While self-filmed bike videos are nothing new, this project was a first for me. While I have plenty of experience behind the lens, I’ve never been the athlete who has to keep going back up for “another” every time a shot could be better.
Armed with a strange contraption of a lens that I wanted to experiment with (and have grown to love), I went off into the woods this fall to see if I could make something worth watching—a challenge both for myself as a filmmaker and a rider.
Fall is my favourite time of year for riding, as the temperatures drop, the low-hanging clouds settle in, and the rain begins to foreshadow winter. Some people put their bikes away when the weather turns… others double down and get their fill before the snow flies.
Let me know in the comments what you think!
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I don’t often take selfies, but when I do… . Shoutout to @reubenkrabbe for inspiring me to put my camera on a tripod and shoot myself 10 or 11 years ago. I saw a post on his blog and copied his technique. It’s how I learned mountain bike photography. Something about being in the woods by myself made it possible to slow down and try 100 times, make mistakes, and learn—without wasting anyone else’s time. . Recently, I’ve revisited the solo mountain bike shoot as a creative outlet and way to focus on every element of a shot, including the riding… and I’ve been loving it. #mtbselfie #ridebikeseveryday #worklessridemore