Max goes for a cold night flight.
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Max goes for a cold night flight.

66 Comments

  • 49 0
 im not sure whether this makes me want to ski or bike more, but its an incredible shot either way!
  • 29 15
 snowboard*
  • 6 36
flag billythemouse21 (Dec 12, 2012 at 12:55) (Below Threshold)
 neither*
  • 25 3
 Snowblades*
  • 7 8
 Snow Bike*
  • 6 7
 Snow Shoe*
  • 5 11
flag shaneRX (Dec 12, 2012 at 16:38) (Below Threshold)
 Snow Angel*
  • 5 15
flag tdoyle1995 (Dec 12, 2012 at 16:38) (Below Threshold)
 horse shoe
  • 3 14
flag sideknob (Dec 12, 2012 at 16:57) (Below Threshold)
 Horse s#&t
  • 23 3
 snowshutup*
  • 8 1
 Ah, that was a fun game while it lasted... Lovely photo btw. Crisp!
  • 7 1
 Snow one cares? Smile

Sorry i had to haha
  • 1 0
 Just had to say "wow" what a badass shot.
  • 21 0
 People are asking me about the light and camera setup, so I thought I'd just write about it once here...

The pic is actually two images superimposed one above the other - one being a long exposure, mainly to get the light worm, and the second being the flash shot to freeze Max in the air. Max's light with the long exposure bounced a lot of light off the snow so that's why you see good light off the snow surface and trees.

First pic is the long exposure at about 20 secs @ ISO 160 @f/5.6 on the Nikkor 16mm fisheye, no flash.

Second pic is the flash - obviously do not change the position of the camera, use a good tripod. Flashed at 1/500th sec using an Elinchrom Quadra AS head jacked up high on a stand to the left. Nikon max flash sync for a clear image is 1/250th but because Max is in the upper frame I could push it to 1/500th therefore maximizing his sharpness. Rear curtain. Camera is a Nikon D800 so plenty of resolution.

In photoshop stack the two images on top of each other using layers. If the flashed image ( mainly black except the rider ) is on top then rub out the area surrounding the rider to show through the long exposure pic beneath. Then flatten, save & post.

You can do it in one shot with the rear curtain flash at the end of a long exposure but, in my experience, you're always going to get some ghosting effect and, therefore, not the sharpest action freeze. Framing the rider against a dark background helps a lot too.
  • 12 0
 This is amazing. Wow I just saw the other version without snow and its really interesting with the snow, better contrast between whites and blacks makes this shot freaking sick! Plus you can see the stars in this one...
  • 4 0
 next POD for sure!
  • 7 0
 Its a flying snowman Smile POD
  • 11 0
 So that's what Frosty does when you're not Looking..
  • 5 8
 oh but I'm always looking..
  • 4 0
 In Canada we call them sasquatch
  • 4 0
 How did you only get the light to leave trails and not the rider himself? Slave flashes on a time?
  • 2 0
 It's two shots overlaid: 1 flash, one long exposure.
  • 2 0
 Ohhhh, that makes sense, i feel like you may be able to do it with a remote flash and one long exposure. Not sure if you have tried that or not
  • 1 0
 could you do long exposure, then have a flash go off half way through to show rider?
  • 1 0
 @marinlmasher, if the camera was set to 2nd curtain flash, that might work.
  • 3 0
 Very sick shot!!! Wish it was bigger so I could make it my desktop background though.
  • 2 0
 Here is the URL to the biggest version available.

gp1.pinkbike.org/p6pb8866803/p6pb8866803.jpg

Maybe that will work?
  • 4 0
 its about time this becomes POD! well deserved!
  • 4 0
 Tried it, not the same when you use candles
  • 1 0
 Id like to see someone land that gap with a lantern taped to their helmet
  • 3 0
 Dude's just ripped a hole in the space-time continuum. The snow spray looks like stars too, epic.
  • 2 0
 I might have a crack at that drop in the day time when it's not covered in slipery snow!.... maybe! cool shot!
  • 2 0
 And I forgot to say, you can see the video from the same session here,

www.pinkbike.com/video/285341
  • 2 0
 The sun is going to drop in later through the far trees...
  • 1 0
 YES ! goood observation ! thats super nice
  • 2 0
 I want to see a picture of this guy's landing
  • 1 0
 Watch the video to see the landing.
  • 2 0
 I love this!!! Nice shooting Colin and wicked riding Max. Looks cool.
  • 2 0
 *Clicks 'Add to my Favourites'*
  • 3 0
 Tron Legacy on a dh bike
  • 2 2
 This photo is only 300 times better than the photo of the year contest winning crap shot. Might have to give this guy two bikes and $15,000.
  • 1 0
 Cool to see a really different medium such as snow. Bringing biking into a new dimension.
  • 1 0
 sketchy as hell. max has some proper balls.
  • 1 0
 pursued by tentacles of light...
  • 1 0
 i love light tracing in long exposure shots Big Grin this one is no exception
  • 1 0
 colder than a witches tit
  • 1 0
 Duuuuuuuude! Very creative, well executed!!!
  • 1 0
 He must be freezing his ass off!
  • 1 0
 I think this calls for a desktop picture change.....
  • 1 0
 WOW! That´s a beautiful shot!
  • 1 0
 sick!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 MINT!!
  • 1 0
 POD for tomorrow!
  • 1 0
 Photo of day the
  • 2 0
 word scramble?
  • 1 0
 awesome photo!
  • 1 0
 Stunning
  • 1 0
 SO SICK
  • 1 0
 this was here before !
  • 1 0
 stunning! great photo!
  • 1 0
 cool Smile
  • 1 0
 "Live your passion."
  • 2 2
 b e a uuuutiful!!
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 e f f e c t i v e
  • 2 4
 He's crazy ! In winter we ski, we don't bike !





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