Through the Lens is a new series of blogs that aims to showcase some of the best images in the world of cycling. Every Thursday we’ll interview a different photographer and take a look at some of their favourite shots.
To kick things off this week we have Daniel Roos. Hailing from Germany, Daniel resides in a small village near the Mosel river, but also spends part of the year in Saalbach Hinterglemm in the Austrian Alps allowing him to shoot MTB in the summer and ski/snowboard in the winter (it's alright for some!). Without further ado let's meet the man behind the lens.
Who/what are your main influences?
Sports! Bike! Lifestyle! I worked for an advertising company in Germany for a pretty long time, our main focus was on fashion and cookbook pictures. I already spent all of my spare time on my bike, so why not expend and get more into sports photography. The focus changed a little, today it's mainly sports and food photography.
Do you have a particular favourite photo you’ve taken and why?
I don't really have a favourite photo. I like them for a certain time, but then I go on and look for new themes and ideas. There’s a bunch of shots that stay in your mind for a longer time, but mainly it’s the stories and the history around and behind a photo that makes it outstanding for yourself.
What's the most challenging location you've ever shot in?
Winter! Snow! Ice! I recently moved from the German flatlands to the Alps and got more into ski and snowboard photography. You have to fight different battles here, especially if your focus is on freeride shots: -17°C, freezing cold wind, deep snow and as a bonus your equipment's already frozen to your fingers. It's not like a bike-shoot, you can't jump around that much, every movement is a challenge in over-hip-deep-snow, but needless to say I love it.
Technique or tools – what's the most invaluable?
Photoshop. I love to edit my pictures in Photoshop. Don't get me wrong I don't distort pictures, all my photos emerge from one RAW file. I don’t piece together photos or manipulate them, if it's not customer required. All my photographs are one-shots.
Any locations or riders you would particularly like to work with in the future?
I really want to go to Utah, I've never been at the Rampage, it's a fixed date on my 2013 calendar. I'm already so looking forward to it. The Andes, Alaska, Greenland and the Himalayas are also on my to do list.
Thoughts on Instagram – Good or bad?
If you weren't a photographer, what would you want to be and why?
I would like to become a photographer! I LOVE MY JOB! I'm pretty sure that's what I would like to be! Since I already had internships with photographers while going to school. It took a while to make that dream come true, in fact I started my photography education at 27 years old, but it's never too late to live your dream, right?
What's the one bit of advice you'd give to budding young photographers?
To photograph, take pictures and snap shots whenever you get the chance, meaning practice, practice, practice… Learn how your camera works out first, then get creative. To be honest, it's a pretty long process until you're really good and you're able to work independently. That's why it's important to photograph every day, and another good one is to never give up. Do it with love and passion then you're going to be good.
Nürnberg District Ride – Germany – Andreu Lacondeguy – One of the sickest Backflip-Supermans I ever seen.
Austrias Sickest – Niki Leitner – Flipwhip – The Marsh
Secret spot – Germany – Hendrik Tafel – 360 drop
Secret Spot – Germany – Niki Leitner – Table Top – The Window
Malaga – Spain – Amir Kabbani – Superman – The Sunset
Saalbach Hinterglemm – Austria – Roli Hofer – SNOW SNOW SNOW
Austrias Sickest – BIZ Kaudela – Backflip Superman
Saalbach Hinterglemm – Austria – Rene Schwabl – The Bridge
La Poma Bikepark – Barcelona – Spain – Andreu Lacondeguy – The Superman
YT-INDUSTRIES – Campaign – Thank You (This is the YT Team – Readers Award 2011 for the "THE BEST BIKE BRAND" in the "Mountainbike Rider Magazine" and "Freeride")
A big thanks to Daniel for taking the time to answer our questions and providing the photos.