We had been scouring the landscape looking for unique lines to ride and shoot for the film Life Cycles. This opportunity was spotted from pretty much the angle this photo was taken from, on an opposing ridge. The large hoodoo type formation in the foreground is massive. I love the sense of scale that I get when I look at the size of the rider compared to where he is riding.
A lot of things need to come together to get shots that really work and this one had all of the elements. To get it, we came back on a sunny day, waited and watched the evening light transform the shapes of the desert landscape into a more interesting world.
The rider is a professional biker, but also a ski athlete, so the line catered to his style. It’s really important to be working with people that can help you achieve the results you’re searching for. What I think this photo has done well is show mountain biking in a slightly different context and hopefully it has a nice balance of nature and action.
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Red Bull Illume judges are carefully chosen from a global selection of the world’s best to form an international judging panel of renowned photo editors and photo experts. Choosing or commissioning great images is literally their life’s work – and there’s no one better to judge this epic global photo contest. Judges will base their decisions on a mix of technical superiority, composition, creativity, artistic flair and overall qualities of photographic excellence.
Best of Instagram by Lenovo
The submissions for Best of Instagram by Lenovo will be judged every month, first by an internal Red Bull Illume jury who will select the top 5 still and 5 moving images, which will be official Red Bull Illume Semi-finalists. These will be put to a community vote on redbullillume.com, resulting in 1 monthly winner for still and 1 for moving image. The monthly winners will automatically become official Red Bull Illume Finalists. In total there will be 5 still and 5 moving image finalists - out of these, the public will decide who is crowned as the Best of Instagram by Lenovo Category Winners. This category is especially for content that’s so cool you have to stop scrolling and check it out.
The Category Winners and Overall Winner will receive their beautiful trophies and incredible prize packages from our partners worth more than € 100,000. Some of the prizes include the latest products from global computing leader Lenovo, to empower even more creative self-expression; storage solutions from SanDisk to ensure you never lose a shot; as well as high-quality cameras from Leica and stylish photography apparel and accessories from COOPH.
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