Red Hook Crit No.10 - Focus on the Photographers - Kamal Balgobin

During this years RHC I decided to take a look beside me and photograph some of the homies that work hard capturing the red hook crit experience. Some say that the race wouldn't be what it is today without the messengers that competed in the past. Well i believe that the race wouldn't be what it is today without the amazing photographers that have the talent to capture all of red hook crit's special moments with the entire world.

I asked United Kingdom native, Kamal Balgobin 6 Questions about his experience photographing the 10th Edition of the Red Hook Criterium series. Check out what he has to say below and make sure to check out his take of the race on instagram & his .com.

IG: @kamalrb and his website, KamalRB.com & Facebook where you can see his current projects and keep in touch for future projects.

Enjoy!

 Kamal Balgobin - Photo: Cordell Murray    What kind of photographer do you consider yourself?   I’d have to classify myself as an extremely amateur photographer at this point because I am very new to the game and only have around a years experience under my belt so far.    What Equipment did you shoot with at RHC10?   Canon 7D MKII, 24-105mm F/4 and a 50mm F/1.4.    What were you specifically looking to photograph?   At Brooklyn this year I was looking to cover some of the racing itself, experiment with low light conditions without a flash during the finals which was a nice learning process. I was also looking to practice shooting portraits with my 50mm for a future project i have in the works.    How many photos did you shoot in total?   I’ve already started filtering through them at the time of this interview so I don’t have exact numbers anymore but I’d guess I started with around 4000, most of which probably won’t see the light of day.    How many times have you shot at a Red Hook event?   I shot at Barcelona and Milan last year, I also attempted to qualify at these events too so i picked up the camera during the events just to familiarize with seeing the race from a different perspective.    What was your favorite moment of the race day to shoot and why?   My favorite moments on race day was shooting portraits and interacting with people when they’re not on the course. In Barcelona and Milan I realized how easy it was to just photograph qualifying and end up with a lot of uninteresting and very repetitive content which is something I hope is a habit I don’t develop this season.    -P.S. Shout out to Cordell at Stay Alive Studio for always showing love, support and positivity every time we meet.     RHC10 portraits - by: Kamal Rupert Balgobin

Kamal Balgobin - Photo: Cordell Murray

What kind of photographer do you consider yourself? I’d have to classify myself as an extremely amateur photographer at this point because I am very new to the game and only have around a years experience under my belt so far.

What Equipment did you shoot with at RHC10? Canon 7D MKII, 24-105mm F/4 and a 50mm F/1.4.

What were you specifically looking to photograph? At Brooklyn this year I was looking to cover some of the racing itself, experiment with low light conditions without a flash during the finals which was a nice learning process. I was also looking to practice shooting portraits with my 50mm for a future project i have in the works.

How many photos did you shoot in total? I’ve already started filtering through them at the time of this interview so I don’t have exact numbers anymore but I’d guess I started with around 4000, most of which probably won’t see the light of day.

How many times have you shot at a Red Hook event? I shot at Barcelona and Milan last year, I also attempted to qualify at these events too so i picked up the camera during the events just to familiarize with seeing the race from a different perspective.

What was your favorite moment of the race day to shoot and why? My favorite moments on race day was shooting portraits and interacting with people when they’re not on the course. In Barcelona and Milan I realized how easy it was to just photograph qualifying and end up with a lot of uninteresting and very repetitive content which is something I hope is a habit I don’t develop this season.

-P.S. Shout out to Cordell at Stay Alive Studio for always showing love, support and positivity every time we meet.

RHC10 portraits - by: Kamal Rupert Balgobin