Spoke No.79

Spoke strives to bring a fresh and innovative look at mountain biking through original content, bold design and high quality production values. It provides an unbiased look at the lives and activities of mountain bikers in Aotearoa, consistently pushing the boundaries of mountain bike photography and graphic design. Spoke is published four times a year

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New Zealand
Arrowsmith Media Ltd
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1 min.
charlie's choice

The moment we arrived at this location, Charlie spotted a steep chute that he thought would work well for a pan-shot. I told him, "it won't work, it's too steep, it's not the right kind of foreground, not worth it". So we went off to shoot the trail we'd come down to shoot. After a successful session Charlie again suggested that we try capturing a pan shot in this section, again, I told him, "it's no good, it'll look rubbish, not worth it" Charlie was adamant that it would work, so I finally gave up and said "fine, knock yourself out then, if it'll make you happy". Turns out it worked really well, and I should follow my own advice: it's important to let the riders shoot on the things…

1 min.
balls to the wall

I shot this photo during the Mountain Bikes on Snow event at Cardrona during this year's Winter-Fest. I was expecting the whole race to just be pure carnage, so I positioned myself at the end of the longest downhill section which lead into a super tight right-hand turn with an ass breaking speed check bump at its apex. I thought this would be the best spot to catch some over the bar's money shots. To everyone's surprise the first place rider "pictured" hit this section at eye-watering speed, completely sideways, one foot of the pegs and made it look easy, the rest of the riders delivered those money shots! Rider: Jimmy Pollard Location: Cardrona, NZ Shutter speed: 1/4000 Aperture: f3.5 ISO: 110…

1 min.
off the beaten track

Unless, for some crazy reason, you are heading to Palmerston North, almost all road trips north from Wellington lead past Foxton. Now, thanks to Southstar Trails, you actually have a reason other than gas to stop there. That reason? The absolutely massive Foxton Beach pump track. After our first attempt at shooting photos was thwarted by over 100 jandal wearing kids on scooters, Elliot knew we had to get back. On this, our second visit, Elliot hit the jackpot, the light was firing and there wasn’t a scooter in sight. Rider: Elliot Smith Location: Foxton Beach, NZ Shutter speed: 1/1000 Aperture: f3.2 ISO: 1000…

1 min.
between baby pines

I love going for a spin around the woods with Katy. It always ends up in us laughing about something for way to long. Just before I flew back to New Zealand we managed to squeeze in a quick blast around one of our old stomping ground in the Tweed Valley. I thought I would bring my camera along and pull it out if we saw anything cool. Katy was finally getting back to 100% after her concussion in Tasmania. She was flying that night. I'm really excited to see what Katy will do next year in the EWS. Rider: Katy Winton Location: Tweed Valley, Scotland Shutter speed: 1/2000 Aperture: f4.0 ISO: 1250…

1 min.
no fall zone

This first hit had it all; Backflip, flat drop and a 1-hour drive from cell reception. With all that taken into account, Conor flipping this must have to be one of the gnarlier things I've seen through the viewfinder. Conor seems to have a pretty good process figured out by now with how to approach these situations in a calm well thought out manner rather than the huck and hope approach, which always make us bystander feel a bit better when in the middle of nowhere... Rider: Conor Macfarlane Location: Central Otago, NZ Shutter speed: 1/1000 Aperture: f6.3 ISO: 640…

1 min.
not the whole story

There is a good story behind this shot, and I imagine it’s one that Nils doesn’t want told. It’s a classic example of the old adage ‘photos only need to look good for a split second’. The next two frames in the sequence tell the full story, with Nils fully nosed in and a look of terror on his face. Like all good stories though, this one ends well, so maybe we should just appreciate the insane shape he’s cutting. I should also add that Nils, along with Brady Stone and John Richardson, recently took out the EWS U21 Trophy of Nations for Team NZL. Congratulations boys! Rider: Nils Heiniger Location: Rotorua, NZ Shutter speed: 1/1000 Aperture: f1.2 ISO: 100…