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The Launchpad
Aug 2008 Fred Schaad

The Launchpad

Kelowna, British Columbia

One of the "young-ins" about to launch himself at the "Flirt'n With Dirt" competition at City Park
in August during the 2008 Center of Gravity event in Kelowna. This is where top riders competed on a
dirt freestyle course. The athletes included a list of local and national professional
freestyle mountain bikers.

Canon EOS 20D ,Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM ,Digital
1/800s, f/8.0, ISO 200, 10mm, +1/3 EV full exif

other sizes: small medium original
Petros Labrakos05-Sep-2011 16:14
great shot
excellent view angle
LeeG19-Jul-2011 03:43
Awesome point of view and great processing as well!
C Ann How15-Apr-2011 17:33
You are so good at these ... what a moment of anticipation! V
Patrick HANEZ05-Feb-2011 21:24
Incredible !!! BVVV
D Fratto09-Sep-2010 02:11
Great Shot!!!! V!!!
Don Mottershead06-Sep-2010 05:25
A classic. ~V~
chriswhitehead0703-Aug-2010 21:23
great capture ~~~V~~~
Paul James09-Jul-2010 05:13
One of the first ultra wide angle photographs that really caught my attention & made me want to shoot likewise, and I'm able to now so Thank You to Fred!
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Ron Horloff19-Jun-2010 19:17
A perfect composition, caught at the right moment.
Steve Morris12-Jun-2010 15:58
This shot has impact by the bucket load!! Superb work!BV
Guest 24-Mar-2010 01:41
great capture
ilan shtinberg24-Dec-2009 05:59
thats so beautiful ! i fill like i am standing there.v
Anna Pagnacco08-Sep-2009 19:01
Superb!!! ( V ) Anna
Benoit Durocher Photographie17-Aug-2009 01:43
One of your best action shot in my opinion.Terrific sky too. V!
Flo Hendry07-Jul-2009 16:07
Great perspective and anticipation captured. Nice details and colors. Excellent!!! BraVo.
Steve Mockford27-Jun-2009 05:49
Great use of the wide angle. A real sense of the action. ~V~
Bang Truong25-Jun-2009 06:13
I love this wide angle shot !!
Chris Spracklen18-Jun-2009 20:32
Fantastic capture, Fred! (V)
Everything about ~ composition, d.o.f., colours, clarity, sky ~ it is first-rate, my friend.
bob reynolds08-Mar-2009 17:46
Great view and perspective. It makes you think about what is running through the rider's minds before they take off
khaled_im03-Jan-2009 22:58
up close, in your face action...brilliant
Sergio Pessolano20-Sep-2008 22:01
It works great. V.
Yiannis Pavlis18-Sep-2008 04:30
Brilliant composition and presentation.V
John15-Sep-2008 16:04
The wide angle works stunning at this pov. A big V
Mark Fellows13-Sep-2008 16:24
I would rate this as one of the best images I have every seen. The composition is superb, making an extremely interesting image. The exposure is dead on. The colors are exactly as they should be. The image is sharp enough. A Definite VOTE from me!
Marco Valk11-Sep-2008 07:21
great angle and terrific exposure. voted
J. Scott Coile08-Sep-2008 14:14
Hyper-active! Killer processing and capture.
Sue Robertson07-Sep-2008 22:18
What a great shot!.. Your processing and POV adds plenty of drama.. v
Nikhil Bahl05-Sep-2008 01:34
Excellent perspective and processing. v
Marcia Colelli05-Sep-2008 01:15
great perspective V
Bonnie Underwood04-Sep-2008 23:31
wow!! this is most impressive.
Isabel Silva04-Sep-2008 20:30
Fabulous POV!!!
Robert Charity04-Sep-2008 17:50
yes wonderful POV, v
Aud Elise Sjøsæther04-Sep-2008 15:51
A fantastic shot! Love the POV. The wide angle makes it very dramatic! V
Tomasz Dziubinski - Photography04-Sep-2008 14:27
Cool shot, Vote !
B. Shortall - BCS Photography04-Sep-2008 13:28
Awesome point of view!!! Cant say much else!!
Toney Smith04-Sep-2008 11:57
This lens really makes the clouds stand out. Awesome photo Fred! -V-
Paul L-R04-Sep-2008 09:34
Wow , what an amazing shot. At first glance I thought the flames were coming off the back wheel and then realised they were on the flag. Tremendous use of w/a to creat e a very dramatic shot. V
Matthew Mannell04-Sep-2008 09:32
Very cool shot with a great PoV!
Milan Simic04-Sep-2008 06:21
Terrific proper use of this ultra wide angle... voted!
Claude Martin04-Sep-2008 05:59
That's a great shot...with a lot of superb details... the shy around the biker, the flag giving the impression that the wheel is burning, the perfect restitution of the hight of the pod, the feeling that he's ready the start...
Gus Rosenfeld04-Sep-2008 05:30
Stunning shot!! The rear wheel lined up with the sun-flames on the flag is just so over the top with the rest of the composition. To go from spokes to flag to clouds - - - - - genius work Fred - g