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davetrump davetrump's article
Jul 15, 2014 at 7:47
Jul 15, 2014
2014 World Cup DH: Mid-Term Review
There is meantion of Sam Dale, and a photo.
davetrump davetrump's article
Jul 8, 2014 at 15:04
Jul 8, 2014
A Peek Into Privateer Life On the World Cup DH Circuit
Track walk and practice schedules are published for each and every World Cup. I can only assume you guys went somewhere that was closed, and close to everyone. If you say top 80 were walking and your crew was kicke off I'm straight calling bullshit. I've attended as a racer or photographer dozens of WC races all over the world and there has never been a case of privateers getting kicked out of anything for simply being privateers. Follow the rules like everyone else, and don't blame the organizers saying they are just money grubbing and dishonest.
davetrump davetrump's article
Jul 8, 2014 at 14:01
Jul 8, 2014
A Peek Into Privateer Life On the World Cup DH Circuit
@DirtyDee riders in the top 80 get preferential practice. The sessions last longer and there is an additional session on the first day that includes timed training. for riders outside the top 80 practice is limited. Just a few hours the first day, and a few hours the second day right before qualifying runs. The above comments eluded to there being some UCI ulterior motive to keep the little guy down, and that simply is not the case. The World Cup is for the best riders in the world. It always has been, always will be, and honestly that is a good thing. washing gear, buying food, laundry, all happen outside of practice so it doesn't cut into the time. However mechanicals certainly do though, and factory supported or not if you are outside the top 80 and need to fix your bike it cuts deep into already short practice time.
davetrump davetrump's article
Jul 8, 2014 at 13:53
Jul 8, 2014
A Peek Into Privateer Life On the World Cup DH Circuit
@EeBzy there are two sides to every story. You called out Fort William so I'll address that one first off. That venue is small, very very small, and can barely hold the trade team trucks as it is. There is no parking for spectators on site, or media for that matter as there is simply not any extra room. The team trucks pay big money, yes, but that is to be expected at the highest level of any sport. Let's be honest, the World Cup is about the best of the best, and if you want to be catered to despite running plate #150 it's not going to happen here and you are better off at a local event. Thousands, yes thousands of people are bused into Fort William from a mile away so that's how it is. I mentioned in this article that being a privateer is about rolling with the punches and for that particular event the logistics of running such a heavily attended event in a remote area means no on site camping. So you adapt, and get accommodation down the road and car pool... it is what it is. Leogang, MSA, and a few other have HUGE overflow parking areas so there is actual space to set up on site. Sometimes it is free and sometimes you have to pay, but it is still cheaper than hotels and guest houses.
davetrump davetrump's article
Jul 8, 2014 at 10:58
Jul 8, 2014
A Peek Into Privateer Life On the World Cup DH Circuit
@Chezotron, I've definitely done my share if caravan life. Luckily for the World Cups I live/travel/work out of the truck in the first photo so it's not too bad at all.
davetrump davetrump's article
Jul 8, 2014 at 7:00
Jul 8, 2014
A Peek Into Privateer Life On the World Cup DH Circuit
There are a huge number of privateers in the top 80 and there is no discrimination against riders based in their level of sponsorship in regards to practice time.
davetrump davetrump's photo
Jun 29, 2014 at 20:24
Jun 29, 2014
How about no. It's a World Cup race during practice, not a photoshoot. Perhaps those of us who do this week in and week out for a living like a bit of a challenge now and again, and are no afraid of a bit of blur. The photo is as it was intended to be. No screw up or accident. Thanks for the tip on flashes and remotes. If I wanted my shots to look like your shots them maybe I would have taken them out of my bag. But if you want to play amateur photo critic, send over your portfolio an is be glad to give you my professional opinion.

davetrump davetrump's photo
Jun 28, 2014 at 7:56
Jun 28, 2014
For certain. The bull on the helmet and the logo on the goggles are sharp so technically the panning technique was spot of for all you know it alls. A DH rider through a fast rough 90 degree and steep corner is never the same distance from the lens, especially considering he was only 20 feet away. That and the jersey, bike, hands, body all shake on rough terrain. Literally no part sits still for 1/60th a second on a WC rider except maybe the helmet of it's not too rough (or if in the air) It's meant to be blurry or I would have used a higher shutter speed. I challenge you to stand there and shoot this. Also note that you can't see the rider coming from the right and therefor can follow them into the turn. You have a split second to compose the shot and pan. Good luck kids ;-)

davetrump davetrump's photo
Jun 28, 2014 at 7:44
Jun 28, 2014
@gladiax87 maybe if I take your advice I'll stop being so shit at the whole photography thing. Thanks for your advice hahahahaha ;-) I do love a good amateur hour photo critique from people who don't know the half of it.

davetrump davetrump's photo
Jun 14, 2014 at 12:58
Jun 14, 2014
Unfortunately I have no control over where the PB staff watermark goes. It is what it is so just enjoy the pic.

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