It is hard to get out of bed sometimes, but I don’t usually find it hard when I am getting up to shoot sunrise. I can’t wait to look out the window and see what the day is going to bring. My bleary eyes are met with a sea of clouds with the Southern Alps poking their mighty peaks above the blanket. Exited I wake Mickey Ross and tell him to get his bike gear on. Not sure if I am joking or not he reluctantly peels himself out of his sleeping bag. I suppose it is brutally early for mountain biking. I promise its not going to be too taxing.
We are on the cusp of the cloud, and as the sun comes up the clouds rise with it. This produces the most incredible light, I boss Mickey around making him bike back and forth along the track in the brief moments we have this beauty.
It is not too long before we are engulfed in clouds again. It is time for a banana and some coffee before packing up and driving the scary road back to the farm. Cursing myself that I didn’t bring my bike to downhill back to base, I reluctantly sit in the back of the truck, the light seems stuffed so I could be biking! I soon begin to realise this is a god send as I spent the entire drive hanging out of the sunroof photographing the boys shredding down the mountainside on their bikes, with the ever changing moody pockets of incredible light. This is an epic way to shoot biking…
Not before long I am sat back at my Macbook Pro in Wanaka downloading the goods from our lucky 12 hrs. It all goes to show that you gotta be in it to win it. You just never know when things will turn your way, so remember to explore every avenue until one brings you out on top, because it will.