Who is Riley Seebeck?
Raised in good ole Wisconsin der, and yes I love cheese, I’m not a sports fan unless it involves two wheels but if I had to choose I’ll always Go Packers. Spotted Cow beer is the best beer in the world. I was raised two blocks from Lake Michigan, so I was attracted to water. I grew up windsurfing and kiteboarding and never really thought about mountains much until I got my first taste of DH at college in La Crosse, WI.
A small community of NW Wisconsinites sold me on the mere 600-foot bluffs we had in our backyard. My first real mountain bike was a Scott Voltage FR and it was sick! The feeling it gave me even cruising around town was like nothing I had ever experienced. Pure joy rolling, dropping and jumping anything and everything. As I got more into riding I started staring at more photos of the sport that drew me in. One particular image inspired me to make the move west, where I currently live in North Bend, WA. I’ll never forget the shot, giant moss covered trees, fog flossing through them with a tiny rider at the base, railing a turn. I think it was Matt Hunter on an old Specialized with the red Boxxer fork.
What was your first camera?
First camera I’d unfortunately have to give the credit to was the iPhone 4! It all started while hanging in the hammocks high on the bluffs looking down on town with my buddy Jason and a cold tall boy of PBR. I discovered the foregrounding technique and thought it was pretty sweet. From there I grabbed a Canon t3i with a ridiculous L series 17-40mm lens. The lens itself was 3x the cost of the body! Wide angle photography had been my main drive but with the 40mm I still had a little bit of range. Good glass is key right?
What gear do you currently use?
For me the Sony bandwagon was the right one to hop on. I rock the incredibly capable Sony a7iii and Canon 7Dmkii with Canon L series glass. I like to keep things simple but am able to cover the full range with an 8mm f3.2 fish eye from Samyang ($200 but so worth it!), Canon 17-40mm f4 (OG lens still rockin’ strong), 70-200mm 2.8f ISii (the bazooka that’s perfect for good range). I use two flashes if needed from Godox, I don’t normally like to use flash but it’s been sparking my interest lately. And lastly the DJI Mavic Pro, not only is it a great tool for aerial shots but a great toy for exploration. I’ll use this for video and photo but also to scout zones out of reach or for race photography.