Kicking off the new year with something I’ve wanted to put together for more than a few years. In the vein of the “5 Questions” series I did waaaaay back in 2013 with some well-known cycling photographers, I’m looking to profile cycling Instagrammers I think are killing it. It looks as though I may have a decent amount of participants, so you can look forward to at least weekly posts in the foreseeable future. Let me know who your favorite Instagrammers are and I’ll see if I can get them profiled here. First up, we check out @dirtdrops from Northern California.

I hope you geek out and enjoy reading Essential ‘Grams as much as I have been while compiling these posts.



Tell us a bit about yourself.

Started in SoCal. Learned about bikes in Philly. @dexspts sold me my first bike. Oh yeah, it had a King headset.

Relocated to NorCal. Been living in Santa Cruz County for 4 years. All you have to do is point a camera here and you get a great capture.

I am currently an ambassador for @nomadcyclingapparel. No racing, just riding and experiencing movement on the bike.

How or why do you use Instagram?

Always has been, always will be a hobby. My best captures occur during actual experiences. Life on the bike is…life!



What do you shoot with?

Mostly Sony RX100 V. When I have a bag, I’ll bring my Sony a6000. Lately, my most liked posts have been shot with my a6000 and a 50mm (f1.8) prime lens.

What’s your post-processing routine?

SD card – external hard drive – Lightroom on laptop. Edit briefly then AirDrop to my phone for the IG post.


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What’s your selection process for posting an image?

I typically look at my feed and try to post a pic that contrasts the previous post. It’s always my best shot of the day. When I have multiple exposures from a ride, I put them in my story and then post them to my feed over a few days


@nolifelikethislife (spirit guide)
@papaishi (got me into photography)
@kylethornhill (it’s an experience)
@patrcklee (gatherer of the peeps)
@theradavist (of course)
@rmdub (major inspiration)