|My favorite shots of 2010
||[Dec. 31st, 2010|12:10 pm]
This past year had it's fair share of ups and downs for me. I traveled up and down both coasts, had a fairly drastic change in how I photograph, jumped into working with video, revisited medium/large format films, and had plenty of adventures along the way. This year I put my d3 through over 80,000 pictures, so I figured I'd take time to go over some of my favorites I snagged along the way. So here they are in no particular order:
This first shot of my friends Justin and Lori was one of my favorites as soon as I saw it on the lcd screen of my camera. They both photograph very well, the colors came out just how I wanted in post, and being my first shoot utilizing a four stop under neutral density filter I was really happy with the added focus it brought.
Even though this picture isn't technically one of my favorite, the content of it made me choose it for this post. We were on one of the final days of the DC Roughing it Tour at TJ Lavin's house when Chris Doyle gave me one of his signature turn downs while shooting a huge grin at the camera. That week was definitely one of the most fun weeks I had all year, bouncing from a new city every day with a great group of people really dedicated to what they do.
This shot of Alex riding down 8th Avenue towards Petco park didn't make the cut for Vittoria's calendar, but I always liked how he stood out just in front of the shadow, perched upon the rest of the city below.
Isaac skidding through a puddle backlit from a flash saw alot of circulation as it made it into Vittoria's calendar and was runner up in a photography competition here in San Diego. Needless to say I was a little bothered to see it lose to a slow shutter shot of a trolley in a station titled "America, The Beautiful", but I was really happy with the composition and moment of exposure.
If any pictures holds my blood, sweat, and tears it's this shot of DJ loading a shotgun to deal with Jon the zombie at a snowy abandoned airforce base outside San Diego. Twelve hours of organizing drivers, make up artists, cyclists, assistants, and my little pug-poodle named Bukowski left me drained. The forecast for the day was supposed to be 50 degrees with a 40% chance of rain so I thought I prepared for the worst, but when we arrived it was 30 degrees and snowing leaving everyone completely underdressed. To make matters worse, the client never paid me a dime for the shot, leaving me to spend hundreds of dollars for a picture they used for a cover. However, if I had a chance to do it all over I wouldn't change a thing. It was a great learning experience, I learned alot editing this picture, and I'm really happy with what I produced.
It was hard choosing just one picture from my New York City trip, but Jake grabbing a sedan while on his fixed gear seemed like my favorite of the bunch. I had Jake doing passes in front of a flash a block away from Bicycle Film Festival and wasn't getting anything good, but then he spied a car with a rolled down window and we pulled this off. It was my first chance to meet alot of people who I've followed online for quite a while, and make alot of new friends. New York City is by far my favorite city I've riden in, and I had a blast doing it with so many new faces.
My one posed shot I chose for this entry is of DJ out at a dry lake bed about a half an hour North of Las Vegas. I stupidly forgot all my flashes and lenses leaving me with just my usual 50mm, but we made the best of it and produced work I was really happy with.
While out with DC's bmx team on tour, one of my greatest challenges was trying to shoot bmx photos that didn't look like bmx photos. I really pushed my compositions while on the road, and was happy enough with this shot that I had to squeeze in a second one from that week.
Shooting the Leader catalogue took alot of planning and organizing, but having to work with so many of my friends on it left it not feeling much like work at all. This picture of Tyler and Terrence was by far my favorite of the bunch, as they're both naturals in front of the camera and helped me make some great images. You'd never know that I was walking backwards shooting three pictures a second yelling at them "NO LOOK OVER THERE, SLOW DOWN, SHIFT THE BIKE".
This last shot of Emi was an easy choice for the cut. My friend Alex was filming Emi for an online edit and I tagged along with my camera to get a few shots. The exposure wasn't anything like this off camera, but I lost a good friend at this intersection a few years back and it holds too many heavy memories for me to look at it with a happy outlook, so I dropped the clouds in as heavy as I could and slammed the blacks to show off the scene how I kind of feel about it. Emi in my opinion is by the strongest rider I've had the privilege to photograph, and despite taking up so little of the picture, I enjoy how heavily the composition is weighted towards him.