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Clict Magazine has assembled the world's best mtb photographers for their inaugural Clict Photo Annual. 196 pages of amazing dirt/street/dh racing images.

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  • DAMIAN BREACH MARK WATSON FRASER BRITTONGEOFF WAUGH SHAWN SPOMER CHRIS BENNY

    STEVE BEHR VICTOR LUCAS SVEN MARTIN STEPHEN HILLENBRAND

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    Photo Annual #1 2009

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    CASt & CREW

    PUBliSHER FreeWheel Media

    info@freewheel.com.au

    EDitOR Damian Breach

    ASSiStANt EDitOR James Wiiliamson

    james@freewheel.com.au

    EDitORiAl SUPPORt Robin Weaver

    rob@freewheel.com.au

    ARt DiRECtOR/DESiGNER Niki Fisher

    niki@designbypeppi.com.au

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    CONtRiBUtiNG SHOOtERS Damian Breach, Mark Watson, Fraser Britton, Geoff Waugh, Shawn

    Spomer, Chris Benny, Steve Behr, Victor Lucas, Sven Martin, Stephen

    Hillenbrand, John Gibson, Sterling Lorence,

    Adam MacLeod, Markus Greber, Adrian Marcoux, Lars Scharl, David

    Ulrich, Joakim Andreassen, Yorrick Carroux

    ADVERtiSiNG & EDitORiAl Adam MacLeod

    (03) 9853 0841

    Mobile: Adam 0438 292 006

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    EMAIL: info@freewheel.com.au

    POSt CORRESPONDENCE tO : 29 Loch Street,

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    VIC 3101 Articles printed in this publication are the opinion of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Editors or Publishers of Clict.

    Andrew neethling and I shoot quite a lot together. A symbiotic relationship if you will, he knows my style I know his. As a result we constantly give each other shit, but always end up with some gems for our combined efforts. Early 2007 near his home town of Somerset West, Cape town South Africa. Viewpoint trail.

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  • When I was approached by Clict to write the introduction for their first photo annual

    I was shocked, amazed, and humbled. Did this mean that I had finally made it as a

    photographer and can call myself a professional?

    I never planned for this to happen; to become a professional photographer that is.

    It seems like only a few years ago I was looking through my favourite magazines

    photo annual, lost in the imagery and fascinated about how they took the photos.

    now all of a sudden Im writing a forward for one. For me it all started when I final-

    ly bit the bullet and decided to scale back racing and concentrate on photography.

    I have always been amazed at photography and how you can create images that

    can inspire, stir emotion and capture history. taking photos for a job was never

    my intention and my original push to have my images published was, and still is, an

    avenue to display my images my artistic expression of the mountain bike world.

    looking through the list of contributors for this photo annual I can bet that it was

    the same for them. they like riding mountain bikes and they like taking photos and

    one day they woke up and realised that theyre travelling around the world taking

    photos for all of us to enjoy. In reality however its not that easy. Every image

    you see in this magazine, or on the walls of your local bike shop, or as part of an

    advertising campaign are a result of years of blood, sweat, and tears. It takes time,

    money, patience and a lot of luck to get the right photo. You have to put yourself

    in the right place at the right time. You have to take risks and be willing to make

    mistakes. You have to live poor and make sacrifices. You have to beg. You have to

    accept criticism and rejection. Youll get hot, cold, wet, dirty, dusty, thirsty, tired,

    bored, and lonely. the list is endless and its very, very hard work.

    So why do we do it? First off, its fun. We get to travel the world, visit exotic loca-

    tions, hang out with cool people and be part of the best sport in the world. But

    theres more to it than that. We shoot for many reasons and whist I cannot speak

    for all the contributors I would like to guess that were all pretty similar. Simply

    put, we love photography as an art and we love mountain biking and we want to

    combine our two great loves and hopefully when we share what weve created we

    can inspire you to ride and see the sport as we see it.

    that sharing of our images has to be one of the most frustrating parts of the

    work. Photographers are very tough on themselves we want to take photos to push

    our boundaries and please our own inner critic. Its painstaking to select an image

    that we thinks good enough and so many times once weve made that selection our

    customers (a lot of times Editors) pick our least favourite photos. Argghhh, its so

    frustrating and well never understand. this is where a photo annual becomes a

    special part of our photography. A photo annual lets us be the ones who select our

    favourite images; the ones we think are the best. one of the most common things

    asked by people when they see me next to a race track holding a bucket load of

    photo gear is who do you shoot for?. theres a simple answer to that I shoot

    for myself, to please myself. Im pretty sure that everyone youll see on these next

    pages thinks the same, we have to make ourselves happy before we can share with

    the public.

    So here you have the first Clict photo annual. A selection of images that weve

    taken that satisfies ourselves enough to share with you and we all hope that we can

    create that same feelings in you that we get from looking at these photos.

    Enjoy.

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  • DAMIAN BREACH16

    MARK WAtSoN30FRASER BRIttoN142

    GEoFF WAUGH66

    SHAWN SPoMER98CHRIS BENNY124StEVE BEHR136

    VICtoR LUCAS150

    SVEN MARtIN1170

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    Youve seen us on the sides of mountains or hanging around at a race. Were the ones who

    stand out from the crowd. You know, the ones lugging around a huge backpack, staggering

    uncomfortably and being drawn towards tumbling down the hill because of the shear weight of

    our packs. have you ever wondered whats inside those packs. I pulled everything out of mine

    one afternoon having just finished a shoot and heres what I found.

    1. nikon D2X with 70-200mm f2.8 VR attached. I use this lens more than anything else as its

    so fast and versatile.

    2. nikon D2X with 10.5mm f2.8 fisheye attached. My favorite lens. Fisheyes are so much fun.

    3. nikon SB-800 flashes. I sometimes do use three flashes at a race but I stick to two most of

    the time. these babies have been through the wars and have been covered in mud, dust,

    rain, and have also been ridden over a few times.

    4. Pocket Wizards three flashes so I need 4 Pocket Wizards you do the math

    5. tripods with coldshoes attached. Something to hold the flashes and if I use a 3rd flash I

    have a little stand for that which wasnt in the bag.

    6. nikon 50mm f1.8 lens. Great for portrait stuff and I have used it to shoot racing.

    7. nikon 12-24mm f4 lens. I like wide and this lets me have a little more control than fisheye.

    8. Sekonic light meter. not used too much but makes me look like a pro if I pull it out of the bag.

    9. Spare batteries for flashes. I normally carry about 30 spare batteries

    10. Memory cards I have 8 cards as its best not to have all your eggs in one basket as they

    can fail.

    11. Rubber bads and tape for holing things together

    12. Pen for writing of course.

    13. Cleaning accessories its important to keep your stuff clean

    14. Dust blower it gets so dusty at races this little handy thing lets me blow the dust of my

    lenses easily and effectively.

    15. Flash sync cable for that off camera flash scenario when I just want to run one flash.

    16. not shown: various extra little cords, rain jacket, sun cream, camelback bladder, fly spray.

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    Whats in the Bag

  • Damian BreachHOW DiD yOU GEt StARtED iN PHOtOGRAPHy?I guess Ive been playing with a camera for ever but started to take it all seriously

    when I stopped racing bike back in 2003.

    WHEN DiD yOU DECiDE tO SPECiAliSE iN mOUNtAiN BikE PHOtOGRAPHy?I loved racing mountain bikes and still ride as much as I can so I thought Id keep

    being involved in the sport I love.

    ANy mENtORS OR iNflUENCES?My passion for bike photography really grew from skateboard and BMX photogra-

    phy so theyre one big reason I shoot. no real mentor but myself, Shawn Spomer,

    and Sven Martin exhange notes on stuff so I guess we all help each other out.

    fAVOURitE SHOOtiNG lOCAtiON AND WHy?I would say my favorite place to shoot is a place that Ive never shot at and its

    in the Rocky Mountains of Canada. the huge mountains, brilliant vistas, green

    colours, and blue skys all make for a perfect backdrop for shooting. I guess its

    why theres so many mountain bike photographers from Canada.

    WHAt CAmERA GEAR DO yOU USE?I use nikon bodies, lenses, and flashes. If theres one bit of advice on gear that I

    can give its spend your money on good lenses rather than chasing camera tech-

    nology. theres always going to be a better camera than the one you just bought

    but good glass will remain top of the range for years and years and years. I also

    use Manfrotto tripods and White lightning Strobes.

    WHAt ARE yOUR tHOUGHtS ON tHE CURRENt StAtE Of DOWNHill?Its good. Its sucking in the uSA at the moment and the old 2nd home for Aussies

    to race overseas is in a bad state. So many people are just going straight to the

    World Cups now and the Aussie scene is so good theres no real reason to use the

    uSA as a leapfrog to the big league anymore.

    WHAt iS tHE fUtURE fOR mOUNtAiN BikiNG?the return of Slalom and the death of 4X.

    DO yOU Still RiDE/RACE?Yep. Ridden 6 times in the last two weeks and crashed 4 times. I still love pinning

    it until you crash.

    fEARS? Being a failure.

    HOPES? that one day I can be a fulltime photographer.

    DREAmS? to be a full time photographer and no longer having to work 16 hour days with

    two jobs.

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  • Chris has to be one of he unluckiest riders on the world race circuit. At the Snowmass, Colorado he was killing it but his luck was once again against him and he finished way off the pace. Chris is a

    great racer to shoot as he has such an aggressive attacking style and this photo grabbed my attention as it reminds me of how much

    he was pinning it that weekend.

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    Fun, you have to have fun. Jared and Paul Begg take particular attention to Amiels nipples. I guess its an insiders joke. I like the photo as it shows that even though they

    try their hardest to beat each other on the track theyre still friends away from the action.

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    this was a favorite because of all the wood. not that Im a big fan of all the wooden stunts being built these days they sometimes make a nice photo and heres an example as it matches all the big trees.

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  • I like this one as Id just purchased big strobe lights for shooting and this was pretty much the first time I used them. It just worked out right with the big green tress, the colour of the soil, and a glimpse of a

    storm approaching in the background. It also helped that George flipped this huge double.

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    Race photographers have spots on the mountain that they either keep secret or share with other photo buddies and this shot was taken at one of my secret spots. I had an image in my head as to how I wanted the shot to look but the key ingredient, the

    rider, I had no control over. It wasnt a special part of the track with the stereotypical huge burm or jump to get mega action from and most riders were not hitting it as I wanted. I couldnt ask for the riders to hit the section just one more time as its a race,

    so I just sat there patiently. Rider after rider the shot just wasnt working until I got this one of Joel and bang, it put a smile on my face. I knew my patience had paid off and I had a keeper.

    I was at highland shooting photos with Don hampton from Dh produc-

    tions who was shooting a section for an upcoming DVD. the sun was in a bad spot and the trees were losing

    some colour but when I played around with the photo and put a blue filter

    on it, it just looked different and was appealing to my eye. I generally leave my photos alone as I hate Photoshop but this one was a rare occasion and

    I was happy with the result.

  • I know I said I hate Photoshop but heres another one Ive obviously played with. Sam had just won the race and the ensuing media circus had swamped him for words and images. I jumped behind it all to capture the scene and looking at the photo later I thought that by making everything but Sam B&W that Id be able to make the photo more representational of the scene as Sam was the centre of everyones attention.

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    Sometimes you dont even plan for a photo and it just works out. I was shooting street stuff with Adam and he was waiting for an all-clear from me as there were cars and people coming and going. one such time when there were a few people around the wait was longer than usual so I decided to shoot some photos of Adam waiting and it just worked out so well. Maybe I should name the photo Waiting.

    Jared had a killer year in 2007 and he end...