Jacques MaraisCameraCanon EOS-1NLensCanon 17–40 mmFilmKodak 100VS transparencyFocal length, 35 mm17 mmISO100F-stop5.6Shutter speed1/250FlashCanon Speedlite 550 fill-in flashFilterPolarizerAbout the shotThis image was part of a shoot I did with the South African Red Bull athletes. Justin Hawkins, one of the world’s top boulderers, and I hiked onto Elsje Peak, a sandstone cliff overlooking False Bay, which is very close to where I live. I wanted to isolate Justin against the sky, and found a narrow ledge onto which I could scramble. This gave me a close-up vantage point with a dramatic view of the sea, sky, and cliff. It looks more hectic than it really is, as the relative safety of the ledge is just out of the frame. Justin trailed some climbing chalk from his hand while swinging away from the cliff, adding even more drama to the shot. Frame, fire, fill-in flash, and that’s about it.BiographyI am based in Cape Town, South Africa and specialize in any human-powered outdoor action. I first studied electronic engineering, but became bored and subsequently got involved in photography. My key clients include Red Bull, Land Rover and the majority of premium travel and adventure magazines in South Africa. I have authored and photographed several books on mountain biking, adventure racing and trekking, and I am currently working on a guide to adrenaline destinations around the globe. I am also a contributing editor to BICYCLING Magazine. I spend a lot of time behind the lens and keyboard, and I’ve lost count of my accumulated frequent flyer miles. My free time is spent on the beautiful Cape Peninsula, kicking back with my family, paddling my sea kayak or bombing trails on a free-ride bike. My motto is to go find the action, even if it means following the athletes from dawn to dusk.