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Monday, August 8, 2011

Sturgis Biker Photo Shoot ~ by Dirk Anschutz

Beartooth Highway near Beartooth Pass

During a short and sweet road trip with the missus through Wyoming last year I noticed that there were a lot of bikers out and about and after a while it dawned on me that they were on their way to the big yearly meet-up in Sturgis, South Dakota.  Most of them have been on their bikes for days and you could see in their faces the effects of the wind and the sun. It seemed like we could do a nice little portrait series.

The first day we wanted to do the shoot was too rainy and we decided to use the time for a thorough location scout. We drove out of Cody and took the Chief Joseph Byway to the Beartooth Highway, which took us all the way up into Montana. One road was more spectacular than the next. We decided to set up shop the next morning at a place called Dead Indian Pass.

The spot overlooked a beautiful valley where Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce faked out a pursuing US Army on their (painfully close but unsuccessful) run towards the Canadian border.

We set up lights at a pull-out and asked the bikers that stopped there if they wanted to sit for a portrait. I think we got a nice collection of Amurrrican (and a few Canadian) archetypes.

These bikers were photographed by Dirk Ansch├╝tz in Wyoming on their way to Sturgis 2010.  Dirk will not be at Sturgis 2011 to take photographs, but is a professional photographer for hire and can be reached ~
website www.knipser.com 
blog www.theheavylight.com

Dirk Anschutz

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