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With the weather finally looking and behaving distinctly spring-like these last couple of weeks it has been time to get out on the bike again. It took forever for all the snow to melt away on trails so I was limited to riding on the roads for a few weeks, but we are in full on trail riding season now.
And why is this exciting?

Because it is time to start making mountain biking images again. Friends Sarah and Marion invited me out for a ride with them last week and I warned them that I would be bringing the camera out with me.

I was pretty excited to get out there this spring as I had added a new camera system to my arsenal this past winter. The compact (and more importantly – lightweight) Olympus OMD E-M5 mirrorless micro 4/3 camera system. I’ve been looking forward to getting out and seeing if this camera can keep up with my mountain bike images ever since I got it.

Why? You ask. Last year, mountain bike portraits involved the Nikon D3s, 70-200 f2.8, 16-35 f4, multiple flashes, light stands and remotes. All of that added up to massive weight in my pack on my back. It really messed with my stability and maneuverability, not to mentioned adding so much weight that I struggled up most of the hills. Not fun. Oh, and the thought of stacking it on the bike with $12000k plus of camera on my back… Well you get the idea.

Well, maybe not, if you haven’t seen how compact and lightweight the OMD system is. Joy!!!!!

Anyhow, got out there we did. Using the PocketWizard Flex triggers on the OMD and Nikon SB900 flashes, we created a number of images during our ride. Most important – the images turned out GREAT. Secondly, the OMD was even easier to use for this purpose than the Nikon D3s. Third? I barely noticed I was carrying around a camera. Win! I’ve been DIY-ing a few things around the shop here to try to get rid of at least one light stand. I think I have that all worked out and that’ll mean even less weight to pack around.

And that means even more opportunities for portraits.