The more I search the internet to bring you advice and inspiration the more I am convinced that some of the best photographers out there are unknown. Today’s interviewee I came across on 500px and was immediately drawn to his mountain bike work. Something about the rich colours and composition stood out. Both Keith and myself would love to know what you think so leave a comment below.
Tell us a little about yourself?
I’m born and raised in Southern California. My family (Wife, daughter, and son) continue to call Southern California home.
What made you get into photography?
My dad has always been into photography and we had a dark room in the house I grew up in. I wish that I had taken greater advantage of that darkroom, but I really didn’t get into photography until digital cameras came around. I was already using Photoshop for graphic design and instantly gravitated to cameras when they started going digital.
I can say I’ve always appreciated photography, but was a “late bloomer” making it something that I was passionate about.
How did you get started?
While I’ve always owned some sort of camera, I didn’t consider it a hobby or something that I wanted to pursue further until I began bringing a camera with me on my mountain bike rides. The joy of being out doing what I love and being able to document it via photography is what got me hooked.
Thoughts of taking it even further happened when I was viewing the work of motocross photographer Jeff Kardas who was shooting with one of the early DSLRs. I remember just staring at that photo and knowing I wanted my work to get to that level.
What sort of photography do you mainly do?
Mainly action sports focusing on mountain biking. I’m intrigued by most areas of photography and love to think of different set ups and get out to try them. I love experimenting with Pocketwizards, magic arms and things like the GoPro camera.
What gear are you using?
Body: Canon 7D
Lens: Sigma 70-200 f/2.8, Tokina 12-24 f/4, Canon 24-105 f/4
Light: Canon 580ex, Boling 2 x 300 watt strobe and battery pack
Pocketwizards used for remote flash and remote camera trigger.
Whats your favourite lens and why?
The Tokina 12-24 spends the most time on my camera. I had not heard much about Tokina prior to researching for a wide angle lens. I began to see a trend of great reviews and loyal owners so I made the purchase.
When I’m out shooting mountain biking and motocross I love to get in close. I also love to get the great backgrounds that you see when you are out on a ride; the Tokina has been perfect for both. I can’t think of anything missing on this lens.
I’ve know I’ve sold at least five of the same lens for Tokina based on my feedback to friends and others on the internet. Perhaps a sponsorship is due? Are you out there Tokina?
How are you marketing yourself?
I don’t market in any conventional sense. I get eyes on my work via sites like Flickr, my blog and recently 500px.
Whats your favourite photo you have taken? (Attach it or the few that you love)
I’ve attached a few that I’m happy with.
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
Shoot the things you are passionate about …it will reflect in your work.