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

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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

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