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

March 22, 2014

A little yellow bird told me – shooting Canaries

Filed under: bike, video — Tags: , , , , , , , — danmilner @ 3:08 pm

Yeah I know, it’s been a while, I’ve been busy. And one of the busy moments recently was shooting an MTB traverse of the magnificent island of Gran Canaria, following the advanced route of the TNF Trans Gran Canaria. It’s an idea I have had for a while, and finally it came to be. Three days, 4500m of up and downhill, and 95% on trails carrying our own gear (I used my F-Stop Kenti pack) this trip was a blinder -and the island’s incredible landscapes was a bonus. One of the best MTB adventures I’ve done & shot in over 30 years of MTB adventures (some would call them moments of madness). So here’s the photo for the month of February..

Read the print story in MBUK and Bike Magazin Germany any time now.

Railing one of the best, and little ridden trails on the island. Leica M9, Zeiss 50/1.5 @ 1/1000, f8

Railing one of the best, and little ridden trails on the island. Leica M9, Zeiss 50/1.5 @ 1/1000, f8

And the unique GoPro video episode that goes with it (video opens in new window).

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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


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.

July 21, 2012

P.O.M June ‘012

Filed under: bike — Tags: , , , , — danmilner @ 12:29 pm

Photo Of the Month: Yeti HQ, Colorado, USA.

Apparent chaos surrounds a worker at the Yeti Cycles HQ in Golden, Colorado. We like to think of our favourite innovative bike companies as occupying cutting edge, state of the art, high tech business premises, at least for a company that has been as ground breaking as Yeti has been, you’d imagine that’s where they’d be.  So it comes a breath of fresh air to find their HQ  -the one place where all its innovation, design, R&D, prototype welding, production frame finishing and bike assembly takes place-  is little more than an old business unit that has seen better days. Refreshing that is because the guys who run the brand are genuinely too busy out riding to worry about little details like business appearances. I grabbed this image on my final sweep through the Yeti building while shooting a feature on the iconic brand for the UK’s What Mountain Bike mag, scheduled in print this autumn. Leica M9, Zeiss 50/1.4.

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