Carston riding an arch near Moab Utah
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Carston riding an arch near Moab Utah

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 Ok, I will just post this to start so there is no confusion here. This is in no way shopped. This was taken as one exposure at 25 seconds at IOS 2500. There were three flashes used in this shot. The shot was done in two different stages. First stage is to flash the inside of the cave/arch with two flashes with gels on the flash to give it a orange effect. the rider was not in the shot yet. Second was to have the lens covered after the first set of flashes went off and have the rider come onto the arch. as he was about to get to our marked spot to pop the second set of flash, I uncovered the lens and the flash was fired and then covered up as to not get any ghosting effect due to a small head lamp Carston was using to see where she was riding. All this was done with a cable release and was shut off after the rider was out of frame and all lights were off. Here is a link on more info. blog.pocketwizard.com/?p=4257
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 ^^^aka POD
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 YES!!! YOU FINALLY POSTED IT!!!
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 Dirtworks911 is the best assistant ever! Thanks for your help man.
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 POD-A-LUJAH!
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 We got here a really nice pic! Great job stevelloyd! You deserve POD or sure!
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 BEAUTIFUL shot man!
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 I was't going to call it photoshopped.........but I was sure it was taken on Mars.......great job man, cool photo,
  • + 37
 After two years of watching PB POD this is the first time I've seen a photo so stunning I had to comment. Incredible work man. Major respect for your creativity.
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 yeah .. finally an artistic POD again Big Grin
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 just half year and we already know who is winning POY of 2012... congrats dude!
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 POY!!!
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flag chyu (Jun 28, 2012 at 7:26) (Below Threshold)
 It's a nice pic, but I don't feel like going out to ride.
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 i always feel like going out to ride ^ it doesnt take a photograph to get me stoked
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 Very surprised that there isn't more noise from the 7D, but great shot! Well worth the POD.
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 Pretty dope birthday pod!
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 Holy shit man! That's unreal! Fantastic photography!
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 Will some one please explain to me what happened to the photo that was pod this morning haha? If you all didn't see it, it was the first picture posted on pinkbike, from 2004.
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 I don't always comment on a POD, but when I do, it's because it's an outstanding work of art.
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 So your meaning to say this was taken on Saturn?
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 i cant even begin to explain how remarkable this shot is! its simply stunning, and this truly shows that a POD doesnt need to have crazy tricks.
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 he's riding along a wolfs nose?
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 anyone else see an ant eater?
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 I see an eagle with an abnormally long beak
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 I see a lot of PB users like to get stoned before checking out the POD, haha.
  • + 4
 No I see where these lads are coming from, when I saw the thumbnail for this I thought 'isn't PB about bikes? not mutated wildlife.'
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 Absolutely amazing!!!
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 Anyone else here like curry?
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 So much effort put epic results
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 SO the 25 second exposure was for the rock and the rider and sky had something faster like 1/100th maybe? No star blur so figured was faster shutter speed. Looks killer non the less!
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 this is without a doubt the best photo ive ever seen on pinkbike
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 amazing photo! it shows that it was well planned and executed. again great photo!
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 At first I called BS; 25 seconds, even ant ISO2500 isn't long enough to get the stars that bright. Then I remembered how bright the stars are in Moab Smile
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 Black starry night. WOW. 100% POD.
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 Sorry to hear that mate, condolences, god bless and may he rest in peace.
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 link is a fake for getting views.. its boring too..
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 Cyberhawk, that comment made you look like the biggest douche bag/tool/idiot... just sayin...
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 if it's fake it's dead low, pretending your best mate was killed just get some youtube hits...
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 people think thats shopped>? wat
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 Probably my favorite photo I've ever seen on this website. Mad props Steve, you're killing it.
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 I agree with this. Absoloutly Amazing!
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 Got to agree and getting my vote for voy all the way
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 Poy*
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 Any other people who grew up in the 90s and instantly thought of the computer games "Worms" and "Lemmings" from the thumbnail?!? Nice shot by the way.
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 Duuude Worms was a classic!
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 Definitely one of the best PODs I have ever seen..Quality shot, lighting, scenery, everything about it is bang on.. ..and in a mad, tripped out way it does look a bit like Wile.E Coyote he's riding over!! Haha
  • + 3
 Steve, this is an incredible picture! Well thought out, beautifully executed... Bravo!! There is still a future for photographic art, and you've created a page in the book!!! Congrats on your POD!!
  • + 4
 Ridley Scott eat your heart out,an absolutely outstanding picture,i have no idea what your explanation meant either !!
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 I'm truly bummed this didn't make it to the finals of POY, and win. I shoot sports photography for fun, and I can appreciate what goes in to a great action shot, catching a big whip at just the right moment, so I'm NOT knocking the shot that will most likely win POY. But, what was done to create this shot, just for fun and not for commercial hire, is way beyond all other photos in the contest. If I was in my 20's, instead of in my 40's, I'd probably vote differently, but I just wanted to let Steve know that this is THE BEST example of "photographic art" on PinkBike.
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 super sick shot and amazing lighting work. I know how hard it can be to light riders at night while controlling all those factors and steve really nailed it on this one. major props!!
  • + 1
 Hylands gives us no low down on this shot? Probably one of the coolest pics to date, and he's got nothin' to say?! I usually enjoy reading his input on the POD.

This pic is insane.
  • + 1
 Steve gave the lowdown this time, nice shot Steve, great to see you excelling!
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 www.petapixel.com/2012/06/29/a-nighttime-photograph-of-a-mountain-biker-on-an-arch For a more comprehensive tutorial on this picture.
Fantastic picture by the way.
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 Amazing photo it's just a shame we have to justify ourselves with explanations to avoid people whining on about photoshop etc
  • - 1
 to shit on everyones parade, U R not allowed to ride that arch in this National Park US, just saying, have a nice day, by the way the illegal ones are always the BEST ones, they have a negative effect on our sport, i don't share those ones, Smile
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 Arches National Park has a riding prohibition. Arches outside the national park - eg in Poison Spider Mesa or in Escalante are legal to ride but props for making a good point
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 @trailstar2danman- eat shit a die
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 Be nice Wilkey, you're a buddy of Lance's right?, he's just ignorant and doesnt' realize that there are nearly as many arches outside of Arches NP as in it......
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 Trailstar2danman, You are correct that arches in the National park are off limits, however this arch is not in arches and is on BLM land. It is legal to ride on this arch and many others on BLM land.
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 This pic would have made jim morrison a mtn biker. “I believe in a long, prolonged, derangement of the senses in order to obtain the unknown.”
― Jim Morrison
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 What planet is this taken from Mars or one of them distant moons of Saturn. Breath taking photo!
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 Scully its Mulder its up on the ridge. And its riding a bike.
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 'Absolutely love that show, dude, we're nerdy!
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 This better be a cover this year. It's exceptional work Steve, that shows skill and talent, and that good photographs do require hard work. Nice
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 this deserves pod, if it dosent get it im coming down to PB HQ and giving them a very stern talking to...
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 Awesome! Exactly how are you covering the lens without causing any blur? Always wondered how that was done?
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 Aaaaaaaaah, a giant orange pelican with a man riding a bike on his beak..... Great shot!
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 pinkbike users have bad taste. This is such a creative shot and should be in the final round.
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 If this isn't pod, I'm gunna chop off my left nut...
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 your nut is saved
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 ...for now
*cue dramatic music
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 I haven't faved a picture in two years. This is Favorite worthy. Great photo
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 First thing I thought was photoshop then I read the bunf and thought AWESOME SHOT!!!
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 WOW!!!!!!!! 10/10 WOW!!!!!!!!
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 I'm usually one to complain about boring, mundane, seen-it-before PODs but.... THAT is how it's done.
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 meanwhile at Mars....
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 Can you hear the echoes of the UNIVERSE?
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 Great concept - executed with perfection!
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 Yeah Steve! Congrats on the POD. Represent Utah!
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 Now that is photography!! great pic!
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 beautiful image,but funny how he used a 15mm fisheye on an aps-c body :S
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 Wow. Just wow.
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 this looks so cool,just amazing
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 Impressive, but I don't like it...
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 You need a Phd to get a shot like this.
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 one of the best pics on pinkbike ever !
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 Love the creativity in shots like these!
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 from the thumbnail i thought this was a dragon head carved from wood...
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 Congrats on POM. Well deserved.
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 I know exactly where this is!
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 That is an epic photo! I have just been sitting staring at it for ages....
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 Definitely my favorite, too bad you didn't make it any further
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 Absolutely amazing shot with the ugliest signature ever.
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 blow it up XL Drool PrOPS
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 Really want to ride Moab... Nice work!
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 POD of the month for sure
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 Perfection.
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 that is a perfect shot POD
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 Could easily win POY this year.
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 It looks sooo fake, I think that's what makes it look so awesome to me. Sick shot man !
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 This is effing extraordinary.
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 Well, bugger me with a bog brush. Stunning POD.
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 shot of the year for me great stuff
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 Stunning shot, you should be proud of this one. I know I would be!
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 wowtup pic of the year!
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 Photo of the year! Or lifetime for that matter.
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 anyone else think it looks like he's riding on the snout of a coyote?
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 Awesome creativity .. have to love anything out of the southwest.
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 pod indeed, amazing work!!!
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 This is the nicest pinkbike photo I have ever seen.
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 WOW for both the POD and the very complicated way in which it was achieved
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 simply STUNNING! Camera
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 The definition of epic right there.
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 you are the man
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 SOOOO SWEEEET!!!!!
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 Shock shock me!
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 Stunning.
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 One of best PODs ever !
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 Damn! out of this world!
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 Wile E Coyote!
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 amazing shot!
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 oh my god. POD
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 wow! this should be POD!
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 Where is this in Moab??
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 nice one tup
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 A he she me thinks.
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 double wow
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 unreal!
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 Where is that at?
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 A spot just North of Moab.
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 beyond epic.
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 Wow this is amazing ..
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 great pic !!!!!
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 awesome!!
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 e for EPIC?
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 POD!!!
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 Amazing! Great Photo!!
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 Been there,done that
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 Now THATS a photo! wow.
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 KILLER!!!!!!!
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 woah
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 amazing!
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 simply beautiful...
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 Beautiful
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 that is sick!!!!!!!!
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 Perfection.
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 Amazing photo man!
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 This is Amazing! what a wonderful shot, that's what biking is truly about. Smile
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 Throwing this out there now-Photo of the Year!
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 EPICNESSNESS!
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 MTB MARS!
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 Wow, that is beautiful!
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 ET PHONE HOME Razz
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 "The force is Strong with this One" POD! POW! POM! POY!
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 jaw dropping photo, well done, amazing shot.
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 shit !!!
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 sorry got pinkbike fraped Frown
pretty nice pic mate Smile
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