Blue Ridge Outdoors
I was fortunate enough to be included in a Blue Ridge Outdoors feature by Jess Daddio on how photographers get the shot. Head on over to check out the full digital feature, or find it in print at your local retailer.
8. Keep it Real
When it comes to being a photographer, Tim Koerber, 31, is about as laid back as they come. That’s because Koerber’s specialty is shooting mountain biking, and— let’s be real—he’d rather be on the other side of the lens.
“I try not to let the fact that I want to take photos get in the way of me having fun,” Koerber says. “There are a lot of rides where I bring my camera, but I won’t take it out. I’d rather be plugged in and present instead of always behind the viewfinder.”
Admittedly, Koerber says this mentality doesn’t lend itself to accumulating terabytes of images, if that’s what you’re after. Instead, Koerber finds inspiration in these outings, and often returns to trails and overlooks for future projects. It’s like scouting, only way more fun.
His work, which has been featured on PinkBike.com and most recently in Freehub Magazine’s Photo Book on Pisgah National Forest, has a gritty authenticity to it, probably because Koerber tries to get his shot the first time, or not at all.
“I don’t like making my rides about the photo shoot,” he says. “I want to make it about the ride. I don’t want to have someone push uphill 10 times. Your first take is the best take no matter what.”
Check out the full feature.