Photo Story: The 2019 Maribor World Cup DH Through an Analogue Camera

Aug 2, 2019
by Hristo Tanev  


It is always exciting to watch one of the UCI Downhill World Cup races. Especially one that you have watched movies about and you have seen how Sam Hill goes flat out. So when we saw that Maribor returns as a venue and being relatively close to Sofia, Bulgaria (where we live) me and my friend decided to attend the opening round.

Being usually the one taking photos all the time with my smartphone I've asked my best friend to give me her analogue camera for a weekend. Just to try capturing some photos during the race and hopefully have one good shot at the end.

Well, fortunately somehow I managed to capture few pleasant photos.

Enjoy the following shots with an analogue camera from our journey from Bulgaria to the 1st World Cup of 2019 - Maribor, Slovenia - and back (sadly).


World Cup 1 2019 - Maribor Slovenia - Analogue Camera
3, 2, 1...

World Cup 1 2019 - Maribor Slovenia - Analogue Camera
Flat turns but no flat pedals this time - Charlie Harrison onboard.

World Cup 1 2019 - Maribor Slovenia - Analogue Camera
Overview of Maribor. One of the best tracks in Europe.

World Cup 1 2019 - Maribor Slovenia - Analogue Camera
Mick Hannah flying past the lenses.

World Cup 1 2019 - Maribor Slovenia - Analogue Camera
World Cup 1 2019 - Maribor Slovenia - Analogue Camera

World Cup 1 2019 - Maribor Slovenia - Analogue Camera
And add some style like Brage Vestavik...
World Cup 1 2019 - Maribor Slovenia - Analogue Camera
...and Connor Fearon

World Cup 1 2019 - Maribor Slovenia - Analogue Camera
The new steed from Atherton Racing ridden by Charlie Hatton.

World Cup 1 2019 - Maribor Slovenia - Analogue Camera
Pizza Break!

World Cup 1 2019 - Maribor Slovenia - Analogue Camera
Wait & Chill for the riders.

World Cup 1 2019 - Maribor Slovenia - Analogue Camera
Entering the section before one of the loudest and most intense sections of the track - THE ROCK ALMIGHTY GARDEN!

World Cup 1 2019 - Maribor Slovenia - Analogue Camera
Meters before the famous rock garden and piles and piles of viewers.

World Cup 1 2019 - Maribor Slovenia - Analogue Camera
Bottom-outs were common on the track.

World Cup 1 2019 - Maribor Slovenia - Analogue Camera
Chit-chat before the finals.

World Cup 1 2019 - Maribor Slovenia - Analogue Camera
Few seconds before the final mark of the track and celebration time.

World Cup 1 2019 - Maribor Slovenia - Analogue Camera

World Cup 1 2019 - Maribor Slovenia - Analogue Camera
Filling-up the tank for the upcoming 1000km to Sofia, Bulgaria.

World Cup 1 2019 - Maribor Slovenia - Analogue Camera
Driving back home...

World Cup 1 2019 - Maribor Slovenia - Analogue Camera
Looking back... Already missing Maribor. See you soon!

World Cup 1 2019 - Maribor Slovenia - Analogue Camera

About the Camera
Stats: Camera: Yashica FX-3 Super • Age: unknown • Film: Kodak ColorPlus 200 36 exp.
About Me
Stats: Age: 27 • sponsors: me, family, friends... the usual suspects
Reason to shoot with an analogue camera: It is exciting to capture a moment and wait for it to be developed. Once you try it you cannot go back.


Regions in Article
Maribor


31 Comments

  • + 17
 90's Bike Mag vibe with modern day action. Cool. Gotta love the feeling of film.
  • + 1
 Thanks!
  • + 7
 Man, they have really slowed down with developing these days. Used to be able to get film done in 24hrs
  • + 2
 They used to have 1hr photo places.
  • + 1
 I can still get my film done in central chch within the hour
  • + 1
 @browner: Cashel mall/High street?
  • + 1
 @streetkvnt-kvlt: Catch photo warehouse the right day and they will do it. But Photo Digital Lincoln Road nearly every time.
  • + 1
 If you have all the necessary items it only takes about 45min to do 2 rolls yourself
  • + 8
 film ain't dead
  • + 3
 You can still get a horse & carriage ride in Central Park, too.
  • + 1
 @boozed: horse and carriage aren't dead either?
  • + 4
 Great photos! So much harder to capture the action with a manual film camera. Keep up the good work
  • + 2
 Thank you!
  • + 1
 Really line this, but what I don't get is why the short DOF/ motion blur/ second curtain flash -style is so rare in current digital action photography? Sure it was overdone back in the days ( like around 96-02) but when done well it really adda to still photography.
  • + 5
 Hipsters inbound
  • - 6
flag Archimonde (Aug 2, 2019 at 23:58) (Below Threshold)
 And maybe not a popular opinion but I guess the photos are posted only because they are shot on film because on merit alone as a finished product they are mediocre (no offence to the author). No wonder that the digital photography took over almost overnight as it is just simply easier (and cheaper) to make better photos.
  • + 4
 @Archimonde: no probably not a popular opinion. Cos shitting on somebody else's good work and achievement for no reason is rarely popular. Pretty f*cking dickish actually.
  • - 1
 @alexhyland: chillax dude. I don't care if the bike is done using a bag of hammers or precision machining, I'm only looking at the at the end result. When a mediocre bike appears on pinkbike everyone is entitled to call that bike shitty even though it probably hurt feelings of a team of people not only a single one. Likewise, I can do the same for photos. I've never done a bike from scratch, but damn me if I didn't shoot plenty of photos to know otherwise.
  • + 2
 i see that M badge on your wheel
  • + 1
 Got to love a E36 3 series.. Bet the wheel was an upgrade though. I did the same to mine for 350 bucks. Fun and affordable ride.
  • + 0
 It’s a good guess when you read Bulgaria that the car they drove was a Mercedes or BMW. Eastern Europe became a dumping place for second hand German cars, and sadly enough people like that.
  • + 1
 it ain't an 'M' if it's got roof rails... I know 'cos mine's the same!
  • + 1
 yeah and driving on LPG haha
  • + 2
 Awesome. Yashica FX3 Super was my first SLR!
  • + 2
 That photo of Charlie Harrison really pops
  • + 1
 Analogue, so like a vidicon tube TV camera?
  • + 1
 very cool
  • + 1
 Thanks!
  • + 1
 Very stoked on this.

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