[dropcap2]A[/dropcap2]s promised, to Dom at Kinesis UK, I said I would grab a sunset with my new SYNC Hardtail build. I was eager to get the job done so only 2 days after building her I was out on the moors with camera in one hand and bike in the other. I had invited Neil Porter, a fellow tog, if he wanted, to come out and play around shooting the bike and also get some good old landscaping in to boot and he agreed. I picked him up down the road. We had considered Bellever Tor nr Princetown but the forecast was for westerly cloud rolling in and I needed at least a bit of sun to light up the frame of the bike.
So at the last-minute we decided to head for Hayne Down and the famous Bowerman’s Nose. Now I wasn’t planning on shooting the westerly side with Bowerman’s nose in it initially but it turned out to be his best side. We arrived and started shooting in the early golden hour on the easterly side and up on a high rock. But for me at least it wasn’t happening. No drama and no lead in etc. I suggested moving the bike further north but by this time, with all our faffing, the cloud had crept in and we were running out of time. Neil cut loose and started shooting his own stuff whilst I stayed with my bike given this was the main reason to go out.
We climbed down to near Bowerman’s nose as the sky lit up with shards of golden light beaming through gaps in the cloud. I managed to get a few shots with a composition I liked before the foreground light faded. My plan was complete. Pretty much stuck to close focusing given that the SYNC was the star of the show, given the background a softer focus, to help it stand out more. Grads came out too (hard 3 stop) to bring the sky under control as the light was still strong. We stuck around after that messing with flash guns and silhouetting Bowerman’s Nose and moved on to shoot Haytor in the low cloud that had rolled in as the darkness developed. All in all a good photo shoot and after sending them to Dom I think he was pleased and mentioned that he’d like to use one (not sure which yet) in MBR magazine as an advert for the new SYNC with credits. I’ll post up when I have a copy.