Mountain Mayhem 24hr mountain bike race

Discussion in 'Sports' started by Mark Hoy, Jun 24, 2012.

  1. Mark Hoy

    Mark Hoy Member

    A few shots from this weekend's Mountain Mayhem, a 24 hour mountain bike race (either teams or solo riders) held at Eastnor Castle deer park.

    I'm glad I wasn't doing it this year..

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    The last shot is of the showers.. ;-)
     
  2. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Wonderful shots, especially numbers 2 and 9 for me. Great movement in both, and perfect in black and white.
     
  3. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    I agree, the B&W action shots really do stand out. Great set overall though.
     
  4. Mark Hoy

    Mark Hoy Member

    Many thanks :)
     
  5. Chris Dodkin

    Chris Dodkin West Coast Correspondent

    Man that looks muddy!

    Love the off road sports car! :D

    Really like the scene setting shots, and the B&W pan shots - great feeling of motion and action, and the B&W suits the damp conditions!

    Is the rusty cylinder at the end the still for the moonshine? ;)
     
  6. Glen Roberts

    Glen Roberts Well-Known Member

    Must have been a tough course, the man in shot 10 has lost a wheel and his handlebars;).
     
  7. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    Very nice set, Mark. Number 2 is the standout for me. Although 9 and 11 are very good too. (9 in particular.)
     
  8. Garry Lee

    Garry Lee Member

    I'm with like-minded people here! 2 and 9 for me. You'd get lambasted for them on Dpreview.com where sharpness is the ONLY photographic criterion!!
     
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2012
  9. 2, 9 and 11 for me too. They have a couple of 12/24hr mountain bike races over here as well, you can do it solo or in teams also.
     
  10. Hamish Gill

    Hamish Gill Well-Known Member

    Absolutly agree!
    Number 2 has such a frantic feel to it with most of the frame being made up of blured people!

    Very true Garry!
    Dp review isn't about photography it's about cameras ...
    Technique, not art ...
    the technique of art is unfortunately lost on many there IMO
     
  11. Julian de'Courcy

    Julian de'Courcy Well-Known Member

    Mark I know how difficult it can be getting over not only the action of these types of events but also the sense of the fun side, conditions and how seriously a few take on the challenges. You have overall captured everything these events can give. The BW images in particular are very good and your images here have certainly given me some ideas for the next time I find myself at a similar type of event. Thanks for showing.
     
  12. Mark Hoy

    Mark Hoy Member

    Thanks for all the comments, very much appreciated :)

    I nearly deleted #2 when I reviewed them all but I liked the sense of movement so decided to see what I could get out of it. I'm trying to let go of the "must be technically good" mindset and let "photography is art" lead me. At events like these and gig photography I always wondered how I could create as it seemed as if I all could do was capture what was happening- whether I was there or not - I've always tried to challenge myself to break this train of thought and hopefully it's slowly starting to bear fruit.
     

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