Sunday 31 January 2010

Few shots from Gawton

Back on the same shoot as all the Husky shots and the Will Soffe ( keep an eye on pinkbike in the next week for the Soffe stuff ) This guy called Jon came along.

Anyway as no magazines will want any photos of Jon ( didnt catch his last name ) i can put them up.

and i am really happy with a few of them so take a look and let me know what you think.

And post with stuff from a few days shooting with Berny Kerr and Harry Molloy coming up in the next day or so. photos and a vid...

Tuesday 26 January 2010

A week or so ago i got a call from Lee Huskinson saying he was coming down this way after id asked him to let me know. So we went to Gawton and shot some photos and agreed for him to come down the week after to shoot a vid. So here is one of the shots from the first weekend, and the vid which i shot on the Second weekend.

Got a lot more SICK shots of Lee which will be making there way in to Mags and Sites over the coming month or so so.

Let me know what you think and enjoy:

Lee Huskinson from jacob gibbins on Vimeo.

Sunday 24 January 2010

Interview with me...

One of my mates Martin Brown interviewed me as part of his A level photography course and said i could put a copy of it up on here so anyone who reads this can have a nosey...

Jacob Gibbins Interview Jan 2010-01-24
Martin Brown

How did you get into photography?

I first got in to photography 3-4 years ago and it came from wanting to see how I was riding. so I would take some photos of my mate show them to him, he would some of me etc etc until they started saying no you take one of me your good at it...

Did you teach yourself or were you taught?

I taught myself through trial and error. pressing all the buttons and wishing I hadn't pressed most of them right after...
I did do an a level in photography but all it taught me way about film and darkroom etc and gave me a chance to do work outside my normal comfort zone.

How long have you been a ‘serious photographer’?

Been taking photos with an aim to take good photos for 2-3 years, and started making money from it 2 years ago. ish I didn't really count when I started.

How important is Photo shop and other editing software in your final images?

Very every image that I put online goes through photo shop. just tweaks to most of them to make them as good as they can be. and with the direction its all going its getting more important. I mean you can make a career out of being good in photo shop?!

How important is it to you, to get your photos right first time without editing?

ERM I have to get composition right straight off and crop 5% of my images. don't like cutting away parts of an image.
as for lighting and the technical aspect of a photo you have to get them right in camera, every photographer aims to not to need to use photo shop. but we all do. but sometimes if there is something in the way or no way of getting round it I shoot knowing I can change or fix it on post.

What is the most memorable shoot you have done?

I would say my first ever paying gig, the 2stage shoot and the week ive spent in Spain so far... but I think I will by the end of this year have a whole new idea of what memorable is.

How many shots do you take on your average shoot and how many will you put
online or get published in magazines?

If I spent a whole day shooting I will take on average 2-500 shots. if I get 75% of them good enough to go to print im happy.
If I shot 100 photos 80 would be good, 20 would make it online, 10 would be used by someone for something and 1 or 2 may make it in to a mag.

How do you make your subjects feel more relaxed in front of the camera?

By being me, ive always been a people person and very social, im also very easy going and seem to get on with everyone I come across. just gauge what they are like, what they find funny etc and go with it, make jokes, take the piss, and be confident, and show them what your shooting as you go so they know your not making them look like weapons.

What would you say the most challenging thing is about photographing mountain biking?

The weather, the endless list of variables from the rider, you, my equipment there bikes etc etc if the weathers good the challenge is all in your head, trying take images that are great. if the weathers shit you just have to work a bit harder to find the motivation to do that.

As a photographer which other photographer inspire you?

PhotographerS, and more than I can list, when im not working or riding or out doing something I just scroll through blogs and websites of 1000s of photographers. there is so much amazing work out there and readily available on the net that its hard no to be inspired by some of it.

Any photography sites and blogs you visit often?

Dirt,vital,pinkbike,ride,defgrip bmx blog,therewasrain, yimmysyayo,rudelife,asmithphotography,thegroundctrl are just a few of them.

Do you advertise? And if so how?

In a way. my blog and site, being active members of clubs and forums etc, being on all the social networking sites, making films etc

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

Abroad, taking photos of what ever I can.

Thanks a lot

Thursday 21 January 2010

Slow mo testing

Right I as you will have now have been told if you read this blog shoot all my film on a Nikon D90 camera.

It being primaraly a stills camera has its draw backs and sticking with in them is what makes the footage from it useable.

One of the many draw backs is the low 24fps frame rate it shoots at.

Now for some things this is a good thing as it gives a more cinematic feel to the footage but when shooting fast moving objects such as rapid Dh riders you want a fast fps so slow mos are smoother.

So i have steered clear of them up till now. had a play about and aslong as you dont push it to far i think it looks alright...

Let me know what you think of it as it may creep in to a few of my next few edits.

Ta Jacob

Few more of Zak Hurrell

Just 2 more shots of Zak Hurrell from my shoot with him and Jim Davage for locals.

Couldnt decide if i liked the colour or mono more so comment on which you like more.

Kept them off line till nwo as 1 of the shots was in the new Dirt which i got today.

So Here they are.

Im happy with them, Got some great shots of Will Soffe, Lee Huskinson, Brendan Fairclough to put up once i know whats happening with them so just keep your eyes peeled.

Wednesday 20 January 2010

Jay Williamson at woodlands

Went out to my local woods this afternoon to shoot some photos with Jay and Tom.

Been out there everyday this week building a track thats getting filmed with lee huskinson on friday and its looking good! no pain no gain eh

Anyway some photos, there not amazing and not anything that can be sold or sent to people to this is a my blog exclusive!

Let me know what you think of em...

Tuesday 19 January 2010

Locals the film

A short free to view online film about a select few of SouthWest Englads best riders. Shot on a Nikon D90 all over the SouthWest with both up and coming riders and guys that have already raced in world cups. A big thanks to all the supporters: , ,,,

That is the blurb anyway.

Been a long prosess of some 4 months, a lot of hard work, late nights, long days, miles and miles on foot and by car and early mornings galore but all worth it.

Wanted to make a proper extended web film for years, made half of one years ago before i ever got in to photography for some fun with my mates but never got it done.This time though i have and im happy with it, first of MUCH more video content coming outa me in the next year so keep an eye on it.


More Mountain Biking >>


More Mountain Biking >>

Ta let me know what you think and be constructive, this is my first film.

Sunday 17 January 2010

Adam and Olly

Dirt asked me to go film a video for them last month, they said i could do it on near as what ever i wanted riding related... so i gave these 2 a call and got it sorted.

Both great riders, fast, stylish, nice so had a good time.

3 of the bests from the day in black and white.

see the video here:

More Mountain Biking >>

Saturday 16 January 2010

Will Harv, Portraits

Just a couple of portraits of my mate.

Took these back in Aug of 09 and just never got round to putting them online.

Anyway now i have, was a shite day and we got bored so took some photos, just a bit of fun...

Luke Ball at woodlands

Right a few months ago i met up with star of my Locals film Luke Ball out at Tavi woodlands for a bit of a photoshoot for his interview in the current wideopen ( ) download it and have a read of the interview and a LOT of other bike gold.

click the page to launch the mag and hit escape to close again

Anyway now thats gone out you can have a look at some of the images they used and some they didnt...

Full Gallery of images Here:

Few of the bests of Luke Ball:

Wednesday 13 January 2010

Interview with me...

Realised i never posted this up on here so here it is: great interview with me on pinkbike:

Ta another more film oriantated interview to go up soon along with the relase of my locals film

Dartmoor in the snow

With all this snow and ice about for a photographer to not go out and take a few snaps would be madness! so with that in mind a few days ago i got the camera with the 50mm on and took the dog on a nice long walk around the moors and lanes around tavistock.

Here are a few of my favs, nothing to amazing but just nice.



First off this is a shot of the same bit of moorland, with the road and tors, in summer and winter, amazingly differant!

Tuesday 12 January 2010

My first book has landed and looks great!

Right got my copy of my book in the post this morning and im really happy with it.

Its just what i thought it would be and more, images look great in print, nicely done,good glossy paper... so yeh great little book. go buy it here:

Few photos of the genuine article:

Some framed prints i have lying about...£10 each!

Hey finaly got round to getting some shots of a few framed landscape prints on here.

Had about 40 done up a few months before xmas and sold them localy in markets and shops/cafes.

Anyway had these few knocking about that didnt get sold... cant bare to see good prints sat stacked on my shelf so blow out!

£10 posted to anywhere on mainland uk, for further a feild email me for a quote ( wont be more than a quid more)

Anyway there all A4 sized in black wood frames, printed on good quality photographic paper.

If you want to buy one or a few email via the email on the home page.

Thanks Jacob Gibbins