January 25, 2022

10 Years of Shooting Cyclocross!

It all drew back in October of 2011, when I shot some images of some racers, the majority of who I didnt even know yet, as they were racing and carrying their bikes through the deep sand at a park near my house. I got in some peoples way, however handled to get some pretty cool shots, and while doing so, became absolutely hooked.

In addition to celebrating my 25th year as a pro photographer, Im celebrating ten years of shooting cyclocross photos here in Anchorage.

Photographing this kind of activity on a regular basis has worked my sports shooting chops like absolutely nothing else in the previous 10 years. Its permits me to explore different strategies, revealed me how to deal with fast breaking scenarios, challenging light and hard-to-shoot scenes and assisted me become an expert at autofocus and capturing motion.

It likewise provided me the chance to test brand-new equipment. For many years, shooting cyclocross each fall turned into one of my favorite screening grounds to put new bodies and brand-new lenses through the paces. Ive gotten to understand many of my Fujifilm electronic cameras really thoroughly by shooting cyclocross.

I had no concept where this would lead when I started back in October 2011. Not only did I fall for the excitingly spastic nature of CX racing, I ended up becoming buddies with a substantial group of individuals in the Anchorage cycling community. And, the process of shooting numerous frames every weekend made me a better action professional photographer.

This history of images is a best documentation of my shift from Nikon to Fuji and how the X Series gear become more capable along the way, from the little X10, all the way up to the X-T4.

The next fall, in 2012, I shot the very first 2 races of the season, and after that decide to participate the fun myself. Starting with race # 3, I spent the next 5 Saturdays racing the novice race on my mtb, and then photographing the open mens race.

By the end of the season, I d currently purchased a correct cross bike and ended up ending up 3rd place in the newbie class. The next year, I went up to Open class and have spent most Saturdays since then shooting the newbie men and the womens races, and after that racing with the truly quick guys. Not saying Im truly fast myself, however its a remarkable workout trying to stay up to date with a few of them!

Arctic Cross cyclocross race, Harvard Park, Anchorage, Alaska

Arctic Cross cyclocross race, Government Hill, Anchorage, Alaska

I d also explore various search for my photos by utilizing the various Fuji film simulations, shooting modes, ADV filters, or playing around with different angles, vantage points and shooting designs.

Shooting cross even offered me a possibility to improve my own fast and light design of shooting outside subjects with flash. It was one the inspirations for composing my Going Fast With Light ebook, which I released in 2011.

Recently, I posted a retrospective “Best Of” collection of a few of my favorite cross images from the past decade. It was hard to narrow down, because I can quickly wind up with 185 enjoyable pictures from every race, but this at least provides you a concept of a few of the different designs and method Ive used over the years.

Arctic Cross cyclocross race at Harvard Park, Anchorage, Alaska.

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And if you wish to waste a lot more time, you can recall through the archive of cyclocross posts on my blog and read the stories behind some of my preferred shots.

I figure that Ive invested numerous hours shooting cyclocross images, and in addition to broadening my skills throughout the years, as I look back, I have a lot of fond memories of amazing memorable, races. Among my preferred aspects of all of this is making my pals look like heroes, and enjoying their own excitement when the see photos of themselves when I publish them on Monday after each race.

In 10 years, Ive just missed a couple of races. In the fall of 2015, I did my 5 week biking journey through Romania, so I missed the whole season, and I missed the majority of the 2017 season, since I was off bikepacking in Scotland. This year, Im nursing a shoulder injury, so I remained half of the season, but I still shot photos at almost all of the races.

Similar to any sort of craft or ability, if you invest enough hours doing it, youll eventually become truly excellent at it, and ideally youll have a lot of fun at the same time. Thats what shooting cross has been for me. Ive invested many hours taking these photos, its made me a much better photographer, however its brought me unlimited quantities of enjoyment.

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Nevertheless, I cant even begin to explain the level of fun and sociability Ive enjoyed during the past ten years photographing the Anchorage cyclocross races.

I hope that you have something like that in your life. In the meantime, enjoy this enjoyable recall through these photos, and I hope it inspires you to find an amazing outlet for your own innovative pleasure and practice.

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In addition, it was the perfect chance to practice and push my own innovative limits. Each race, I d typically restrict myself to a couple of lenses and see all the ways I might utilize them to develop interesting photos.

2018 Arctic Cross Cyclocross Race, Russian Jack Springs Park, Anchorage, Alaska.

Arctic Cross cyclocross race, Harvard Park, Anchorage, Alaska.

Arctic Cross cyclocross race, Harvard Park, Anchorage, Alaska.

2018 Arctic Cross Cyclocross Race, Mirror Lake Trails, Alaska.

In ten years, Ive just missed out on a couple of races. This year, Im nursing a shoulder injury, so I sat out half of the season, however I still shot pictures at nearly all of the races.

The next year, I moved up to Open class and have spent most Saturdays given that then shooting the novice men and the femaless races, and then racing with the actually fast men. Over the years, shooting cyclocross each fall became one of my preferred testing grounds to put brand-new bodies and brand-new lenses through the rates. Ive gotten to know many of my Fujifilm video cameras very totally by shooting cyclocross.

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