Aaron and I headed up to Partridge Hills to check out the trails and to try and up the ante on our MTB photography.
We used my new Canon S95 and a small tripod to take some shots deep in the gloomy rainforest.
The results were much better than we normally are able to achieve with our usual point and shoot cameras.
It’s nice to have a bunch of decent photos to choose from post-ride rather than making the best of the least blurry snaps.
Having said that we did run up against the limitations of the S95’s lens on a number of occasions where we either needed a faster lens or a flash. However, there is only so much a camera that can fit into your pocket can do. I’m impressed with the S95 so far and happy to have a better weapon in the quiver.
Of course the nicer shots in the forest came at the cost of far more setup time and messing with camera settings and reshooting the same image a bunch of times. I’d guess we spend 4 times as long taking photos and got in 50% of the riding we normally would have in the same amount of time.
We’ll have to find a balance between taking great shots and getting in as much riding as possible. It’s nice to have more low light photography options though. So if we really want to get a particular shot we can do it at the expense of some extra time.
I didn’t ride my MTB much last winter so I didn’t realize how early it got dark on the trails. With the time change it’s getting gloomy by 4pm and dark by 5pm – especially in the trees. Typically Aaron and I have been heading out on our MTB rides at 2pm or 3pm. That’s going to have to change or we are going to have to bust out some serious light firepower.
It’s been raining a fair amount in Victoria lately. Not enough to mess with our riding time, but the trails were damp and the leaves all over the ground were quite slippery so we had to ride with care.
We are getting the hang of the unmarked trails at Partridge Hills. We don’t know where are exactly all the time, but we were able to make it back to the car reasonably easily. Which was good as the light was fading fast!
I’m not holding my breathe for Bike Magazine to to offer us a gig as professional MTB pornographers, but hopefully we can entertain our loyal blog readers with finer fat tire images from here on in…=-)