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Over the Lip!

Posted by
Scott F. Schilling (San Martin, United States) on 15 June 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

I had the job to shoot a mountain bike race on Saturday - the Dirty Gears Series at Harvey Bear Ranch in San Martin, California. Here is an image of one of the competitors in the Elite Division coming over a rise on a downhill section of the race.

I scouted this section of the track a 1/2 hour prior to the start of the race and set up knowing that the competitors would have a good chance of getting air over this section of the course. The challenge was, I couldn't see them before they arrived and went airborne. I would pre-focus on a spot ready for the rider to show up and then shoot fast with a shutter speed that would freeze the action of the rider in the air. I also used a monopod to stabilize the camera and allow me to pan through a series of exposures, smoothly, as the rider was passing by.

NIKON D3 1/1250 second F/2.8 ISO 320 160 mm

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Great capture, the right moment. Very clean image.

15 Jun 2010 5:52am

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

The immediate is manifestly as well a technique as kept silent mastery perfectly. I like very much, it is cheerful, alive, colored!

15 Jun 2010 5:53am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Perfect timing.

15 Jun 2010 5:54am

larans from Lund, Sweden

A jump of joy for the spotlight maybe? Great shot just in the right tenth of a second.
PS: Your picture that got the spotlight is really amazing.

15 Jun 2010 6:19am

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

Nice action shot.

15 Jun 2010 8:38am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Just in time... as always ;) Great action shot Scott, very nice work ! Have a wonderful day :)

15 Jun 2010 9:08am

LB Vision from PARIS, France

Génial, très beau cliché et excellent timing !! Peace !

15 Jun 2010 9:26am

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Excellent execution of your plan!

15 Jun 2010 10:38am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Nicely done Scott! Looks like a fun event. ;-)

15 Jun 2010 11:25am

Xerophytes from London, United Kingdom

I love the blue color! it's so wonderful! Great action pic, you nailed it, right on time!

15 Jun 2010 11:59am

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Wonderful action shot, stopped 'dead'.

15 Jun 2010 12:53pm

alex centrella from California, United States

Fantastic catch, and thanks for stoping by my site ..

15 Jun 2010 2:03pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

perfectly done Scott! Your scouting paid off in a big way! You are such a talented and dedicated photographer who seems to transition easily from landscape to sports to weddings! Fantastic work!

15 Jun 2010 2:11pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Dynamite capture! Congrats on the Spotlight.

15 Jun 2010 3:31pm

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

Fantastic action Scott! I realy like mountain biking!!

15 Jun 2010 3:56pm

jelb from France

A very nice instant capture..Amazing composition and lightness..bravo!

15 Jun 2010 4:31pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

An attention grabber Scott, not a tree, waterfall, or lake in sight!
Just shows your versatility eh?

15 Jun 2010 5:16pm

KBR from Geneva, Switzerland

Number 1, :), Excellent action, lovely light!

15 Jun 2010 6:32pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

your preparation, persistence and anticipation have been well rewarded Scott...quality!

15 Jun 2010 7:30pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Great timing - he has air under his tyres.

15 Jun 2010 8:12pm

Sandy Weston from Madison, Maine, United States

Cool mid air too! Nice color and action :)

15 Jun 2010 8:19pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Excellent shot and timing, really splendid. Good day.

15 Jun 2010 9:15pm

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

Very nice compo and blue toning! Great timing and exciting record!

15 Jun 2010 9:16pm

Behzad from Shi, Iran

wowwwwwwwwwwww amazing

15 Jun 2010 11:11pm

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

This is amazing in every aspect! This is a SUPERB! Need i say more! :)

15 Jun 2010 11:48pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Perfect action shot. Great POV.

15 Jun 2010 11:48pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

great action shot! superb sharpness and details!

16 Jun 2010 1:32am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Excellent action shot! Bravo

16 Jun 2010 2:24am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Your versatility is so stunning Scott!! Just when one is prepared to be knocked out by a stunning landscape, you leap out like a Jack in the Box on a Bike!!!!! LOL!! Wonderful...awesome capture with stunning detail!!!

16 Jun 2010 6:39am

Julie from Easton, United States

Awesome motion shot!

16 Jun 2010 6:41am

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Thats a great shot, perfect timing

16 Jun 2010 8:57am

Philip from South Wales, United Kingdom

Well executed. Thanks for letting us know how you prepared beforehand.

16 Jun 2010 11:15am

`Paul from Minneapolis, United States

great capture

16 Jun 2010 3:58pm

Val37 from Tours, France

Very nice colors and composition !

16 Jun 2010 4:30pm

Will from Japan

Good shot, you got a nice bit of air there. Sounds like a tough one when you couldn't see the bikers before they came over the lip, a great spot for the shots but must have been tricky. It's at times like that you need someone to wave a flag to indicate someone is coming.

16 Jun 2010 11:50pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Beautiful capture of this action shot. He looks like he's almost on top of you. Hopefully you didn't stun him. ;-) Thank you for dropping the "spot ready" idea!

17 Jun 2010 3:13am

Bethany from Michigan, United States

Great challenge and nice capture.

17 Jun 2010 3:51pm

Mamyni from Argenteau-Visé, Belgium

Very good shot!

17 Jun 2010 4:30pm

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

Airborne! I just thought you should know that 'Monterey John' Wilson and I just met for the first time - over a cup-of-joe along The Embarcadero. We got talking about AM3 and that instantly brought your name into the conversation. You were unanimously voted the most impressive artist of our gifted tribe. John Maslowski, Evelyne Dubos, Hugo Poon, and OrdinaryImages Jerry are all worthy of the title - but what sets you apart is your willingness to be up at any hour - in any weather - at any elevation - to capture the best of life's light.

17 Jun 2010 7:06pm

Vahid from Tabriz, Iran

wow good shot!

17 Jun 2010 9:20pm

Dutch from Chicagoland, United States

That has to be very hard to predict if there is any width to the paths they ride. They can shoot up and out in a variety of ways. Your study of the terrain got you the shot. To know you had no warning even more of a test. Great action here!

18 Jun 2010 4:40am

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

I'm with Dutch! Preparation and confidence . Very Nice piece.

18 Jun 2010 1:39pm

steve loos from hollister, United States

Our local Rotary group put the new benches in Harvey Bear - hope you used them! Nice shot Scott!

22 Jun 2010 4:32am