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The Crankworx Colorado Slopestyle event at Winter Park, CO hosts some of the most accomplished and talented riders in the world. This was my first time shooting a biking event and was a great experience that definitely challenges your speed and equipment. These were all shot with a medium format Mamiya camera with Phase One digital back. This camera isn’t geared towards sports shooting in the least, but I think I did pretty good. I shot mostly at f/2.8 on a Mamiya 150mm-D lens, which gave me a very tight depth of field. I shot in manual focus, which helped immensely, as the AF on the Mamiya body is very slow. I would set focus ahead of a shot, wait for the rider, pan, and fire. The Phase One back only shoots one frame every 2-seconds, so I only got one shot per run.
A higher speed Nikon or Canon (what everyone else was shooting) would have made AF focus-tracking possible, as well as 5-10fps to really get the right moment. However, that kind of takes the fun out of things. I suppose if I was working to document a specific rider, trick, or run for a magazine and need a certain shot, you can’t take the chances I did. But all that automation just leaves you to sit, wait, and squish the shutter button when you see a rider. Then again, I lost a few fantastic shots due to focus errors and motion blur.