|| After such a long, mild winter in Utah, it feels right to hit the trail again. Today, I rode in the morning with friend and photographer Stan Evans, and in the afternoon with Re Wikstrom and athlete Shaun Raskin. Both laps were along the Shoreline trail, eventually dropping into the Bobsled downhill trail. A beautiful day, good friends, a little mud, and lots of laughs. Can’t beat the fact that living in SLC might mean dirty air some days, but it affords incredible access to world class riding everyday. The dog’s name is Nelson. ||

Time Trial

|| Rather than pound away at the standard stuff that I like to shoot I decided to challenge myself and take on something new. I bought the cheapest metal watch I could find at Target, a few pieces of black poster board, and some tape. After rigging up the watch on a Bogen Magic arm to suspend it above table, I positioned a few pieces of black poster board to flag off light spill, set up two used SB-80dx (one optical triggered and one firing from a Pocket Wizard) and used a third piece of black poster board as a black background (but with proper lighting you can turn even white background black). Once shot I dumped all the images into Adobe Lightroom and then directly transferred to Adobe Photoshop CS6 Beta. Once in Photoshop it was just a matter of curve, level, and tone adjustments along with some clone-stamping and patching to correct watch imperfections and dust spots. Honestly the WB isn’t the best between the images, but this was a trial run. Also because this watch is budget-grade it has imperfections I didn’t bother correcting. Ultimately I learned quite a bit about specular highlights, controlling reflections, product styling, image correcting, the difficulties of managing flags, etc. Solid exercise with a valuable payoff. ||

Equipment Used

  • Canon 5D Mk II @ 200, f7.1 / RAW
  • Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro Lens @ manual focus
  • 2 Pocketwizard Plus II Radio Transceivers
  • Bogen Magic Arm
  • Bogen Super Clamp
  • 2 beat up Bogen 9ft Light Stands
  • Black Poster Board, white poster board & a grip of spring clamps
  • Adobe Photoshop CS6 Beta