A few faves to sum up the year

Dec 16, 2009 at 12:55
by Nichcolfe l'austentin  

This would be the second year that I've had a camera in hand as a 'serious' enthusiast. Having some pretty cool gear to mess around with has made this season even more fun. 'Photo-taking' has become my newly sparked passion. That plus biking has become quite the ultimate combination! Photography has become what biking once was to me; FRESH. It's always nice to have something fresh to think about and enjoy doing. Worrying so much about bike parts has become quite stale in my mind, (not that I don't love biking to death!). Photo gear has now replaced that obsession! I only hope that I've matured at least somewhat over time, so hopefully camera gear won't spoil this new hobby. I've purchased some somewhat fancy gear as of late, (don't worry, I won't go into details...). But the effects have definitely motivated my to try a little harder to get the shots I [think] I imagine. Well... this post is just to show what shots I found to be the coolest, most knarly, most perverted shots I've managed to capture this year. They may not all be the 'mega faves' of Pinkbike, but they're my personal 'mega faves'... sooooo... enjoy?!





Self triggered!
Self triggered!









Fun times on ladder gap lane
Fun times on ladder gap lane



Aaaand now entering my heavy edit phase past time... not a bad thing, just different!







The comments on this shot are the real experience...
The comments on this shot are the real experience...







Everyone has to have a Galby hip shot
Everyone has to have a Galby hip shot

Self portrait, working on my bike in my dorm room
Self portrait, working on my bike in my dorm room



Creativity can sometimes spark anger!
Creativity can sometimes spark anger!

Crankworx...
Crankworx...

Crankworx...
Crankworx...

Crankworx...
Crankworx...

Crankworx...
Crankworx...

Crankworx...
Crankworx...

Crankworx...
Crankworx...



Fluidride cup #1 2009-

One of the bigger mistakes I made this year was trying to do what many commercial photographers do; Taking shots of everyone in hopes of making everyone happy, seeing shots of themselves. I guess it could have been a little easier on my part if I'd only had the right editing software at the time... like lightroom! I'm darn sure batch editing would've come in handy very much so in this case, instead of editing every single shot separately! At least it gave me some practice time... hahaha, well... at this time I'm learning everything I can about post production. CS4 is a completely new world to me! There definitely are many new directions to go with shots using this software, but overall... natural('ish) shots have always been my favorite (I try!).













Fluidride Cup #2

His shot is what inspires me to race
His shot is what inspires me to race



Best 'fan' shot ever
Best 'fan' shot ever


Well, that's all I feel like posting...the spirit of these all seem to sum up my experience this year. Personally, lots to work on this coming year. While I do find myself geeking out about all the gear I wish I had, I know that always comes with time, just as biking has!
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75 Comments

  • + 1
 Impressive talent here, keep up the creative angles. Shot #19 and #2o stand out. You have the ability to capture the moments.
  • + 1
 great shots and great edits nick...this really was a great season @ the races and all around the PAC NW! great sum up of a great season!
  • + 1
 Your work is truly amazing, if 2009 is an indication of next years work, then I really look forward to a compilation next year. Good luck for shooting next year dude.
  • + 3
 some of these shots really make me want to go to bellingham. awesome!
  • + 2
 It's a sweet place to live, I never knew how good I had it till I moved
  • + 2
 i especially like the one at crankworx on the blue wall ride, its definitly front page maazine quality
  • + 1
 really great collection i have to know where some of those spots are i just moved to the area and dont know where to ride
  • + 1
 all local spots in seattle, bellingham and whistler. colonnade, duthie, galbraith, whistler(...), port angeles, south seatac (RIP) and some other trails I suddenly forget the name and location of
  • + 2
 where was the 7th photo down from the top taken?
  • + 1
 a place of which we do not speak
  • + 1
 The First Pic's before Crankworx were my favorites but they were all great. And Local
  • + 2
 i still say you should have added more pictures of me...
  • + 1
 Amazing, #%*@ing amazing!! Great way to rep the pacific north west..Im sure there is more in the works.
  • + 2
 I think that it was a good yaer boys
  • + 2
 nice shots! looks like you had a great year, i look forward to seeing more
  • + 0
 seriously great shots bro. i love the new ones of duthie. ive been riding up there lately and i love it. its cool to see such great photography from around where i ride!
  • + 1
 Some nice photos.. I am loving the mullet guy on the second to last photo lmao
  • + 2
 i wonna go to the place that has a roof
  • + 2
 i think its collonade
  • + 2
 The Roof is I-5 lol
  • + 1
 WOW!! your photo's are amazing and inspire me to ride harder. Great work, I wish I could take photo's this good.
  • + 1
 nice pics, but shutter speed and iso could use some adjustment, lots of riders were somewhat blurry
  • + 1
 i'm a 200 ISO purist. anything above 400 pierces me right to the very core.
  • + 1
 100 all day for me!
  • + 2
 These are some great shots! Keep up the good work. Nice bacon too.
  • + 2
 Great Pictures Nick! The best 'fan' shot is still my favorite for sure.
  • + 1
 Good Job keep on shooting!
  • + 1
 hey nice write up man, what equipment are you using?
  • + 1
 alright, time for a more in depth answer.
i've got a bunch of stuff to shoot with now, compared to what i shot with in most of those shots. overall i just use my canon 50d body with a 50mm f/1.4 lens. i got the lens sometime in summer, so stuff before that was with an 18-55 which i don't touch anymore. sometimes i'll use a canon 580 ex2 flash w/ gary fong diffuser. I just got an expo disk, which sets the white balance really easily and very well. auto white balance is no longer an option. also new is a tokina 11-16 lens f/2.8. my 2012 album is almost all with that lens so far, just cause i'm learning to use it. haha. I have yet to use my new pocketwizard tt5 flash triggers, as well as my dakine backpack, both very handy things. i'm either shooting freehand, with a manfrotto monopod or with the awesome blackrapid r-strap. I edit with lightroom. I just got cs4, so i'm still learning how to use it. i most likely won't use cs4 for basic editing, cause light room is baller for that already. but cs4 will be the choice for making 'marketing' shots or whatever.
  • + 1
 www.pinkbike.com/photo/4411380
this is my usual look for most shoots. 5-tens are the only option for serious shooters
but i wish i could look like ANY of these guys. any of them...
www.designswan.com/archives/how-photographer-look-like-in-others-camera.html
  • + 1
 hahaa some of those photographers look sorta ridiculous.... nice set up though, i just got some pocket wizards and their amazing! using a nikon d200 with 80-200mm 2.8, 2.8 fish eye, 35mm 1.8.
  • + 1
 crazy dude!!!! the bacon one should be in black and white!!!
  • + 1
 Weird, i have seen most of those locations and people in my real life.
  • + 1
 ewwww, creeper! haha
  • + 1
 ah you must be super pro!
  • + 1
 Nah, i just ride my bike a lot. But this photography man, he's pro.
  • + 1
 i think i blushed a bit...
  • + 1
 ya nick! your pro!
  • + 1
 Love the bacon and the Colonnade shot with me in it. - The real Nick F.
  • + 1
 ahhh, Nick Franzen. my true rival.
  • + 1
 Nick F Army...represent!!! Bacon!!!...represent!!!
  • + 1
 would the hand symbol for the bacon gang be weaving your fingers together with both hands? i tried, it's difficult! haha. Pip, people don't seem to like your premier response. do they not know how cool you are?
  • + 0
 This is awesome! I love your shots, keep 'em coming so they can remind me why I take photographs!
  • + 0
 www.pinkbike.com/video/114227
thanks! I see yo did the same thing! and i'll say ditto to that!
  • + 0
 Some amazing shots here.... I just wish I was at a whole bunch of those spots right now!
  • + 1
 YEAH YEAH! Bellingham represent!
  • + 1
 the 7th pic from the top is siickk.
  • + 1
 nice dude really good. escpecially since its local riding!
  • + 1
 its spelled GNARLY!
  • + 1
 i thought i corrected that typo...
  • + 1
 Sweet pics
  • + 1
 yea sick stuff
  • + 1
 BACON!!!!!!!!!
  • + 1
 wow, sick shots.
  • + 1
 Sick ride!!
  • + 1
 yeah!
  • + 0
 there is some good pod material here!!
  • + 1
 a page full of PODS
  • + 0
 Amazing shots!!! The PNW is where it's at!
  • + 1
 ya nick sweet pics
  • + 1
 Winter sucks balls...
  • + 0
 great collection!
  • + 0
 awesome :O
  • - 2
 cool pics man, are all these pics from trails and places in BC?
  • + 3
 close... WA
  • - 2
 you're a troll on every pic, shitty...
  • + 5
 I wish there were a finer line between trolling and just goofing... but i'll admitt 100 percent that making my blindside into a hardtail was a troll effort
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