I am totally pumped to have my photo in the October slot of the 2012 IMBA calendar. It is an honor to have my work up there with mountain bike photography legends Sterling Lorence, Scott Markewitz, and John Gibson. Every month I eagerly flip through the pages of various mountain bike magazines and surf numerous mountain bike web sites studying and getting inspiration from these photographers. Normally the photographs are of a famous professional rider in an exotic location. It can take days or weeks to get one shot considering the time it takes to travel to the location, figure out the best angle, wait for the perfect light, and execute the move perfectly.
That is what makes this photo special for me. My buddy Alessandro and I were just on a normal afternoon ride at Graham Hills, our local mountain bike park, in Pleasantville, NY. Pleasantville is certainly not an exotic well-known mountain bike destination like the deserts of Utah or the mountains of Colorado, but it is our little hometown place that we love so much. As we were finishing up our ride we rode over a small wooden bridge that takes you over a stream and couldn’t help but notice the beautiful blanket of leafs below us. Immediately a high angle shot pooped into my head that looks down at a rider crossing the bridge over the blanket of beautiful red, orange, and yellow. Fortunately the bridge is near the parking lot so I decided to run to the car and get my camera before it got dark. Alessandro rode over the bridge a couple of times and we nailed the shot. Ideally I would have been even higher, but this was the maximum height I could get with the equipment I had.
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