Occasional photographer of bikes
Jun 10, 2017 at 5:29Jun 10, 2017
Fort William World Cup - MacLennan Photo Reel
I have been shooting downhill for many years now and I am very confident that the riders in these shots would have no awareness of flash being used. I know how to shoot flash so as not to disturb riders and this is why : the flash units are always placed behind or below the rider and angled so that the light cannot reach the eyes; the flash is used only for fill-in so is about one stop below the level of ambient light and the flash is not being used in any situation where the ambient light levels are so low that the riders' pupils will be widely dilated; I use two mono blocs with wide surface area reflectors and diffusers to create a large patch of light rather than a point source - if you looked directly in to these units as they fired it would be bright but nothing like looking into the flash of a small compact camera which produces an intense pinpoint of light; lastly I use high speed sync which produces a continuous even output light throughout the exposure as opposed to X-Sync or Hi-Sync that produce very large pulsed output. The fact that some photographers use their flashguns without regard to riders should not mean that all flash photography is automatically bad.
Jun 8, 2016 at 16:15Jun 8, 2016
The sun is behind Greg so without flash there is a choice between a correctly exposed sky with an underexposed silhouette of the rider, or a correctly exposed rider and a featureless white sky. With a high powered flash I can overpower the sun to get both sky and rider correctly exposed and pin sharp.
Jun 8, 2016 at 2:20Jun 8, 2016
MacLennan Photo Reel - 2016 Fort William World Cup
Thank you! You have summarised my shooting style to perfection. I consider my shots really as portraits of adrenalin junkies and I do my best to capture their insane commitment to winning. I also like to see the rocks flying and the tyres and forks compressing!
Jun 20, 2012 at 9:14Jun 20, 2012
iXS Innerleithen | It never rains in Scotland…
You're in deep, deep trouble monsieur cloverleaf! Remember I know where you live. I was quite enjoying the thought of someone thinking I was twenty years old. Why spoil their illusion? I can't even remember being twenty years old but I guess I must have been once.
Jun 19, 2012 at 2:54Jun 19, 2012
Hey Paul ... as I pick the lumps of grit out of my lenses and try to decide whether the 5D II needs another cycle in the tumble dryer, it's of great comfort to me to know that my fellow photographers are circling like vultures over the soggy remains of my kit! £10 actually seems like a very tempting offer compared to the cost of a wash and blow dry at Canon Elstree.
Apr 16, 2012 at 1:22Apr 16, 2012
Feb 17, 2012 at 1:33Feb 17, 2012
Manon Carpenter | World Champion - Interview
These are actually out-takes. I was shooting with a Canon accessory filter called the Hubble 2B which normally produces dreamy out of focus images, but something obviously went wrong ...
Oct 20, 2011 at 8:05Oct 20, 2011
Aug 27, 2011 at 6:38Aug 27, 2011
Jun 11, 2011 at 6:41Jun 11, 2011
This was shot with a Canon 70-200 f2.8L IS MK II. I used to shoot only with the 200 f2.8L MK II and 135mm f2.8L primes because the previous version of this zoom, although optically very good, just wasn't as razor sharp wide open as the primes. However this new zoom provides terrific performance in spite of the large number of elements. It is the equal of the primes at full aperture and effectively has zero chromatic aberration.
Photo by cloverleaf