Over the past two weeks, I made the 20-minute drive south to Alma, Michigan to shoots some photos at the Thursday Night Alma Mountain Bike Time Trial. For most of the first race I had some success, finding a spot in the woods with enough light to capture the action without getting too high in the ISO department. A week later I was not so lucky. I tried a different location and found myself fighting with the light (and the mosquitos) and shooting at a super high ISO. It felt like a huge waste of my time.
When I got home and saw the high ISO noise I was less than thrilled. Then I started playing around with the shots in black and white, processing them the way I’ve grown accustomed to processing my black and white shots, and I started to dig them. Listen, I’m not saying that I made a shit shot into gold–it’s either a good photo or it’s not–but looking back on my days doing page design for XXC Magazine, I got some images to the point that I was happy with the look of them and would totally use them for editorial purposes. Great photos? Probably not. Photos I dig? Yeah.
The photo above was taken a the Alma TT on July 20th with the Nikon D500 and the Sigma 70/200 f/2.8. The photos below were taken at the Alma TT on July 27th with the Nikon D500 and the Sigma 17/50 f/2.8.
Thank for looking.