My preference when taking 'ride shots' has always been to compose stills (on the fly, usually) to capture a certain perspective, backdrop, or slant of light. But my most recent camera produces some OK video as well, so I occasionally take advantage of that to see a bit more of a dynamic aspect to the rides.
The last few days I've stumbled onto the folder with most of the vids I've shot in the last ~5 months. Simply hadn't realized they were all sitting there.
Don't pay too much attention to the artistic side of things--if you can find one at all. The standard MO is to whip out the camera while catching my breath, so the vids most often get shot from wherever I happen to be breathing hard. Some of the clips belong to MW and a few were shot by JW.
Without further ado...
Tom rules the Boulders:
Mike learns his new bike:
Web on the Sternum wallride:
Mike gets lucky on Moto:
(note his "can't believe I pulled that off" giggle at the end...)
Mike pushing his luck on the Nameless Gap:
Web on the Gunny steps:
Me on the same Gunny steps, different angle:
Me on "A room with a view". This was my 7th (and only successful) shot at it:
Bernie on a techy drop that looks like nothing on the video:
Me on Extracurricular #72:
Pseudo-Squeezer-Spine--much harder and more heady than it looks:
Bernie on one of the countless biggish moves that he killed and no one else seriously considered. The guy is fuggin' smoove and skilled:
One of the easy lines on Free Lunch:
Bernie made this one look so easy I had to try it:
So I tried it again:
Still not even close.
As if to underscore how pathetic I am, Bernie did it again. Even in slow motion (so that I could see how he did it) he still pulled it smoothly:
Not that any of us had any doubt, but 'He da man'.
Bernie further underscoring his technical superiority and precision:
Bernie pointed this one out and then showed us the line:
Looked like fun so I gave it a whirl:
It was fun, but I still can't get over how much faster and smoother Bernie executes moves like this. I felt pretty good riding that day and yet I was able to pull maybe 10% of the moves that he did. It's *awesome* to be humbled like that on occasion--gives you something to work towards.
If you're not progressing you're regressing, right?
Here's to constant, measurable (if slow) progress...