Allen and Max playing follow the leader on the local mountain. Photo: Tony Tarumoto
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Allen and Max playing follow the leader on the local mountain. Photo: Tony Tarumoto

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  • + 16
 Very good Tony.
  • + 32
 i wouldnt be surprised if this made POD
  • + 39
 this is sick. i feel this vibe coming off it with the whole b&w, watching them through the trees, with those mean looking full faces. almost feels like theyre coming for you.
  • + 11
 One of the best B&W pictures I have ever seen
  • + 5
 So sick! B&W is epic i love the composition
  • + 4
 very nice shot.
  • + 1
 exelent picture
  • + 5
 this is a great POD...the first thing i noticed was that they had the same sick helmets...no pick has ever drawn me in like this one has
  • - 63
flag suicidedownhiller (Aug 10, 2009 at 0:11) (Below Threshold)
 I reallllllly don't like this one. I can appreciate the artistic-ness to it, but not doin it for me...Its an awesome photo for what it is though, as far as B&W and riders on the ground.
  • + 13
 will you never seem to like any photos unless they are huge hucks. congrats on POD, super rad shot. reminds me of sterling lorences shot of matt hunter jumping through the aspen that was featured in BIKE.
  • - 31
flag suicidedownhiller (Aug 10, 2009 at 1:13) (Below Threshold)
 Ok then. Yeah, the rider on the lift was awesome. I just don't like this photo. Sorry for stating my opinion.

Thanks for the essay!! I feel special Smile

And while I do agree with what you said, this photo does not portray the "free" feeling from freeriding. I was criticizing the riding at all.
  • + 6
 Sick allen! looks like a fun place to ride! and suicidedownhiller you just got told thanks to this guy ^^^ POD!
  • + 9
 Well i didnt even read Cynix's whole paragraph but considering how lengthy it is and seeing how much time it would have even taken to reply to someone regarding POD as not worthy in such a manner as this deserves a prop. And if that isn't a run on sentence i don't know what is. Oh and by the way, Beautiful photograph and well deserving of picture of the day.
  • + 3
 All in all, a very good pod. i think this is a better pod because it shows some photography skill to take a photo with so many elements of artistic ability, rather than a snap shot of a big huck. nice photo, and it works well in B&W, looks nice and raw.
  • + 2
 suicidedownhiller x) xD lol rofl Big Grin Big Grin missgeburt...
  • + 1
 looks nice, very crisp and sharp picture, like the reflection on the visors
  • + 6
 props to cyrix. that is an amazing photo.
  • + 25
 i like how suicidedownhiller always starts this shit with his opinion, i think we need to realize that all peoples opinion although equal, are not always equally valuable. i mean he says he doesn't like it yada yada, same ole shit just a different day really, downs't do it for him, but you look at his pictures and he has a few pics of just some stuff really, but Ru a couple posts up gives his view of the picture, he likes it, good composition, nice touch with the B&W and yada yada., now Ru is an amature photographer, and takes some pretty decent stuff. so although everyone opinion is equal, some hold greater value. I think beofre we waste time posting e0fights look at who your arguing worth and see if it's worth it, you can't change someones opinion.

i'm just glad suicidedownhiller stoped being so crass about the POD's and just saying they are shit.
  • + 1
 Amazing POD!! IDK if there are no tricks in this photo it makes a damn good pic anyways just from the way everthing looks... a POD is a pick that looks really clear and that has been edited/taekn really well and this is one of them!
  • + 5
 props to cyrix, that boy really needed a talk
  • - 17
flag suicidedownhiller (Aug 10, 2009 at 12:38) (Below Threshold)
 Screw you guys. You attack anyone with a different view than what you have. Go ride your bikes and shut up.
  • + 5
 lol you take it so personally, you said it, accept responisbility for what you said, if we see what you said differently were going to say, if you have an opinion have values to stand up for them. i do, you just get all pissy about it.
Plus i'm at work so i', getting paid to do this, if i could get paid to ride my bike all god damn day i would. but i'm not good enough Frown

and i gave credit where it was due, you don't swear near as much any more so Kudos to you.
  • - 11
flag ratherberidin (Aug 10, 2009 at 12:59) (Below Threshold)
 negitive prop me all you want i agree with suicidedownhiller. it is a good pic but nothing special. there are far better pics on here then this one. if i wanted i could go out with my friend and take the same picture and turn it black and white. sometime i think pods only get pods because of the user not the picture because dun-son has dozens of better pictures but none of them have been pod yet.
  • + 3
 Do it. Take the picture. I dare you. It won't look as good as this one. Tell dun-son or whatever, better luck tomorrow.
  • + 0
 I have to agree i dont like this pic there is to much happening... But good editing anyway
  • + 3
 no that's just it,m you guys think you can just take a picture like this, there is more to a pic than what you guys see, see how the close trees and far trees are blurry, that is focal range. there is lots of key things that make this a good picture The composition, the USE of B&W which is hard to do, i consider this more of a lifestyle portrait, osrry it's not hucking huge, but it makes me want to get off my ass, out of work and go shred with my buddies. you rpictures look like you grabbed your point and shoot and tried to get your buddy in the frame. there is more to POD than the trick ONCE AGAIN EVErYDAy we go through this.
  • - 12
flag suicidedownhiller (Aug 10, 2009 at 13:18) (Below Threshold)
 Did I say i think someone can point and shoot this? no...
  • - 1
 i think he was talking to me. but just have a quick look at my pod and tell me which one would be harder to shoot
  • + 4
 this pod would be way harder to shoot. your would be easily done witha flood light and a point and shoot. there is no composition, no launch, no landing, no diversity, big air.. THAT IS IT!
  • - 9
flag suicidedownhiller (Aug 10, 2009 at 13:45) (Below Threshold)
 rather, theres no reasoning with these people. Keep your opinions to yourself. lol. Pinkbike rule number 1, never speak your mind. Well, actually PB endorses you speaking your mind, the community seems to be against it. Oh well.
  • + 1
 the reason why i like that picture so much is because the rider seems to be comming out of nowhere and it is totally dark but the rider is bright as day
  • + 7
 suicidedownhiller, you should change your name to retardeddownhiller, POD all day!
  • - 7
flag suicidedownhiller (Aug 10, 2009 at 14:04) (Below Threshold)
 ok I will. thanks!
  • + 6
 hahahaha lol what he said^^ you need to respect the photo not diss it, if you could take a photo like that you would know the time and effort spent trying to get it perfect, it aint easy getting a photo like that as you might think. photography is a form of art and therefore it should be appreciated like a painting, yes it is easy to take photos because it is so accesible, and alot easier than painting, but the point is it still takes time effort and money to get good shots like this that have the same visual impact. if you stand back and look at this photo for 10 minutes you can see past what is there, you can imagine going out and riding in that very same spot, you can picture your self doing this. you can't do that with a snap shot of a jump and someone in mid air, not with the same effect. you are taking away the the raw skill and effort put into taking this photo and future photos if you stick with your mind-set, open your mind and appreciat stuff, rather than disregarding it. oh and one more thing negative critacizam doesn't help anyone, positive criticizam helps everyone

[essay over]
  • + 6
 With 500 favs I think a lot of people think this photo rocks, including myself! Great Job Tony! Double T is back!
  • + 3
 Suicide-It's not that you should keep your opinion to your self, it's that you should be prepared to hear what other people with opposite opinions are going to say. we are doing the EXACT same thing as you just on the oposing side. deal with it. we encourage opinions when they are well thought out, EDUCATED, APPLICABLE. rarely do your posts fall under those categories.

weird thing about this one is all the people who know what they are talking about, like it. all the huckers on here with the "poor-compostion-big-air favs" are getting thier panties in a bunch over a pod with "NOTHING HAPPENING"
  • + 1
 he brings it on him self don't worry Wink he does this almost everyday, he used to say stuff like "this is f*cking shit" etc. but i got him down to actually just saying what he thinks instead of insulting it because of his thoughts.
  • - 9
flag ratherberidin (Aug 10, 2009 at 15:09) (Below Threshold)
 people you are basicly saying that a bunch of noobs hitting 2 foot tables should get pod if the quality of the picture is good all that crap
  • + 5
 if it has the right compostion and elements! yes absolutely. if palmer or brantley just to plug a couple of popular photgraphers on here took it, probably. there is tonnes of example of that where people commetns and say they are shit, but as i said, those are the huckers
  • + 3
 suicide -- defo change ur name to retarddownhiller lol, and just give it a rest this pod is awesome and there are almost 500 people that would agree with me and faved it, i dont know what ur on but just shut up and stop dissing loads of decent photos !!! cyrix -- ur right to say wat u've said !
  • - 9
flag ratherberidin (Aug 10, 2009 at 15:24) (Below Threshold)
 there are photos with over 2000 favs. i just feel a bit diappointed because latly the pods have been amazing and then today it went back to garbage
  • + 4
 garbage? ha! this is far from garbage...
  • - 5
flag ratherberidin (Aug 10, 2009 at 15:28) (Below Threshold)
 worst one on the first page of pod
  • + 3
 you have no taste.
  • + 3
 this is not garbage its awesome, it doesnt matter what all the over pods have been like its gud to have a change from people doing insane tricks of big jumps. its also gud because people who arent to great like me can look at this pic and think "wow that looks fun" and go out and do it wen they cant with other pods.
  • + 4
 i think that it is good that cyrix and Mazekwon have said what they've said, because it is adressing the issue of people on pb who just go on to have an argument, there is no need, if you dont like a picture, bite your toungue and dont bother saying anythin, just wait till there is a photo you do like as pod and say positive things. it is better to bite your toungue than blurt out a load of rubbish that no one wants to hear.
  • + 2
 ^^^ ru-the-ginger u've hit the nail-on-the-head ^^^
  • + 1
 Thanks, and i think if you are going say something to a negative effect at least brush it up. say something like "i like this pic cause it makes me want to go ride, but it seems like it is kind of lacking in the action department", it's called constructive critisim, it tells them what you liked and disliked about the photo giving them something to build off to take better more crowd pleasing photos. but i think that this is a sick pic so everyone else can eff off. I'mg glad to see something a little different as POD. they have been mixing it up a bit which keeps me happy.
  • - 1
 i realy dont c why u cant take someones opinion.. non of us r a like so let us have it and post it..
  • + 1
 ^^^^no its just that "suicidedownhiller" also comments on my brothers video's saying there lame and have no action.
  • + 2
 and its his smart aleck opinion that we dont need to hear.
  • + 0
 well there is boundry's to saying stuff but saying i dont like this pic is fine just accept it.. ur not goign to change his mind
  • + 3
 it's not even that it is his opinion, its his delivery, all comes back to if you don't have anything nice to say don't say it at all. everyone is entitled to their opinion but be prepared to hear others opinion and if yours is different don't take it personally, if they quote you, well guess what you f*cking said it so they can quote it. if you don;t want people to quote and disagree with you. don't talk, so bring it on....
  • + 1
 soo sick man
  • + 1
 thats a dirtyyy pic
  • + 1
 well dude there is no need to get pissy like some people on PB thats wat im saying.. If u take a pic or do a edit u wanna make sure everyone likes it so taking other peoples opinion is great... But dont diliberatly go after someone just cuz u feel like it, sure i bet u didnt like some pic on here and commented, also someone commented about ur opinion too and u commented back i bet. But dont write essays saying why its good or bad because u see what u wanna see.. And if some one likes huge hucks then ur not going to change there mind, so give some slack and dont write huge hate notes one why u think this pick is great and why u think they r a ass holes 4 saying they dont like it...
And in the end it is a f*cking pic!!!
PS: When i do a edit i like people to say something bad i can improve in or just say it was bad so i can look at it again and improve...
  • - 4
flag frostbite911 (Aug 10, 2009 at 23:31) (Below Threshold)
 SuicideDownhiller i always see you giving you negitive comments and its really funny how everyone hates on you... but for today i agree with you todays POD kinda sucks its just a nice pic not a amazing knock your socks POD... so i dont understand why it was choosen for POD... and...
the bike in the pic (Specialized)
Sucks!!!!!!!!
  • + 1
 ^^^^^Agreed^^^^ and

FIRST- thank you for proving you are just as ignorant as most people think.
SECOND- It's cause there is more to an amazing PHOTO than an amazing trick....you know PHOTOGRAPHY plays a large role in photo taking.
THIRD-i love my specialized, i have a Demo 9, it's big, it's heavy, and it's a burly bitch, but i ride it hard and she doens't complain.
  • + 2
 sweet photo, nice composition!
  • + 3
 usually pods have like 3 word comments lol not like essays haha, but what has been said had to be said sooner or later.
  • + 4
 That's art right there. With a better camera, this would be the best biking picture i've ever seen.
  • + 1
 Pebble Beach, and there are no Callaways or Titleists in the picture? Don't forget to yell "fore" while rounding that blind corner.
  • + 1
 Haha, golf courses surround these trails. One can find the occasional golf ball near the trail
  • + 1
 one of my favorite PODs for sure! reminds me of the end segment in seasons where they are all at whistler doing the trains tup
  • + 1
 The past two POD's are pictures that I have already favourited. Love this shot.
  • + 0
 Nice Photograph. Very moody. Great use of limited depth of field. Some of my favourite trails are the tight technical ones in the trees. Thanks for sharing it.
  • + 2
 whats b&w (bike and woods)
  • + 2
 Wow, once again Tony, awsome job, thanks.
  • + 1
 I want this as my Wallpaper....
  • + 1
 yeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaa 831 son!
  • + 1
 dude al sick shot props dude!
  • + 1
 WTF! This is sweet! Ill just retire right now!
  • + 1
 hahaha, told you I'm coming back
  • + 1
 Yeah man this is a cool shot! What settings and cam you using? We should do a shoot together, so i can learn from the master!
  • + 1
 Shooting the regular raw with my XT. Haha, you're the master! I'm so down to shoot with you
  • + 1
 Congrats on POD!!!!
  • + 1
 this would be so cool as a wall photo super size
  • + 1
 probebly the sickest POD iv seen
  • + 1
 its now the background for my comp.. Big Grin beautiful!!
  • + 1
 POD POD POD. That is a good photo
  • + 1
 B/W makes it that much sicker props!!
  • + 1
 This is mountain biking!! Killer shot guys.
  • + 1
 my new wallpaper...one of my fav shots on this site
  • + 1
 Thanks!
  • - 1
 Awesome pic! It portrays the essence of nature and our sport in a glance and all this in black and white (not bike and woods) Smile Nice one
  • + 0
 ooOOoo
  • + 1
 beautiful photo !! POD POD
  • + 1
 POD that is the best pict
  • + 1
 tony. epic shot. this WILL be POD
  • + 1
 there is no way this isnt getting pod
  • + 1
 Kick-Ass pic! POD.........
  • + 1
 max its our team TLD/leatt/everything we own photo shoot haha
  • + 1
 rivals sterling's photos. and that's saying something. POD
  • + 1
 Wow, sick! BEAutiful photo Tony!
  • + 1
 love this .... great shot .. makes me wanna go out and ride, right now.
  • + 1
 hey look its me! nice tony
  • + 2
 You cant even tell that I have a leatt on.
  • + 1
 well now i know... thanks for ruining EVERYTHING
  • + 0
 sweet pic , looks well moody
  • + 1
 Real nice picture man...
  • + 1
 i like it
  • + 1
 This is a POD shot!!!
  • + 1
 yay for bikes!
  • + 0
 A little vignette, good layup. I like
  • + 1
 nice pod man
  • + 0
 very nice Smile and great pic
  • + 1
 yeah this is rad
  • + 1
 Love it!
  • + 1
 PODSmile
  • + 1
 sick photo
  • + 1
 Amazing!
  • + 1
 tony i love you
  • + 1
 Sick photo dude!
  • + 1
 ohoho. very sleek
  • + 0
 LOVE THE B&W so well set up.
  • + 0
 buen clasico del mtb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...... lo especial!
  • + 0
 nice pic man is a good picture
  • + 1
 very very nice tony
  • + 0
 but it looks very closely from cool
  • + 1
 Great pod. love it.
  • + 0
 looks sick nice b&w effect
  • + 0
 it looks like to animals running in the woods, awesome pic!
  • + 1
 POD
  • + 1
 very nice!
  • + 0
 best POD in a long time.
  • + 0
 sicky sick!
  • + 0
 nice pic
  • - 1
 i feel... hunted. great job!
  • + 0
 coooooooll
  • + 0
 very nice.
  • - 1
 very HAUNTING looking pic!
  • + 0
 sweet pic... POD!!!
  • - 1
 best pod iv ever seen. period.
  • + 0
 is that a demo?
  • + 0
 SX Trail
  • - 2
 nice black'n'white shot, i would have maybe played a little more on the contrast and light ;-) around the riders
  • + 0
 How much more contrast do you want? I guess it could be literally "black & white."
  • + 0
 prob lightening more the trees so the riders would pop out more ;-)
  • + 1
 Thank you for the advice but it works the way it is
  • + 1
 everybody's point of view ;-) no probs
  • + 0
 nice picture
  • - 1
 nothing special... for me.. not POD!
  • + 0
 if the picture is open for comments, I comment on what I want, if I say that the picture is shit, I mean, what do you find the comment, it is your problem! Now, do not be bothered with the comment that others do the photos! and what I said was not insulting, but that picture for me, is not POD! His baggy gringo!
  • - 1
 this was already pod
  • - 1
 Nice try, but you fail.
  • + 1
 o sorry
  • - 3
 as always neg prop me for having an opinion...but this POD sucks...i just don't like it at all. Blank Stare
  • + 0
 that´s right!
  • + 2
 fuck u
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