It's Thursday and that means it's time for another Through the Lens blog. Every week we bring you some of the most spectacular images in the world of cycling.
By now you should know the format, we interview a photographer with a particular passion for all things two wheeled, and then take a look at some of their favourite shots. Past week's editions have included some great images from Jens Staudt, Kurt de Freitas, Daniel Roos, Justin Kosman and Brad Holmes.
This week we get to know Dave Trumpore and take a look at some of his images.
Who/what are your main influences?
I've probably picked up bits and pieces through the years from all the photographers in Dirt, but can't really narrow it down to individuals. I do like photography that tells a story like the folks at Vital do. I also like photos that have that little bit of an X-factor too them and lately I have really been digging Adrian Marcoux's stuff.
Do you have a particular favourite photo you’ve taken and why?
No particular favourites, but the photo of Sam Blenkinsop (below) was the first time I remember knowing I had a winner without even having to look at it. Same goes for the one of Andrew Neethling in Whistler, it just has a sense of speed and focus to it.
What's the most challenging location you've ever shot in?
Red Bull Rampage where you are out in 100 degree weather all day trying to cover action that happens so sporadically and is so spread out. It is hard to be so patient when you know big moves are about to go off everywhere, and to get to one you give up on others. I remember always having two cameras ready at all times and usually had at least three potential shots planned out. When riders started moving you just had to hope you were prepared and react.
Technique or tools – what's the most invaluable?
For tools I would have to say my 70-200 2.8, and 15 fisheye for lenses, and for processing Lightroom 4 is pretty amazing. No amount of equipment can ever replace a good eye, an understanding of light, and hustle to get where you need to be to get the shot.
Any locations or riders you would particularly like to work with in the future?
I would love to shoot Brendan Fairclough in a gnarly big mountain setting. I feel like he was just getting warmed up at Rampage, and even little bit of shooting we did do was awesome. And Sam Hill, flat out somewhere in pissing rain.
Thoughts on Instagram – Good or bad?
I use it and like it. Once you weed through all those pics of food there can be some really awesome content hiding in there.
If you weren't a photographer, what would you want to be and why?
Well since I am still working to make photography a full time gig I will have to say that I would be working pretty damn hard to become a photographer (so I would be doing what I am doing now).
What's the one bit of advice you'd give to budding young photographers?
Practice, practice, practice, read and study all the photo tutorials you can find, and practice more so you you know what all the camera's adjustments and settings do/effect. If you are going to invest in equipment, invest in lenses first not camera bodies and lots of flashes. Learn post processing, know what all the adjustments do, don't simply rely on camera or software presets. Most importantly, learn from your mistakes.
For more awesome photography from Dave Trumpore check out his website: www.davetrumporephoto.com
A big thank you to Dave for providing the images and answers to our questions.
Which picture is your personal favourite? Let us know in the comments section below.