I am headed to Trans Iowa this coming weekend. My gear is finalized, rented, borrowed and prepped. I’m not going to race or ride. Nope. I am headed down to shoot some images and support my friend Mark. I, of course, will see and support many other friends as well. Looking forward to it.
This is my first gravel event that I am shooting that is not from the seat of my bicycle. It’s strange really. Most of my favorite shots have come from combining my two passions. This is the first time where I will be shooting from the side lines, or more appropriately, the side of the gravel road. This frees me completely from size, weight and limitations. Thus, I’ll be using a full size DSLR and heavy and long zoom lenses. Just like the racers in this event, I am going to go with what ALWAYS works for me and what gear I trust the most.
Like most things, I try to set some expectations for myself. I have a couple of personal goals for the weekend. One of those is to shoot images that portray the event in a different way than what has been shot before. I hope to make it a bit more personal as well. I’ve also got 1 or 2 specific shots I really want to capture that I think would be striking. We’ll see if I can find the opportunity and the landscape I desire. For all I know, I will go down there and something will change my plan. That is ok too. I will go with the flow and see where it takes me. I’m doing this for fun. I have no expectations. I am doing this for myself.
So….Wish me luck in my shooting. I hope to be back next week with some killer images, and a few surprises, from one of the most original and challenging cycling events.