As the nights start to draw out we thought we’d better get this up sharpish! You may remember that back on December we did a night time riding feature with Exposure Lights. Here we going ‘behind the scenes’ with photographer Laurence Crossman-Emms, as he talks us through how he created the images… from cold and wet Welsh mountainsides, to from cold and wet Welsh forests!
Words: Laurence Crossman-Emms
Photos: Laurence Crossman-Emms
BTS Photos: Dan Struthers
When I was approached to shoot some photos for Exposure Lights, I was really excited to go out and try and capture the true essence of night time riding. Creatively this was right up my alley, a mixture of action and dynamic lighting to show both the solitude of the night but also how damn powerful these lights are.
Right from the get go I was thinking long exposures, showing off a swooping piece of trail with an elegant light trail to match. I wanted to also team it with the fast paced riding by freeze framing the action along with the light trail. Technically it’s a tough one to pull off, but then adding in the factors of bikes, night time and being out the wilderness, it adds a whole other level.
Night riding to me is all about getting out in the darkness, enjoying the peace and finding that trail that really buzzes you, so I wanted to shoot this project on a varied set of trails, flowy trail centres to nibbly singletrack, finding somewhere to exaggerate that night time feeling.