MATT WOOD

Australian Mountain Bike - - Shimano -

Canon 5D Mk4 Canon 70-200 f2.8 lens ISO-1000 F3.2 1/1250 at 70mm

“This was shot in Ro­torua’s Whakare­warewa for­est. It was Tihi’s (short for Tihi O Tawa) first out­ing as a trail dog in train­ing. I needed a trail dog photo for Deep Sum­mer and I went out think­ing we would be muck­ing around most of the day train­ing Tihi how to run with bikes. Sur­pris­ingly he In­stinc­tively knew what to do and this shot came out of a short and sweet photo ses­sion.

When I think of cap­tur­ing move­ment the first thing the pops to mind is pan shots. Want­ing to stand out from what I thought the crowd would en­ter, I de­cided on this photo as even though it’s kind of a static im­age, the mo­tion blur on Tihi and the an­gle Ben has his bike on straight­away tells you they are both on the gas. And to be hon­est, I suck at pan shots and haven’t got any to en­ter any­way.

I was blown away by how strong the other fi­nal­ists en­tries were, Some of moun­tain bike pho­tog­ra­phy’s big­gest names had en­tered. So to take the win in a cat­e­gory I am beyond stoked. It was to­tally the dog that won it though. No one can re­sist a good boi! I just love taking rad bike pho­tos, noth­ing more to it.”

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