    Ebruner Well-Known Member

    Name:
    Erik Bruner
    Current Bike:
    SC Hightower, Kona Hei Hei
    It's the sort of trail you access by leaving out the back door of your house.
     
  26. shawndoh

    shawndoh Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Lake Forest
    Name:
    shawn
    Current Bike:
    All bikes Giant.
    Wait for me! The shop put a Nomad into demo and I must try. :)
     
  27. Ebruner

    Ebruner Well-Known Member

    Name:
    Erik Bruner
    Current Bike:
    SC Hightower, Kona Hei Hei
    I would also be down to ride said trail, if it existed that is.
     
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  28. Rumpled

    Rumpled Well-Known Member

    Location:
    OC
    Name:
    Jim Martin
    Current Bike:
    2003 Giant Rainier

    Psst... slower shutter speeds.
     
  29. tbarnesarc

    tbarnesarc Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Taylor
    Current Bike:
    2016 Giant Reign
    Shhh.... Don't tell. :whistling: All jokes aside panning shots are a be-otch to nail...:bang:
     
  30. kioti

    kioti MTB Addict

    Name:
    Jim Jennings
    At least you're not buying/developing film.. Used to burn through a whole roll for a couple decent shots.

    Good stuff @tbarnesarc.