the dan milner photography blog: tales of an adventuring photo chimp

December 29, 2012

P.O.M Dec ‘012

Filed under: bike, photography — Tags: , , , , — danmilner @ 12:16 pm

Photo Of the Month December 2012: Self portrait, Elba

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This month the snow started falling so I headed south on a little exploration of new (to me at least) terrain and photo possibilities. Armed with a map and little prior knowledge of where, meant trying rides according to how trails looked on the map and how the contour lines stacked up. Some worked , some didn’t, but this is the kind of stuff that makes adventure. On the last day on location, during the last ride, on the last ridgetop I reached, I shot this self-portrait above a stunning coastalscape far below  -the end point of the descent ahead of me. Shooting self portraits is never the easiest thing, using a 10-second self-timer on my Leica M9 (other cameras such as Nikon DSLR’s make it easier with their programmable shutter releases) but sometimes when the factors add up -the light, the feeling, the trail- you’ve got to try (sometimes they work: I won Bike Mag photo of the year in 2004 with a self-portrait). You’ve got to get the timing right, actually be riding in the frame and have some kind of respectable style in this age when riding style is the hallowed ground. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. A bit like going exploring new trails. This time it did. If I told you where this was, I’d have to kill you. Okay, it is the island of Elba, Italy. All I can say is, look out for a follow up trip feature later in 2013. Leica M9, Zeiss 50/1.5.

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