Sven Martin Shoots Crankworx 4

Who rail turns while loaded like a packmule? Who shoots the whole Trans-Provence race and STILL wins the Masters category? Who goes through lenses like underwear? The nomad Saffa of course, your favorite MTB photographer - Sven Martin!

This feature takes us behind the scenes with Sven Martin, one of the most recognized downhill shooters at the world's premiere mountain bike festival, Crankworx. This week-long biking event in Whistler BC, attracts the world's top riders from every event, including downhill, cross country and slopestyle, just to name a few. With over 25 thousand spectators, it's become the largest mountain bike festival ever.

The high speed action makes it extremely challenging to capture through photography and video. Those who are aren't prepped and ready will miss the shot. The combination of the event's high-paced action, and difficult to access locations only adds to the intensity. Needless to say, Sven has mastered this process, making it look easy. Press play to catch the chaos and see him in action, doing what he does best.

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Special thanks: SRAM for providing cold beers, food and shelter in between shoots, at their tent. Duncan Pilpott, Blake Jorgenson, and Scott Serfas for their time and words. Images provided by Sven Martin.

Video & Editing: Nomadik Motion
Motion Graphics: Chad Jones & Nomadik Motion
DVS - Rubberjunk 2012
Sobriquet- Love is a Sinh
Blue Sky Black Death - In the quiet absence of god
kye kye - Knowing This (Remix)

Location: Whistler, BC

Gear: f-stop Tilopa and Large Pro ICU, Sony FS700 w/Metabones adapter and speedbooster, Canon 7D (2), Canon L glass, Glidecam HD4000, Miller DS 5 Fluid head and DV5 solo legs, Zoom H4N, Shure lav mic, Hoya Filters.
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  • Yuroshek

    11/7/2013 6:53 PM


  • Scrub

    11/7/2013 10:05 AM

    And I just thought the images magically appeared here on Vital for my personal enjoyment. ha! Great work Sven!

  • sspomer

    11/7/2013 7:36 AM

    silverback for president!

  • Smutok

    11/7/2013 7:26 AM

    Awesome! Much respect Sven!

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