I wanted to get a few more shots of my Kinesis XCPro3 mountain bike to get in a bit of practice for, hopefully, a new 29er MTB, the Kinesis SYNC. I also wanted to grab some shots of the wonderful wild garlic that festoons many of the paths in East Devon especially along the River Teign near Newton Abbot. I’ve seen these for many year whilst biking and commuting and have picked them every year to have in our meals at home. This trip was no different as we had some in a curry which was lovely.
I commuted to work on the MTB but carrying 10 kg of photography equipment on your back is not easy especially with all of the wind we have had recently. I got into work a bit pooped but I thought the journey off-road on the way back would at least, although into a head wind, would be interrupted by shooting.
I made my way from work and stopped at the first collection of wild garlic where I spent about 30 mins shooting with various lenses including my 100mm macro but the wind was making the latter quite difficult. I got some interesting looks from the cycle commuters passing by, 2 ladies saying they should nick my bike as a joke and then spotted me in the undergrowth with bum in the air LOL. I packed up and made my way along the River Teign to where I knew the flowers would be fantastic and I wasn’t disapointed. On the way I passed some fields where the farmer was gathering up the first hay harvest so decided to capture this as well, nothing fancy, just the moment.
I had just received my Canon Speedlite 430EX II in the post that day and recharged some batteries at work and was keen to try it out (before reading the manual). I shot my Kinesis XCPro3 first in some lovely golden sunlight with a backdrop of single track and wild garlic and I think Dom @Kinesis liked what I had shot (well certainly retweeted them as well as Keith Bontrager too). All good practice with E-TTL modes and manual – however when I used the ML software in the camera to use it as a movement trigger to shoot myself I found a problem. I could not shoot >1/200 sec no matter what I dialed in. I later found out that HSS mode button – oops – nevermind – next time!. I’m not a vain person (actually hate shots of me), just wanted to try different styles of photography. It’s this that makes photography interesting for me, trying new things?
I then moved along and wend into a small patch of woodland with a huge carpet of wild garlic (and some bluebells) and tried using the flash to shoot into the sun with variable success, including some more MTB photos. I happened to look down after getting stun with nettles quite a few times and noticed 3 ticks crawling up my leg. I flicked them off but thought I must do a tick check at home. I packed up and ground my way back home off-road into a strong headwind. After doing a quick tick check my wife and I found one on the floor – this was quickly despatched to tick heaven.
All in all a great 4 hours spend on the bike and camera – a perfect mix although a little tiring LOL.