Rob Dolecki

Basics: Rob Dolecki, 38, Philadelphia

What gear do you use?
At any given time, one or more of the following: Canon 1D Mark II, 15, 17-35, 50, 70-200mm lenses, Hasselblad 501CM, 30, 80, 150mm lenses, Canon EOS 1N, Hasselblad XPan, Lomo LC-A, Holga, Canon G9, Lumedyne Action Pack, Sunpack 555’s, Canon 550 EX, Pocket Wizards, and the camera setup I probably use most often, a Blackberry Curve 8900.

What got you into photography?
I started a ‘zine around 1996 and needed photos for it, so I bought a Canon AE-1.

What inspires you to create?
Bike riding that looks awesome to watch and makes me want to ride.

What are your ideal conditions for shooting?
Wherever and whenever someone wants to ride and shoot a pic of something that results in the previous answer.

What problems do you often come across as a photographer?
Three things come to mind- security guards, flats, and dust.

Any favorite spots to shoot at, people to shoot with?
Anywhere new for me; anyone who is willing to carry my second camera bag when on a trip.

Is there a particular photo that you’ve seen that you always think about?
There have been so many amazing photos taken from multiple people over the years that make me want to either ride and/ or take photos that I couldn’t narrow it down to just one.

Any tips or advice to beginners?
As with most things, for taking photos it seems like in order to keep learning and have longevity, motivation from the enjoyment of it is better than motivation from a potential paycheck.
I try to stay away from cliche`s, but it’s the only answer that comes to mind at the moment that’s probably worth typing.

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