3Whip - as seen in the latest MBUK. Weather controlled by Bob Bogdan Williams.
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3Whip - as seen in the latest MBUK. Weather controlled by Bob Bogdan Williams.

152 Comments

  • + 119
 This would make a killer poster. POD for me!
  • + 36
 Good desktop background!
  • + 24
 Internet users - 1 SOPA - 0 Awesome POD by the way, sent shivers down my spine when I saw it
  • + 45
 Fuck Sopa!
  • + 17
 Lovin' the lightning in the background
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 Awesome timing, perfect POD
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 haha the lightning seems to be getting more comments then Sam him self lol
  • + 30
 There needs to be a tank in there some were.
  • + 13
 Agreed connor, and one of those chopper/plane things from Avatar and some Orks for good measure, feck it whilst they're at it can they add a dragon or 2.
  • + 10
 I'm still shocked no ones spotted the BBQ
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 oh yeah the BBQ good shout Robbin lol
  • + 4
 can anybody please replay me with a link to a full size picture of this ? i wana make it a poster in my room Big Grin POD!
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flag lewspeight (Jan 19, 2012 at 5:20) (Below Threshold)
 Yeh, its most likely shopped, but bloody hell its an awesome photoshop job. Congrats!
  • + 2
 if you just look at the rider its so hard to tell what direction he's going
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 @zolibmx13: check the description. bigger size is availabe.
  • + 3
 This should be made into a comic book.
  • + 0
 probaby the best timing on a shot i've ever seen
  • + 1
 Perfect timing, Unbelievable!
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flag lumpy12 (Jan 19, 2012 at 16:23) (Below Threshold)
 shit picture. that lightning is the definition of gay. #boom #boobies
  • + 4
 RIP Sarah Burke
  • + 4
 if this dosent get photo of the year, ill be dammed
  • - 3
 /i swear it looks like he is doing the jump backwards? haha
  • + 2
 It's a 3whip - he's half way through the rotation...
  • + 1
 Boom!
  • + 1
 Do people bike in korea?
  • + 1
 obviously dumbass.
  • + 19
 Gnarcolepsy : a chronic sleep disorder brought upon after seeing something so gnar, impressive bike maneuvers no longer bring amazement but a bout of drowzyness. Although alarming it is not permanent or dabilitating. If you know someone who suffers from gnarcolepsy tell them to get off the computer and ride their bike!
  • + 21
 Get off your computer!
  • + 14
 I walked right into that one Whip
  • + 0
 caiokv how did you do that?
  • + 3
 : ito :
take out the spaces between the dots and the letters Salute
  • + 1
 thanks Sheep
  • + 13
 Hell yeah I processed this bad boy
  • + 4
 Turned our great man! Gotta ask though, was the lightning part of the original shot? If so that's some lucky timing by the photographer!
  • + 5
 I would think its a composite/layered image, like one shot of him riding, one shot of the storm rolling across the horizon, both off a tripod and then stitched..... I may be wrong, but either way I love the shot Big Grin
  • + 2
 HDR? very cool, nice work! Could easily be a cover shot for a product catalog or such...
  • + 4
 This is no way an HDR, Its theBobEffect. Smile
  • + 1
 Fantastic!
  • + 9
 If you could photoshop that van into a tank, this would be perfect.
  • + 2
 A great piece of digital work. The photo to begin with was timed and framed very nicely. Personally I would not consider this a photography, I would call it digital art. Regardless, nice work on all three involved!
  • + 2
 Was photoshop used to put the lightening in? I'm just wondering because this is an amzingly good shot and the timing must have been perfect!
  • + 3
 cant decide now which photo to have on my desktop. this one or the snowy dirt jump two days ago...
  • + 3
 Great shot! Saw this in MBUK the other day and it's great. Will definatly get POD for sure! Big Grin
  • + 2
 What did I tell ya....
  • + 2
 Freakin Greatest pic ever it so sick it almost looks 3D because he is so close and then the lightning in the background!!!! Well done guys!
  • + 2
 I don't mind some Photochopping, very nice POD.
Though I must ask, was the lightning chopped in?
  • + 2
 *shopping.
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 Thats for you to figure out mate Smile
  • + 2
 Tom _ the chopping was tongue in cheek ya numpty Smile
Bob ... well see that's the only bit that's off-putting. It's the doubt in my mind. If it happened, then it looks awesome... if it didn't then it looks cheap and tacky - go figure! Big Grin
  • + 2
 I honestly think it looks amazing with the lightning in, and I'm going to guess that it was put in by Bob. Pretty difficult to shoot the lighting and the trick in the same shot during the day, close to impossible actually. But cheap and tacky? The photo looks great as it is, and personally I don't think knowing that makes it any different unless the whole image looked very realistic and we didn't know from looking that it had had a lot done in post. That's just my opinion though...
  • + 2
 Firstly thanks for selecting the shot Ian - always a special day when you score a POD. When Bob sent me the version with a lighting strike I cringed, then laughed, then looked confused at my screen for way too long....then made it my wallpaper. It has been their for 6 weeks now and still makes me smile. Sam Pilgrim is an amazing rider to shoot and I look forward to laughing with him again soon.
  • + 2
 Fair point Ian, but looking at the image it feels more like it should be an advert for something - like an event (don't know why I feel that looking at it).

Definitely an awesome shot, well shopped, but the lightning spoils it for me.
  • + 1
 I can understand the advert feeling, this type of shot with this type of work in post is usually seen in advertising.
  • + 1
 It's something very usual in the industry (not really in sports) but shooting templates then layering them,
I've seen a lot of commercial photographers doing it mostly for smoke, water, elements you can't control the timing.
  • + 1
 Anyone else notice how the lightning looks like a face in profile?

Either way a picture 'shopped to f*ck shouldn't be POD...
  • + 2
 For some reason the first thing I thought of was the song ride the lighting-metallica. Now thats pilgrimage !!
  • + 3
 DAMN!!! Exact thoughts I had!
  • + 2
 If you cant obviously tell its shopped why care? its still clarly a worthy POD
  • + 2
 ... flash before my eyes, Now it's time to RIDE!!!! Burning in my brains, that 360 whips insane!!
  • + 3
 wow, the photo is 10x better with the lightening in it
  • + 2
 so obviously not photoshopped you are saying that because you probably cant do it
  • + 3
 yeaaah Bulgarian Bob on the mouse! nice
  • + 3
 POD POD POD POD POD amazing shot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 2
 As soon as I read Sam Pil... I GOT TO SEE THIS!
  • + 1
 2 words taylor gang DOPE
  • + 2
 mr whippy aka the pilgrim
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 HDR isnt it?
  • + 1
 This is no way an HDR, Its theBobEffect.
  • + 2
 haha well it is HDR, a degree in photography has taught me this.. Ruins the whole purpose of photographing IMO
  • + 2
 POY for definite! This is sick.
  • + 2
 pinkbike stopped being all political, yay
  • + 2
 Getting altitude on a metal object during lightening eh? Ballsy.
  • + 2
 i think this amazing pod made up for yesterdays!!!!
  • + 2
 the weather effects are awesome!
  • + 2
 Is that my home wastelands Rob? Keep it Essex-side!
  • + 2
 2012 picture of the year? I think so!
  • + 2
 Tasty photo, tasty avatar. Two thumbs up.
  • + 2
 what a pic. 10/10 for stile. 10/10 for awesamenes!!!!
  • + 1
 Very well thought out photo. Is that lighting for real.. added photoshop style... Anyway, all is awesome..!!
  • + 2
 Oh, and killer image matey. Props!
  • + 2
 awesome photo, more of this please!
  • + 2
 right click. set as desktop backgroud. add to favourites.
  • + 2
 And here I thought it was gonna be a Stop PIPA picture.
  • + 2
 AWESOME!
new wallpaper!))
  • + 2
 Yes awesome the bob effect seems to be finally getting somewhere.
  • + 2
 cool POD man needs some more dragons and shit
  • + 2
 Well that is just all shades of awesome. Big Grin
  • + 2
 HOW it can be ? Smile Very nice effect. POD for sure
  • + 2
 soo sick, with out a doubt a pod
  • + 2
 that is some badd ass shit !! yip wears the tank !!
  • + 2
 BOD = background of the day Big Grin
  • + 2
 No way ! Thor can shred !
  • + 2
 so sick !!!!! yeah sam !! POD !!
  • + 2
 Great shot but must be photoshopped But still pod
  • + 2
 When the end of the world comes, I'll ride there too!
  • + 1
 This Pic totally deserves to be POD
  • + 1
 It looks like a photocopy from the latest MBUK
  • + 1
 *-----------* VERY GOOD!!!
  • + 1
 ohhh maan thats sooo sweet
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 Fucking rad !
  • + 1
 killin fuckin picture. new background
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 Sky looks just like that as in photo in my end right now Big Grin
  • + 1
 заебись фотокарточка !
  • + 2
 Sweet
  • + 3
 when the lightning strikes, it's just Sam Pilgrim who tailwhips!
  • + 1
 Thinking this is a sick HDR shot?
  • + 1
 Not enough black background and white writing.
  • + 1
 this makes me want a monster
  • + 2
 Talk about timming!
  • + 1
 A pilgrim pod ...... NIce
  • + 2
 sick shot! pod
  • + 2
 awesome!
  • + 2
 Ride the lightning!
  • + 2
 The best POD ever!!!
  • + 2
 Pilgrimage
  • + 2
 god of thunder !!!!
  • + 2
 POY
  • + 2
 Respect for this POD!!!!
  • + 2
 Yooo!
  • + 2
 whatt.....
  • + 2
 add it to his POD list
  • + 2
 and boom goes the dynamite there it is todays Pod
  • + 2
 holy shit! tup
  • + 2
 This should win POY.
  • + 2
 Thats R.A.D
  • + 2
 Such an awesome pic
  • + 2
 POD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 2
 sick! POD for sure!
  • + 3
 loving the lightening in the background KABOOM
  • + 3
 Thank you mate Smile
  • + 3
 Ye looks real! so sick! So nicely edited, and Sam always sends it! Everything about this shot is awesome! Good job guys!
  • + 1
 my new phone's background Smile
  • + 1
 Sheep
  • + 1
 that is class Smile
  • + 1
 is that photoshop or??
  • + 1
 sick
  • + 1
 Killer!
  • + 1
 raiden mk3 !
  • + 1
 amazing..
  • + 1
 next photo of the year
  • + 1
 Pilgrim rocks :p
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