Traveling by bike, especially a mountain bike is one of things I enjoy most. After a few years of road bike touring, my bike partner and I decided to start long distance trips on our mountain bikes. We would link up dirt roads, forest road, singletrack and a bit of pavement miles to piece together our routes. We had been to Oregon two years before, and this year we decided on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. Alaska had a late spring that year, which forced us on more asphalt roads then we’d like, but we still had a great time. I took my Nikon D750 with my 24-120mm lens. The 24-120mm is my usual go to for traveling. I lose zoom if I see wildlife, but that’s a compromise I don’t mind making since landscapes are usually my priority. It’s a good versatile range for me and having just one lens makes things easier when on adventure trips. The D750 is a hefty camera, but I rigged it on top of my handlebar bag in a bag with a water resistant cover. It allowed me easy access to the camera and I could also keep an eye on it when riding over rocky singletrack. I chose two to three representative photographs per day to share of the trip.
For these trips, there’s no waiting for the perfect lighting for sunrise or sunset, or even getting to a place with the best composition. No room for a tripod either. Biking was the first priority. It was a physically demanding trip (the best kind of trip!) and the camera was as a way to document our journey.