I GOR SCHIFRIS

Australian Mountain Bike - - Shimano -

Nikon D5 Lens: Nikkor 105/2.8 macro Flash: Wire­less Strobe Nikon SB-910 with dif­fuser Nikon SW-13 and ra­dio con­trol unit Phot­tix Odin II Set­ting: 1/100 sec, f 11, ISO 320

“This photo was taken at Wetherby sta­tion, Queens­land, be­fore the start of the last stage of the Crocodile Tro­phy in 2017, a time trial to the beach in Port Dou­glas. The rid­ers start from 10:00, and leave every 20 sec. In the re­main­ing time, the par­tic­i­pants sit in small groups and ex­change the im­pres­sions of the stage race that they have had.

One group of a Ger­man and Aus­trian rider dis­cov­ered one small frog at the bi­cy­cle and called me to take a pic­ture. For this shot, I have used a cam­era with a macro lens.105 mm is a uni­ver­sal fo­cal length in macro pho­tog­ra­phy, it al­lows shooting of shy an­i­mals with greater dis­tance. I also love this lens for close por­traits in sport, be­cause I am not too close to the rid­ers and it is less an­noy­ing for them.

In rel­a­tively low light, the in­creased ISO num­ber was re­quired to so that I could take a pic­ture from my hand with a small aper­ture for the depth of field. I used the wire­less strobe in front of the frog (in the hand of the Ger­man rider Carsten) which helped to rep­re­sent the struc­tures of the frog more beau­ti­fully.

For me, this pic­ture was my first choice for the Close Up cat­e­gory be­cause it is a clas­sic close up shot pro­vid­ing a lot of de­tail.

Af­ter the pub­li­ca­tion of the 48 pic­tures in the fi­nal, I was not only amazed how high the level of con­test was but also that two of my pho­tos were in the se­lec­tion to­gether with these great shots! But I doubted that my two cho­sen pic­tures were worth the win. Mostly there were ac­tion pic­tures and I thought read­ers of a sport mag­a­zine would vote for ac­tion shots. For me, pho­tog­ra­phy is my hobby, my great pas­sion, my way of trav­el­ing the world, dis­cov­er­ing new coun­tries and find­ing new friends.”

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