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    PHOTOS – showdown at sugar

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    I spent a nice relaxing weekend in the NC mountains (Boone area) with a couple other photographer friends. It was pretty much foggy and raining off and on all weekend, so not too many opportunities for large landscape photos… I really hoped to come home with a few images of the nice scenic views from the western part of the state. Oh well.

    I did enjoy my time spent at Sugar Mountain in Banner Elk, NC. They held a NORBA NSMB event, which a few other BF members have posted about. The DS racing was pretty awesome. I chased photos of the Semi-Pro/Pro DS on Saturday afternoon. Definitely some exiting racing on a pretty cool course. Sunday I checked out the Pro DH and a little short track racing. A fellow photo-dork acted as a lighting assistant throughout most of my time on the mountain, which worked out pretty well. Here a couple of photos I snagged plus a gallery to check out some of the others---> sugar gallery


    Jr. Expert Short Tack - NC local


    Semi Pro DS – unknown rider, but I really like the image


    First wooded section on the DH course
    (My wife actually wants to hang this one in the house )


    I'll prolly add a few more photos to the gallery this weekend.

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    As usual, very nice. I like that last one as well.
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    As always great pic's

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    Very nice. I especially like the first and last photos.

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    Nice! What type of camera did you use?

    (figured I'd get that out of the way)

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    That last shot is absolutely killer

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    Gimme some sugar!

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    Awesome. Really.
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    Thanks peeps!! I prettymuch freaked out when I got home and viewed these on the monitor. I was pretty sure things were going well in the field, but wow… I was waaaaaaaay stoked on these.

    A kid I know from around town doing a road gap in the lower parking lot…



    Another from the sugar gallery

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    That last one is fantastic. I really, really like it.
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    Gorgeous photos, especially the last one in the first post - looks like it's strait out of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
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    Great shots. Love that one of Herndog and Bangart.
    Like a circus monkey on a stolen Harley......

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    How possible would it be to get a high res version for my desktop?...pic number rules the earth...hmm fog, wet and roots...there ain't anything better

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    There is something about B&W images that is just really cool. Good job!

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    Again thanks for the props.

    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker66 View Post
    Great shots. Love that one of Herndog and Bangart.
    It was really tight racing for sure...


    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom View Post
    How possible would it be to get a high res version for my desktop?...pic number rules the earth...hmm fog, wet and roots...there ain't anything better
    I could put together a desktop size image... Which one and what size?

    I've been doing lots of B&W images lately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by highrevs View Post
    Another from the sugar gallery:
    Now that's a money shot. Great stuff as usual, highrevs. Thanks for making what looks like a great event come alive for us.

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    /\/\ The intentional "blur" of the front tire really lets the viewer feel the speed/action! That is a great shot you captured.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Jays View Post
    /\/\ The intentional "blur" of the front tire really lets the viewer feel the speed/action! That is a great shot you captured.
    Thanks blue Jays. I'm glad you picked up on that. Showing details relating to motion is one property i try and convey in most of my action images.

    Quote Originally Posted by dminor View Post
    Now that's a money shot. Great stuff as usual, highrevs. Thanks for making what looks like a great event come alive for us.
    The event it self was a good bit smaller than last year, as far as the racer/spectator turn out. I can only presume that Crankworx was the reason for the no show of some of the big names like Hill, Graves, Havukainen, that were here last year. I was bummed to a small degree. Mainly due to the event just felt like it went by too quickly. There is also a race at Snowshoe this weekend, which i think a bunch of the weekend warrior types/locals are opting for instead of this past race at Sugar.

    Another angle of the lower parking lot road gap - We talked a girl into putting her v-dub in harms way for the sake of the photo... It was pretty cool.
    Last edited by highrevs; 08-05-07 at 11:25 AM. Reason: late night posting rocks...

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    Just WoW

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    Quote Originally Posted by highrevs View Post
    Thanks blue Jays. I'm glad you picked up on that. Showing details relating to motion is one property i try and convey in most of my action images.



    The event it's self was good bit smaller than last year, as far as the racer/spectator turn out. I can only presume that Crankworx was the reason for the no show of some of the big names like Hill, Graves, Havukainen, that where here last year. I was bummed to a small degree. Mainly due to the event just felt like it went by to quickly with fewer riders. There is also a race at Snowshoe this weekend, which i think a bunch of the weekend warrior types/locals are opting for instead of this past race at Sugar.

    Another angle of the lower parking lot road gap - We talked a girl into putting her v-dub in harms way for the sake of the photo... It was pretty cool.
    Nice, Id never do that with my car...
    Just something I wanted to point out.. large grassy area on the bottom half of the picture is really distracting from the main focus... I know its showing how large the drop is.. but still very distracting. (Or maybe I just need to just sit back farther from my screen)

    Still great photos, better action photos than I could hope to take.
    Last edited by Nickds7; 08-04-07 at 02:33 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickds7 View Post
    Nice, Id never do that with my car...
    Just something I wanted to point out.. large grassy area on the bottom half of the picture is really distracting from the main focus... I know its showing how large the drop is.. but still very distracting. (Or maybe I just need to just sit back farther from my screen)

    Still great photos, better action photos than I could hope to take.
    Don't be a hater.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickds7 View Post
    Nice, Id never do that with my car...
    Just something I wanted to point out.. large grassy area on the bottom half of the picture is really distracting from the main focus... I know its showing how large the drop is.. but still very distracting. (Or maybe I just need to just sit back farther from my screen)

    Still great photos, better action photos than I could hope to take.
    That’s cool.
    The main focus or idea behind the image was to show the scale more than detail the x-up over the car. For me, the grass catches my eye first then the slope of the landing leads my eye up the image towards the sky. To me it helps give the image depth and accomplishes showing the scale of the “over all idea”, the gap, trick and a little insight into the environment...

    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Fagerlin View Post
    Sometimes you wish for blue skies and you get "stuck" with dramatic fogginess (ma nature's instant bokeh).

    Great shots. The fog, flat light, and obscured sight lines lend a great deal of drama to your great captures.
    Thanks Pete! I was hoping for the blue sky scenario, but once I got into the woods and saw how the light played through the fog and how lush the wet surroundings appeared… I felt like I had a recipe for really dramatic photos, but (wow) I ended up a little surprised by the results.

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    Thanks for the offer highrevs, if you are willing I would love



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    I love your shots and perspecting...really makes me wanna go ride

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    Great shots man!!!

    I'm an amateur photographer myself. Did couple of wedding gigs. I usually do travel photography.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom View Post
    Thanks for the offer highrevs, if you are willing I would love

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    I love your shots and perspecting...really makes me wanna go ride
    Sure thing man, let me find a little time this evening and I'll throw a few together. Glad you're diggen my work!!


    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm94 View Post
    Great shots man!!!

    I'm an amateur photographer myself. Did couple of wedding gigs. I usually do travel photography.
    Thanks! I'm dabbling in weddings and portraits also... they make money, but they don't feel nearly as rewarding as some of my moments in action related photos.

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