Copper Harbor – Stairway to Heaven Photo Shoot


Copper Harbor is such a great place to ride and right now they are working on putting together a new map of their trails. My friend Chris has been volunteering his time behind the computer working on said map. From what I’ve heard things have come together quite nicely. The map portion of the map is done, and they are just waiting on some advertisers and it’s good to go. 

Well… I suppose that’s not totally true. The map still needed a cover photo, and that’s what Chris and I set out to take. The first thing we needed to decide was what to shoot. Fortunately, that really wasn’t a problem. Even though it’s been shot a hundred times, Stairway to Heaven is one of the most unique features that the Copper Harbor trails have to offer. It’s not a very difficult feature to ride, yet it is super fun. This makes it the perfect candidate for promoting the trail system because it appeals to pretty much everyone without discouraging anyone. 

So, now that we know what we’re shooting… how are we going to shoot it? 

Because Stairway to Heaven has previously been the subject of many other photographs, Chris and I decided that if we were going to do this we needed to do something different. Fortunately, I have been working on putting together a backpack mount camera rig. I figured that we could use this mount combined with a fisheye lens and slow shutter speed to capture some fairly unique images that not only show off the trail but also convey a sense of movement and speed. Below you can see some of the different shots we captured while experimenting with the system. 

After shooting a ton of images we decided to move on and shoot some other sections of the trail. At this point the bugs had figured out how tasty we were and that we weren’t heading anywhere anytime soon. So, we didn’t spend a ton of time shooting the rest of the trail, but we did manage to get in a variety of shots. 

Anyway, everything went pretty well and I’m much happier with these images compared to the images I shot last fall… in the rain… without a plan.

Well, enjoy the images… Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments area. 












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