JA­SON BEACHAM

Australian Mountain Bike - - Shimano -

Sony A7r Mk3 Lens: Zeiss 16-35 f4 Shot 16mm 1/250th at f4 ISO2000 with 3 GODOX TT685 flashes fired re­motely

“I was in the Crankworx Deep Sum­mer shoot in Ro­torua, and when I got in­vited I thought ‘Sweet, what can I do with nat­u­ral fea­tures around there’. I had some in­spi­ra­tion for what I wanted to do from other shots and other ideas based on the en­vi­ron­ment. Hav­ing seen shots with smoke and ar­ti­fi­cial props I knew I wanted to do some­thing like that, but I wanted to see if I could do some­thing nat­u­ral us­ing the steam and ther­mal ac­tiv­ity in Ro­torua and us­ing flashes.

This shot is at Te Puia, a Maori cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence area – and luck­ily enough one of the rid­ers knew some peo­ple who knew some peo­ple and we could go out be­fore Te Puia opened at dawn. Bet­ter yet, we could shoot right next to the geyser. Only a hand­ful of peo­ple ever get to go past the bar­ri­ers.

We had time to play with some set flashes as the geyser went off. I was impressed with how the flashes lit it up and the ground around it. I wanted to get cre­ative. The light meant al­most like a tri­an­gle formed, and I had the idea to get the two best peo­ple to wheelie and stop­pie and make a pyra­mid im­age. So the rid­ers frame the bot­tom, and steam frames top. I was pretty wrapped with the out­come.

Look­ing at other im­ages that were en­tered I thought I was up against stiff com­pe­ti­tion. But I hoped the unique­ness of this shot for the Light cat­e­gory was enough to sway some peo­ple.

With my pho­tog­ra­phy I want to be able to blend the tech and artsy things and make sure we are still hav­ing fun. The peo­ple I get to shoot are amaz­ing, there are lots of ta­lented peo­ple across the world es­pe­cially in NZ. The bike com­mu­nity around the world are in­cred­i­ble and be­ing part of it is awe­some, some of my best friends come from bik­ing, I con­sider them my ex­tended fam­ily. I want to be able to cat­a­logue my ex­pe­ri­ences by my pho­tog­ra­phy.”

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