I recently did a shoot with Fusion for the Motor Accident Commission (MAC). The brief was to produce a series of images of Olympic cycling champion Anna Meares for the 'Aware & Prepared - Be Safe Be Seen' Campaign. We shot a range of images along Rundle St & North Terrace in the intense heat of a classic dry hot Adelaide summer day. Anna was awesome - really patient and really lovely to work with.
So I heard she was on the news yesterday and looked it up. "Anna Meares and Matthew Glaetzer overcame heavy training schedules to win the sprint titles last night at the Australian track championships in Adelaide. Meares won track's blue riband event for the seventh time at the nationals, giving her an amazing 31 Australian titles." It seems many people have cycling fever around town at the moment, with the Tour Down Under taking centre stage, so it's great that there is a campaign promoting cycling safety.
These portraits were shot using my Elinchrom Quadras. The shallow depth of field was achieved with a polariser and neutral density fillter. The shot above was taken at f2.8 on my 70-200mm lens (on 200mm). I was standing in the doorway of a pub whilst shooting this image. My assistant was Mike Lim, who was a great help in helping me to juggle the filters and flash in the crazy heat.
I have a bicycle too. It's in the shed with flat tyres and resident spiders. I really do need to dust it off and sort it out to get it back on the road. I love cycling but with equipment to cart around most days it's not practical. But I love that there are so many cyclists on the roads, and hope that cycling safety improves on our roads, as that is a real barrier for many people.
It was lovely to meet Anna and to work on this MAC campaign.