It takes a lot of dedication to leave the bike and home and instead focus on capturing the moments made by riders pushing themselves towards glory. We asked Ryan a few questions about what it’s like being outside the tape looking in.
What is your load out for an event like this?
My typical gear includes a Canon 7d Mark II, which I love for its high frame rate, and low light performance. As far as lenses go I actually shot the whole enduro on a 50mm 1.8, but as far as dream gear goes I’d love to have some more lens variety.
How much does your pack weigh?
For Wildwood I was using my Mindshift Rotation 180 trail 16L backpack, which is great for a camera with one extra lens. I think my race day weight was just over 10 pounds with assorted snacks, camera gear and extra tools. The pack is great for taking my camera on rides and provides easy access to the camera while on my bike without having to take off the backpack.
What unique challenges does shooting enduro events present to a photographer compared to other events?
Enduro events are tricky because the riders are all over the place at different times in different orders. I spent a bunch of time at Wildwood Enduro planning routes to capture specific riders at different stages.
Do you have a dream camera set up?
Psshh. Do I have a dream camera set up? You bet I do! A Canon 1dx Mark II with assorted lenses would be a great workhorse for any job I could throw at it. Another camera that I’ve been drooling over more and more lately is the Sony Alfa A9.
Do you have any advice for aspiring photographers looking to improve their photos?
Shoot as much as you can. Find other photographer’s work that you like, and try to shoot like them. The more time you spend behind the camera, the more your own style and technique will start to develop.
If you could spend a day shooting with anyone, who would it be?
As far as photographers go I’ve always really looked up to Dave Trumpore and Paris Gore. I would also love to shoot with riders like Danny MacAskill, Brandon Semenuk, or Cam McCaul.