On your bike
When your subject is whizzing past at 35mph you need to be confident your gear can stand the pace, says Trevor Mould
Trevor Mould shows us how to capture superb cyclist shots
Hanging out of a car in a sandstorm is a great way to exfoliate your skin, but it creates challenging conditions for photography, as Trevor Mould – team photographer for ONE Pro Cycling – discovered. Trevor was in the middle of the Dubai Desert for stage 3 of the Dubai Tour 2017 when the weather turned nasty. ‘Riders don’t usually continue in such conditions,’ he explains, ‘ but these guys were out in it for about three hours – by the end their skin was as smooth as a baby’s bum!’ Determined to capture something unusual Trevor continued to shoot with his Olympus OM-D E-M1 and M.Zuiko 12- 40mm lens during the storm, and was delighted at how his gear coped. ‘I had absolutely no problems with it,’ he enthuses. ‘I stuck a few filters on the front of the lens and everything was fine.’ Trevor’s relationship with Olympus dates back to the 1970s when his best friend’s dad lent him an OM-1. ‘I really enjoyed using it, but film processing was expensive back then,’ he recalls. After that Trevor mainly shot pictures of his family, until he became involved in sport – cricket, to be precise. ‘A few years ago I was the commercial director at Sussex County Cricket Club,’ he reveals. ‘We used to spend a fortune hiring photographers to cover matches, so I decided to spend the budget on a DSLR and lenses and have a go.’ Trevor shot for the club for four years before turning to cycling. ‘ The cricketer Matt Prior is a friend of mine,’ he says. ‘After injuring his Achilles tendon he had to use a bike for his cardio work. When he retired he let me know he was setting up a cycling team.’
At this point Trevor knew nothing about cycling, but decided to go to the team’s first race – the Perfs Pedal Race in Portsmouth – to see what it was about and take some shots. ‘I didn’t know what I was doing or who any of the guys were,’ he says. But his pictures impressed team manager Becky Frewing, who asked him to join the group the next week. ‘Four years, and some 180 races, later I’m still going,’ he laughs.
But the transition from shooting cricket to cycling wasn’t easy. ‘When you’re shooting stadium sports, like cricket, you pretty much know what’s going to happen – the bowler is going to come in from one end, for example – but you can’t predict anything in cycling,’ says Trevor.
‘You might have 180 riders coming towards you at 35mph, and all you are interested in is your team.’
Making the change
As he became more involved in the sport Trevor began to find his DSLR limiting, so he decided to switch to a mirrorless system. He used an Olympus OM-D E-M1, then moved to the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II six months ago. ‘ The team competes in a lot of overseas races, and I like to carry all my equipment in one rucksack on the plane,’ he explains. ‘ The beauty of cycling photography is that you are so close to the action that a long telephoto is not essential. I use everything from an Olympus M.Zuiko 8mm Fisheye PRO (16mm, 35mm equiv) to an Olympus M.Zuiko 300mm PRO telephoto (600mm, 35mm equiv).’
The range of lenses Trevor carries reflects the different areas of cycling he covers, from intimate shots of the team preparing, to action on the road, and wider shots of riders set against popular landmarks. ‘During the Tour of Britain the route passes castles, cathedrals and country estates,’ he confirms. ‘ There’s a bit of an art form developing in this area.’ This requires a different level of artistry, but Trevor is not fazed by it, partly due to the confidence he has in his gear. ‘Since I started using the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, I have always got the shot I need. I have never had an issue where the camera hasn’t done what I expected it to.’ Long may it continue.
When you’re working by the side of the road and there’s an iconic landmark such as the Wembley arches in sight, a fisheye lens is the perfect companion Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, Olympus M.Zuiko 8mm Fisheye, 1/2500sec at f/2.5, ISO 800
Left: A freak sandstorm hits riders in the middle of the Dubai Desert on Stage 3 of the Dubai Tour 2017 Olympus OM-D E-M1, Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm, 1/2000sec at f/5.6, ISO 200
Trevor Mould is the team photographer for ONE Pro Cycling. See www. mouldypix.com, and @ MouldyPIX on Twitter.
Left: The sweet taste of victory – Emils Liepins crosses the line and enjoys his first professional win at the Heistse Pijl one-day race in Belgium Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, Olympus M.Zuiko 300mm, 1/1000sec at f/4, ISO 400