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MTB Himalaya Shimla Edition through the eyes of a Shutterbug!

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“I was running like a cheetah! Crossing the bushes, thorns, spider webs and I was breathless. It was an adventurous moment and all I was concerned about was the best shots.”

The adventurous and amazing MTB Himalaya Shimla Edition was lined up for the first week of April and because of some busy and tight schedule we could not cover the much awaited event. So, I decided to meet the MTB Shimla team. The organizer of the event, Ashish Sood was in town and we fixed a meeting with him. He told us about the event in large and then he introduced us to the young and talented photographer Samir Azad who captured the event. It was a warm up event and Samir told us that it was his first time when his camera took some sporty pictures in action.

It was actually amusing to pen down the event after talking to this fabulous photographer. Samir told us that after finishing his studies in Computer Science, he wanted to do something that allured him, which is photography. After meeting Ashish, Samir started taking his hobby, photography seriously and now he is preparing himself and working on the mistakes, for a bigger race, MTB Spiti which is scheduled for July this year.

Let us check out the debut experience of out Shutterbug!

“When the race started my swaggering confidence was deluging and I was sure that I will get the best of pictures. All the participants were full of enthusiasm and so was I. This was the first time I was trying to capture the moving shots and I was totally unaware of the problems I came across,” said Samir with a smile. Later he told me that he was well aware of the short cuts of the trail through Potters Hill so he managed to get some nice shots when the race started. Later when the riders stared speeding up, he was completely confused on how to click the moves. The trail was beautiful and there were many occasions when he wanted to click the moves but missed because the riders were speeding towards the next destination.

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Samir said, “I was running like a cheetah! Crossing the bushes, thorns, spider webs and I was breathless. It was an adventurous moment and all I was concerned about was the best shots. I did captured some, but altogether I was little disappointed because I missed some breathtaking moments. There was a U-turn on the way and a rider took an amazing jump from there. I missed that and none other riders could make it that amazing.”

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For the first time in life, Samir took pictures from a moving bike and it was thrilling experience for him. He was sitting facing the backward side and it was quiet risky, but as Samir says, the risk was worth it. While covering the event Samir learned many things and now he knows the challenges which came his way. So, he is practicing a lot and getting geared for the MTB Spiti. His experience as a novice were intriguing and this time we are surely going to be there. MTB Spiti – we are a game for it!

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