I haven't really done much in the way of action or sports photography in the past, so it's definetly interesting to try my hand at it. Yesterday I went into a local forest with Marius and took some photos of him cycling on forest paths. We got some good photos but this sort of photography is something I'll have to look more into. It seems that higher sync speed and then adding some flying gravel or dust is needed if you want to freeze action and have a sense of speed and movement at the same time.
Above is another 'action shot' I took while doing the last In The Woods shoot.
A week ago I biked 259 kilometers in two days, From Turku to Tammisaari and from there to Helsinki. The idea for this trip came from my sisters husband Marius who bikes a lot almost every day. They live in Stockholm and were coming to Finland to spend part of their summer vacation here.
Unlike Marius I haven't biked at all this year. Earlier this year I've tracked some 100 kilometers and although I'm in decent shape I wasn't exactly well prepared for this kind of trip. I had a rack installed on my bike, got some old saddle bags from my father, tuned my gear and brakes and biked 60 kilmometers a week before the trip and that alone made my behind feel rather sore.
A big thanks to Marius for having patience to go slow enough and listen to my constant stream of complaints when we faced yet another uphill struggle. All in all it was an awesome trip and it was interesting to see I could prevail even though I felt like quitting several times towards the end. Above are few photos from the trip. Biking with out camera and tripod would have been lighter but well... leaving them home wasn't really a choice for me. ;)
Fourth take on the project and somehow it's visually quite similar to the first. I've gotten a lot of ideas and now all I need is some time. Summer is always the busy season and not just photography wise. I've spend most of the last week kayaking and next weekend I've got a 250km biking trip ahead of me. Hopefully I'll get some interesting shots on the way.