Jonathan Tiernan Locke photographed for the new issue of Cycle Sport Magazine. I think this was the third time I’ve photographed Jonathan in as many years; consistantly a pleasure to work with, easy going, open and photogenic we always come away with some great pictures. Jonathan is still based in Devon despite spending very little time at home due to a demanding European race schedule so we shot the photographs over two days on location in Plymouth and Dartmoor; opting for a studio shoot for a safe bet amidst what turned out to be the wettest April in the UK since records began in 1910, then managed to find ten minutes of sun on Dartmoor as we stood around watching the sky waiting for the clouds to part just enough for a few rays to poke though. Finally I met up with Cycle Sport writer Ellis Bacon at a cafe in Plymouth’s Royal William Yard for the interview where we also took the opportunity to shoot some more portraits in between showers.
It was great to hear from Cycle Sport Editor Ed Pickering that the photos from this shoot were so well received that they decided to give the feature more space so they could use more of my images so to see the feature in full pick up a copy from any good newsagents to see the full spread and read the interview. As ever there were plenty of photographs that I love which didn’t make it into print however so here’s some of my favourite out-takes:
This was my first magazine shoot using the new Nikon D800 camera body; the level of detail in the 36 megapixel full frame sensor coupled with the very best Nikon lenses resolves an amazing amount of detail; I was a little leery of Nikon squeezing so many pixels onto a 35mm sensor but the detail, dynamic range and even the noise are all incredibly impressive, and all in a much smaller, lighter camera body (by pro camera standards at least). Below is a 100% crop of the above image taken from the original file to illustrate the level of detail captured: