So here they are: the much anticipated photos from our recent Tsali, North Carolina mountain biking trip. I must say, that although there is plenty of room for criticism and “shoulda dones”, all in all, I am really pleased with the way these turned out. There are plenty more on my flickr page if you happen to look at these and want more.
I used two lenses that I rented for this trip: a 11-16mm f/2.8 and a 17-50 f/2.8. Both were a TON of fun (literally, since they were pro level lenses, they weighed a ton). I was astounded at the 11-16mm. It really shines in the group shot (minus, me, of course) where 5 riders are all seen in a hairpin turn. I cant describe to you all how amazing it was that I was able to capture that whole scene in one shot! I came home really lusting for the 17-50 f/2.8- it is a great all around lens. The 11-16 I loved, but it was easier to send back given its crazy high purchase price and the slightly more “specialized situation” category it fits into (if I were primarily a landscape photographer- It would be on my “gotta have” list).
Looking back, I wish I had played with the shutter speed a little more on some of the action shots, the riders all turned out a bit blurrier than I would have liked. I also wish I had played around with my flash some….but hey- this was a biking trip primarily- so I was really pleased to get as much photography in as I did. I was also really pumped that Saturday it was really cloudy (this happened to be the same day of the Nashville flood storms). Cloudy works great in the woods. It eliminates all those shadows and “hotspots” that can make a wooded scene difficult to photograph.
My favorite shot? The B & W of the rider going away from the camera.