Brock Anderson Slideshow

Jun 19, 2012 at 15:51
by Brock Anderson  

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There are various ways to view a photo: large prints, magazines, online, projectors etc. Ever since I could remember, I would always find myself "reading" the books with the best drawings or images. Which of course, as a kid, was definitely any book by Dr. Seuss. I was fascinated with the story telling abilities that these images held; you didn't even have to read books like "Go Dogs Go" to understand what was going on. You could basically write your own story to accompany the images, and my arousal in photography probably dates back to these childhood books. I got into mountain biking at a fairly young age, and once I had "read" my first BIKE magazine, I was begging my parents for a subscription. I was never much of a reader, so more often than not the articles got bypassed; and being a kid, there was not much of a point to read the bike reviews... I was just interested in the few pages of pictures that BIKE calls Buzz. Full page spreads from photographers by the likes of John Gibson and Sterling Lorence, this is what fueled my passion for biking and photography.

getting some flip action on the big set

Unfortunately online we will never be able to view large scale images like you can on paper - unless you're connected to a 40" plus high definition, big screen. Because of this, my favorite way to share photos is through slideshows. It is an easy way to share photos as a "series", and you have the ability to add to the mood through editing techniques and the incorporation of a song. Quite often I find my photography having a strong influence on the way I shoot videos, but here is a unique instance where my experience with video can be used to better my photography. I spent a lot of 2011 experimenting with film photography, but this slideshow represents my digital work. I shot this slideshow using a Nikon D300, a 10.5mm f/2.8 (fisheye) and a standard 50mm f/1.8. I do not use flash, and I do not shoot "burst photos". I hope after people watch this, they will realize that you don't need to spend a lot of money on gear to walk away with nice photos. This slideshow features riders: Chris & Conner Tennant, Wylie Easton, Paul Genovese, Nick Tingren, Dennis Langenstam, Jeremy Stowards, John Rempel, Issac Mcbain & Paul Bodner.

Also, just a reminder to have FUN with your photos. Don't stress about your photos following rules and technicalities; because at the end of the day the only person that needs to enjoy your photos is YOU - unless you're in advertising of course! - A good photo is one you enjoy, regardless of it being technically sound or not.
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18 Comments

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 I also only shoot single shots...since i mainly shoot sports i know alot about, and if i know what trick the person is doing i can time it almost perfect. burst shooting is ok if you want to make a sequence..I hate to burst anyones bubble but i have taken better photos on my i-phone...almost all the riders are out of focus...and i almost always use a flash even in sunlight..the infrared autofocus assist helps create very crisp pics even if you dont fire the flash.
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 agree with you park city plush pretty average photos but like the one below the video !
  • + 2
 Is it normal to use burst mode? I always shoot one shot at a time unless i'm going to make a sequence shot.
  • + 1
 weird, i always shoot burst, then again my 600d is only 3.4 fps.
  • + 3
 Well it depends what your doing... if you are shooting with lights then yes, use a single shot. But for other situations I generally use burst mode. Mainly because my D3 has 9fps you can capture small little moments that end up working a bit better.. It's nice having a few options to choose from, especially when a trick is involved.
  • + 2
 At 9fps it seems like burst would be a better option. My t2i is only 3.6 so I usually missed the right moment on burst
  • + 2
 I've always just shot a single shot, mainly because my camera does not have high speed burst options, but I like the challenge as well! If I had a high fps though I'd probably go crazy with it...
  • + 1
 Yeah in that case it's best to get a single frame..
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 ReilShiftMedia: I am the same way! I LOVE the challenge of having to time every shot perfectly. One, it is a great way to better your skills, and two, you feel like you've accomplished a lot more when you shoot single frame, IMO anyways. I do have the ability to shoot high FPS, but not in RAW. So if I want RAW photos, I have to shoot single. I've started experimenting with film photography, and being able to shoot single shots really helps.
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 I always shoot in burst, my 60d shoots 5.3 fps, more choice of photo's
  • + 1
 Another bot..
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 The whole thing with challenge with only a single shot is great and all, but why not shoot burst?I do whenever possible, its not cheating, Makes your chances of getting the rider or the bike in the perfect position far greater. If you want a challenge why not shoot film with only a 50mm lens? Just my opinion..... I do like it when people work in unique ways cause they want to. Its an art and that's the whole point, to do what you want in the way that you want.

Awesome shots! Smile
  • + 3
 i just take a photo
  • + 2
 sick dude stoked on you brock putting mission on the map !!!!!
  • + 2
 Shutter speed needs to be a little bit higher in some of the pictures.
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 I'm guessing since he doesn't use a flash, He couldn't run it much higher. But yeah it does...On the other hand, I like it cause it looks like the pictures me and my friends always take with our walmart point and shoots when we're just out riding, so it brings back memories for me...
  • + 1
 Never use a flash either... The light is just not natural...

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