24hr Old Pueblo MTB race (pic heavy)

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  1. SpaceManSpiff

    SpaceManSpiff TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Dec 13, 2013
    Tucson, AZ
    Near where I live, there is an annual 24hr mountain bike race. With over 500 teams racing, a bunch of crew members, and spectators, a tent-city sprouts up in the middle of the desert for a week. It was nice be able to catch some of the action in the late afternoon for a change. All shots are with the NEX-6 and the Pentax-M 80-200 f/4.5

    Dusty Trail.

    Prescott College Chase

    Colorado riders were excited about the good weather.

    Some were hurting as they were slogging up the long uphill back towards the start/finish line on the 15 mile loop.

    Others were charging hard into the corners in a brief flat section.
    Get some

    There was a fun variety of bikes and riders (young, old, serious and casual) in the event. From rigid singles, to suspensioned fatty's, and even coaster bikes.
    Fat 'n' Cranky

    The late afternoon sun provided some nice light.
    Matching set

    Of course there were plenty of ladies on course.
    On the tail of the Unicorn

    Red flag rider (in the fading light I had to bump the ISO up). ISO 400

    Grin and bear it

    It was clear that some folks brought the big guns for the event.
    Eyes up

    The final moments of sunlight had a wonderful gentle feel
    Lone rider (ISO 800)

    I have some late evening/night shots from the A7ii I will add later. Thanks for looking!

    EDIT: evening and night pictures are now in Post #8
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2016
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  2. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    What a great event and a lovely time of the year to be holding it.

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  3. SpaceManSpiff

    SpaceManSpiff TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Dec 13, 2013
    Tucson, AZ
    It was a really fun event. Not so serious --one team was wearing Tutus, others pajamas. And a perfect day too.
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  4. southy

    southy TalkEmount Veteran Subscribing Member

    Feb 5, 2014
    Looks like sweet countryside for a ride. Some great shots and nice lighting for it.

    BTW did you not get the memo that said you can't shoot sports with a mirrorless camera, ;)
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  5. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    All great shots, but I think I like the light in the last one best.

    Where are the motors on those things? :hmmm:
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  6. Mus Aziz

    Mus Aziz TalkEmount All-Pro

    Sep 3, 2015
    Nice photos Eric :thumbup:
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  7. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 12, 2014
    Arrid Zone-A, USA
    Fantastic images, and very cool event. It's an experience to mtb in the Sonoran desert, and all mtb enthusiasts should try single-tracking in the rocky desert.
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  8. SpaceManSpiff

    SpaceManSpiff TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Dec 13, 2013
    Tucson, AZ
    As the sun went down, it was time to switch to the low-light camera set-up with the A7ii and the OM50 1.4

    Sunset at Tent City. (ISO 200)

    There was a lot of action in the tent city. With food vendors, beer garden, massage tables, bike mechanics, it was busy. Many were gathered near the start/finish line and while most were social, some opted to wait for their riders in solitude.

    Waiting (ISO 800)

    After some experimentation, I settled on using the spill light from the floods at the start/finish distance to illuminate the riders while panning. Although the hit rate was so-so, I got some keepers

    We made the list (ISO 4000, f/2.8, 1/125sec)

    Last push (ISO 4000, f/2, 1/100sec)

    24hrs of Southern Discomfort (ISO 4000, f/2.8, 1/160sec)

    End of the ride (ISO 4000, 1/125sec)

    Thanks Southy! It is a nice spot and the snow capped Mt. Lemmon made for a nice backdrop. No, I was out of the office the day that memo got circulated!

    While I was looking for some day-time shots, I stumbled across a guy sitting on a folding chair surrounded by a bunch of equipment, looking at his laptop while snacking on some peanuts. I thought he was a race official keeping track of timing, etc. It did cross my mind that it was a bit odd he was out in the sticks instead of over by the start/finish line. Eventually, he looked up. "Hey, you are in my shot!" What? "You have walked into my shot!" I look around. Ooops! Sure enough, I had. All that equipment was for an elaborate remote-triggering system for a Canon DSLR. Not being the photography experience i was aiming for, I moved on to another location.

    Thanks, David! I like the light in that one too, right in the transition from golden hour to blue hour.

    Thanks, Will! It looks like a hoot with a lot of fun people. With the extra rain this year, the trails have been looking good.
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  9. Nexnut

    Nexnut TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Dang, I've had an eye on the A7II for quite a while, looked at ...knows how many shots but this one finally got me:


    Damn fine shot (and series) Eric! I already have one of the latest 50/1.4 Zuikos in a box somewhere and some more fine glass to use on that camera. Now can you believe that someone offered me a hardly used A7II + 2870 for 1100€ last week and I said no thanks. I must have been extra nuts that day.
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  10. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Great series indeed. The photos with the mountain at the background are amazing imo - and great lighting!!!

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  11. chrid

    chrid Super Noob

    May 5, 2014
    Great series! Feel exhausted just looking at that motor bike tyre in fat n cranky.
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  12. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Very impressive low light actions shot additions. :)

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  13. SpaceManSpiff

    SpaceManSpiff TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Dec 13, 2013
    Tucson, AZ
    Appreciate it, Nick! Yeah, the light was great...it was unusual to get that light at a race, usually it is either early morning or mid-day, almost never towards sunset.

    Thanks, Chris! Those fatties have been gaining some traction lately (haha! get it? oh nvm :p)...and I bet they can be really handy around here when the sandy trails get loose as they dry up.

    Thanks Dave, I took many blurry shots trying to get the settings dialed in.
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  14. SpaceManSpiff

    SpaceManSpiff TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Dec 13, 2013
    Tucson, AZ
    Thanks, Ken! I really appreciate your comment.

    I got my A7ii in January, after reading every review I could find...and getting some hands-on time with a friend's camera this past summer. Honestly, the transition from my NEX-6 has been a little rough. I just gel with that little camera...and some of my adapted glass hasn't held up very well on the full-frame A7ii. Thankfully, my prized OM primes (I have the 24 2.8, 28 2.8, 50 1.4, and 135 2.8), are hanging in there. But on that night, it all came together. The big viewfinder is a boon, and being left-eye dominant having it in the center is nice as my nose isn't always smashed against the LCD screen like it is on the NEX-6. Manual focusing is definitely easier than on the NEX-6 for some reason; some of it might be the EVF, but a big part is also IBIS stabilizing the magnified view when in focus assist mode. To me there is also more feel in the shutter button.

    Funny you mention that image. I knew it, right when I took it that it was a winner. That three-dimensionality, and the detail in that ISO4000 image --would not have been achievable with the NEX-6.

    Oh, if you are wondering my copy of the OM50 1.4 is a later version with a serial number after 1,1 million.

  15. jarvan

    jarvan TalkEmount Regular

    Jan 27, 2013
    Nice photos, mostly BW and night are :2thumbs:
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