At last everyone's schedule aligned like the starts and we finally set up a time and place to do my long planned bmx mount photo shoot. My assistant and I drove down to Long Beach last weekend and met pro bmx rider Sean Logan in Long Beach. There was an all day bicycle fest there so no one paid any attention to us.
Sean's Quamen bike weighs in at around 22 pounds and any weight we add to it affects the handling when he does tricks, so we had to keep it light. The Canon G10, Century Optics .55X wide angle adapter, PocketWizard receiver, MSE Matthellini clamp , and Bogen camera platform you see here came to about three pounds, which threw off the bikes balance and limited how high Sean could jump:
Here's another view of the rig right before the PocketWizard went on:
With the technical aspects all take care of, Sean started doing jumps off the 1/4 pipe ramp, and I started shooting. I triggered the G10 from a PW transmitter on my Canon 1DsMkII, once again shooting two cameras at the same time.
Unfortunately having all the right gear doesn't always insure that you will walk away with great pics. Despite everything working correctly, the one thing I couldn't nail down was the timing. There was a slight delay between when I fired the main camera and the G10 went off. In addition I could never predict what trick Sean was going to do, and most of them involved twisting the handlebars one way or the other.
So the best shot of the day I got with the G10 was this:
But I did manage to get a couple winners from the ground; this amazing shot of Sean riding on the roof of some condos:
And this shot, check out the bird flare in the bottom right corner: