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53 Comments

  • + 50
 Best photo I've seen in awhile. And I saw the POY
  • + 14
 this is such a good lens choice
  • - 44
flag MattyP101 (Feb 11, 2014 at 0:13) (Below Threshold)
 i donno about everyone else but i see a creepy face on the bottom left on the trunk.... or just the wild shrooms i just had that's making me go crae crae
  • + 32
 what the f are you talking about?
  • - 6
flag BobBogdanWilliams (Feb 11, 2014 at 6:56) (Below Threshold)
 This is better then me mums bangers and mash...
  • + 5
 The colouring on this is exquisite.. The comp timing and riding are all good, but the lighting, and colours are just wow
  • - 21
flag MattyP101 (Feb 11, 2014 at 9:18) (Below Threshold)
 y'all gay. i still see a creepy face that's haunting me
  • - 6
flag its-sam (Feb 11, 2014 at 9:20) (Below Threshold)
 ^f*ck off
  • + 7
 you must have some ghosts at home Matty...
  • + 17
 Sam needs a snickers
  • + 18
 Matty needs to see a therapist
  • + 4
 Matty your not alone I see that face at the bottom left too. It's creepy!
  • + 1
 I still feel rejected by my fellow pb'ers Frown @Eric can you find someone to fix me?
  • + 1
 I see what you're talking about Matt lol also, i LOVE that shadow
  • + 10
 I think I understand what you photographers are on about, the way the rider is in great focus yet the trees around feel like they go way back and make it look like a long way back? Either way it's a really cool photo even to those of us that have never used anything more than a smart phone
  • + 1
 It's unreal how much difference there is between the 1.4 and 1.2, I'm sure the L series elements have something to do with it.
  • + 7
 All to do with the ratios, 1.2-1.4 is a huge jump in aperture size compared to 1.4-1.6
  • + 1
 The Canon L S 50mm(1.2-1.4) Prime is very suitable for MTB photography, I've been using it for a long time because its so versatile in variable lighting conditions especially when you want to use a 1000-1600 shutter).
  • + 2
 Getting squirmy, love it, something so simple yet so well taken definitely deserves pod
  • + 1
 www.youtube.com/watch?v=44FqqE6ukjY
others think otherlike. I dunno!
  • + 2
 this photo sucks, I don't see it sorry.
  • + 2
 P.S. I don't care about your camera selection. this shot just doesn't impress me. the rider looks out a control and there's nothing to the terrain.
  • + 0
 Well you don't have to appreciate someones hard work and skills. Toby is a f*cking master behind the cam!
So is Flo on the bike and he is anything but out of control...
And how is this not awesome looking terrain?
  • + 2
 it's extremely flat, there seems to be no features or technical aspect or even lines. its just a dirt slope with a guy going out of his way to try and adapt some steeze to absolutely nothing.
  • + 0
 Its an volcanic ash trail with a little jump. In my opinion it looks like a really nice location (www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dq7tAMsADIw).

I just don't like people saying stuff like "this photo sucks". Hard work goes into shots like these and people just forget about their tone and manner in the internet.
Even if you think the location is boring this pic is far away from sucking but being a technically very well shot picture.

To each his own.
  • + 2
 sorry, i appreciate the effort and the quality of the photo but its just boring to me and doesn't represent what riding is about for me personally. Being a photographer is about taking criticism whether its constructive or not.
  • + 1
 I am happy to hear everybody's criticism, constructive or not. That doesn't include being bad-mannered though. Whatever it's all fine. Let's just keep it like this.
  • + 1
 Apart from "how difficult is to take sharp enough photo with 1.2 lens"
Why is this a POD?
  • + 1
 maybe its my eyes but i think the image is actually misfocused. seems to me that the trees to the right of the rider are much more in focus than the actual rider. b/c of this - the whole image is sort of thrown off for me.
  • + 1
 I agree - when looking at this in 1600 x 1050 you can tell it is clearly mis-focussed. The trees to the front of the rider on either side are pin sharp, and the rider is only just in focus. I like it as an ex photographer as it has "pop" and a 3D quality, but that's more down to the fact that a hugely expensive 50mm f1.2L was used instead of any special skills from the photographer.

Although after all is said and done, despite the missed focus, it's still POD worthy in my eyes Smile
  • + 3
 I haven't suggested this is a particularly difficult photo, but I do think it's technically interesting as I'm about 95% sure I couldn't do this with the 50 f/1.4 I have in my bag, and I like the feel of the shot a lot. With such a shallow depth of field getting the subject perfectly in focus is a big ask, but as a photographer I learnt a lot from told me, "sometimes it's enough just to get something in focus."
  • + 2
 Ironically the photographers account is "Teaminfocus" haha... I don't think it really matters that the rider is slightly out of focus, the depth of field is so shallow on those 50mm's I'd say getting this shot is an achievement.

Awesome photo Toby, you've earned yourself another follower Smile
  • + 1
 Deadly! it looks savage as a desktop background, makes me want to go on a bike!
  • + 1
 Its more about trying something else than tele lenses in action shoots. But still it looks pretty cool Smile
  • + 0
 So I clearly don't have the photographers eye to see what's so incredible about this picture... Anyone mind explaining to me what's so awesome about it?
  • + 10
 Depth of field, placement, balance, simplicity. Shot at 1.2 aperature.. (super shallow depth of field, need a very fast lens for the subject to be in focus)
  • + 0
 I'm with you Lav, I don't see it either.
  • + 11
 It's a photo for Photographers... They find large apertures more of a turn on than big tits.
  • + 2
 Put the photo in largest resolution, notice there are relatively low levels of light, normally this would mean blurring on an action shot but even the spokes are sharply in focus. then notice the trees in the distance are not in focus but have not blended into one blurry mess and are still trees of the same colour as the sharp ones in the fore. The composition is great, the action rad and the colours of the rider totally pop n sh1t. This is all possible because the lens is able to take in a lot of light very quickly (not a photographer)
  • + 1
 right above the rider is a large area of CA - i wish that was cleaned up. it really distracts me from the image
  • + 1
 wow! i didint knew is that possible, F1.2 sharp action shot, thanx.
  • + 1
 a bent rim is what happened next aha
  • + 1
 bitch is sideways! yeah dogg!
  • + 1
 This is such a great shot. Amazing!
  • + 1
 This is awesome! Looks like the rider is suspensed in time..
  • + 1
 stunning work. love the look of the trail, too
  • + 1
 ssssiiiiiiicccccccckkkkkkkkkk
  • + 1
 jesus
  • + 1
 Sick jesus!
  • + 1
 Look´s amazing !!
  • + 1
 sick!

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