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DanMilner Iselinnaess's article
May 5, 2018 at 11:04
May 5, 2018
Fjords, Strawberries and World-Class Riding: Norway's Western Coast
Well, you hit the nail on the head there - it was a photoshoot first and foremost, based in the Valldal. Which as you say means that photo locations aren't necessarily the best trails - but thats the story even on some of the wildest adventure trips too. Some bits of trail are just so scenic and inspirational that you have to shoot them, even if its a 10 metre section in between carnage - ask any photographer. We'd not have a job otherwise. People have won photo of the year awards shooting a 10 metre bit of trail, as the photo captures the essence of riding and is heavily inspirational, not because the trail itself has won best trail of the year. You'd get the same with a kicker shot, where a hit has been built just for a photo session. Get the idea? It;'s just how it works. But we did actually ride some amazing bits of trail too, and we saw plenty more leading off from where we were shooting, like one heading off towards the right of the very first picture. I'd say check trailforks and/or hook up with a local or a guided trip like H+I's to score the best riding of course!
DanMilner Iselinnaess's article
May 5, 2018 at 10:54
May 5, 2018
Fjords, Strawberries and World-Class Riding: Norway's Western Coast
ha ha, actually we we scored some amazing weather there for the few days, with a wind that dried out every bit of trail too. We just didn't have mud. Not atleast til the last day when it p!ssed down! Some of those shots needed some long pushes and hike--a-bike to get to as well. Amazing trails though.
DanMilner DanMilner's article
Jan 1, 2018 at 8:30
Jan 1, 2018
Dan Milner's 2017 in Pictures - Photo Epic
@ismasan: not many, at least for camera hardware. Mountain biking doesnt have much "reach" in the mainstream camera world, not like fashion, press, football, olympics or war photography. Its seen as too fringe. So the result is as far as I know there are only a very few bike photographers that are sponsored by camera companies. My job is made easier by sponsorship from bike companies - Yeti, Shimano, Mavic, Fox, Crank Brothers, WTB, and I get camera packs from F-stop. Its a nice place to be. Really.
DanMilner DanMilner's article
Dec 30, 2017 at 2:11
Dec 30, 2017
Dan Milner's 2017 in Pictures - Photo Epic
Thanks Doug, yeah a lot goes into the planning and research of these trips and the stories that come from them. But this planning pays off - this year I placed over 350 pages in print mags around the world and 15+ online features from these trips. Original story angles are key of editorial, but they also are more of an incentive for me to go exploring - call it curiosity.
DanMilner DanMilner's article
Dec 30, 2017 at 2:09
Dec 30, 2017
Dan Milner's 2017 in Pictures - Photo Epic
Hoping to be back in March - if that job comes off. Fingers crossed.
DanMilner DanMilner's article
Dec 30, 2017 at 0:43
Dec 30, 2017
Dan Milner's 2017 in Pictures - Photo Epic
@gunners1: For years I'd have said its all about the lens quality - sharpness especially - but that was when we shot pretty much only for print and on 35mm slide film, and the game has changed a lot now with more stuff shot just for online. Not saying sharpness isn't still a factor, more that its less obvious at online resolutions. So yes, a fairly decent camera body is important - one that lets you take control over every aspect as you learn and push techniques further. But mainly its important to just get out and shoot. Look around at different genres of photography and you'll see for street photographers, capturing the moment is paramount, and technical details like focus and exposure are often less important, while bike photography is a mix of the two, depending on what you're shooting and who for. Only by going out shooting can you really learn and refine techniques and the knowledge that lets you tell a story in the image you shoot. Good luck and go do it!
DanMilner DanMilner's article
Dec 30, 2017 at 0:35
Dec 30, 2017
Dan Milner's 2017 in Pictures - Photo Epic
@taurausmountain: I can see it now - 'Ninja: Resurrection'
DanMilner DanMilner's article
Dec 29, 2017 at 8:16
Dec 29, 2017
Dan Milner's 2017 in Pictures - Photo Epic
And to think I did a degree in Marine Biology eh!
DanMilner DanMilner's article
Dec 29, 2017 at 8:16
Dec 29, 2017
DanMilner DanMilner's article
Dec 29, 2017 at 8:16
Dec 29, 2017
Dan Milner's 2017 in Pictures - Photo Epic
Thanks. Lots already in the pipeline for 2018 - first trip heading out to South America on 1 January!
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