Good day folks. It’s been a while. Since I last wrote I’ve traveled to Las Vegas for Interbike 2015. For those new here I HATE Las Vegas. It must be something like 15 trade shows in this dump and it represents most things I hate. Honestly, I think the industry I work in deserves better but that is a story for another day. I have found ways to cope with Vegas and those things are friends, food and photography.
I started shooting Cross Vegas 3 years ago. Mostly for fun and to give me something to focus on. Each year I have shot the event differently and with different cameras. Year 1 I shot it with a 28mm and a 150mm. Year 2 I shot it pretty much with a 24-70 and a 70-200 zoom (like every other event photographer). This year I shot it entirely with a 20mm wide angle lens on a Nikon D810. I like the challenges of 1 or 2 lenses and prefer shooting prime lenses. Shooting 20mm at an event does force some cropping on the images below, but that is OK to me as I shoot for me and for me only.
The images below are processed with a fairly harsh Black and White conversion. I did this intentionally as I shoot for myself and for this series I just thought it worked. Almost all of the women’s and men’s pro races were shot in very dark conditions with ISO 3200 and above. I prefer BW anyway and these images just worked better in BW.
Hope you enjoy.