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Photo Story: Peter Kaiser's Film Photography from the Crankworx Innsbruck Slopestyle

Jun 23, 2021 at 4:15
by Peter Kaiser  



After having a great time during Whip Offs and finishing off my Crankworx riding week with a hectic Speed n Style Final on Friday evening it was about time to swap to the other side of the lens and document Saturday's insane Slopestyle show. I grabbed all film rolls left in the fridge and headed up to the venue to experience what it must have been like being an event photographer in a world before digital cameras.

All shot during the last practice hour/finals with a Canon-AE1 and a Hasselblad 500C/M on Fuji Provia 100, Kodak Porta 400, Illford SFX 200 and Kodak Gold 200. Developed together with my good friend Lukas Hauser here in Innsbruck and directly scanned afterwards.

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All ready, waiting to be put on course

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Garret Mechem, first Crankworx Slopestyle appearance, first rider to drop

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Thomas Genon on some tunes right before putting his style on course.


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Switch 3 to start things off / Truck to Whip further down the course.


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David Lieb, good to see this guy finally in where he belongs to - Crankworx Slopestyle.


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Switch 3 into the Whaletail which unfortunately cost him run 2.

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Max Fredriksson with a double tailwhip into the Whaletail.

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Alex Alanko dropping into his first run.


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Lucas Huppert and Paul Couderc - both solid all week - solid 6th and 7th in the end.

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Paul Couderc spinning.

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Jakub Vencl unfortunately missed a few tricks but showed me this perfect 360 unturndown during one of his runs.

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Torquato Testa had an explosive first run going, good enough for bronze in the end.

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Toto with a cashroll for the crowd in his second run.

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Tomas Lemoine, bringing the style from his win in Speed n Style the day prior.

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Erik Fedko, the man with the most variety and style on course.


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Flipwhips on the Stepdown, straight into 4th.

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Nicholi Rogatkin, finally back overseas and back in Crankworx.

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Twisty Twister - cut and stiched the analog way.

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Emil Johansson, last rider to drop for their first runs.


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Slipping pedals on a 360 windshieldwiper ended his run early.

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After crashing out run 1, Nicholi delivered in run 2 and with the classy Nicholi ceremony one can sure tell he was stoked and happy with his second place score. LETS GO.


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Emil back up and dropping into his incredible winning run.

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Fellow riders and friends up at the start watching Emil put on his crazy show.


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Emil was quite slow on his champagne.


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Winners. I mean everyone who put on a show is a winner in my eyes.


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cheers for reading and watching, hope you enjoyed it. - Peter Kaiser

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24 Comments
  • 27 0
 YES!! #FilmIsNotDead
  • 5 0
 Knew you'd be in here somewhere hyped on film shots.
  • 2 0
 I always have a film body of some sort with me at every race. I pitched something like this to another bike publication and got nowhere with it... Still shoot a few rolls at every event though.
  • 14 0
 I might be putting myself out of a job, but this might have been the best photo epic on PB.
  • 1 0
 thanks mate!! hope to see you again soon.
  • 13 0
 This is so refreshing - more of this please!!
  • 10 0
 Wow, it's the convergence of mountain biking and art! Awesome photos, they really capture slopestyle in a way that brings along the emotion behind each run.
  • 6 1
 Love this!

For the non-photographers, these aren’t just “film cameras” they are manual focus cameras, the complete opposite to what I would choose for shooting action sports.
  • 4 2
 You wouldn’t want to use autofocus for these types of shots, especially since you know where the action will be. Autofocus in sports is much more useful for footbal, ice hockey etc where subjects are moving in an unpredictable manner
  • 1 0
 @waldo-jpg: Eh, AF is nice but not essential. I shoot a lot of manual focus. Things with a "line", like racing and biking, are relatively predictable. Stop down to f/8, pull up the shutter speed, and pre focus on that spot. When the subject gets there, hit the shutter. It is not as easy but it works.
  • 1 0
 @jmhills: thats what i said, you also don't need to stop down that far. I've been shooting medium format film on dirtjumps and trails and if you know where you will take the shot you can just prefocus on the spot. Been doing this for years, on 35mm with lenses as fast as f1.4, really not that big of an issue
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 @waldo-jpg: Oh, I misread. I thought you wrote that you WOULD want AF. My fault. I will say though that the AF on my F5 absolutely rips.
  • 5 0
 The tones with that Fuji Provia are amazing! This is easily the best photo epic I've seen! Can we get a full on camera check as well? I want to see the Hasse...
  • 3 0
 I love this, good job Peter
  • 1 0
 Great work! And not just film photos -- good photos. Seems like you were able to fit in a variety of lenses, too. Great great.
  • 1 0
 thanks man! Yes, lots of Canon FD lenses.
  • 3 0
 Yes! More film please!
  • 1 0
 Ahh those Kodak Gold TONEZ
  • 1 0
 So sick! Love seeing bikes on film
  • 1 0
 Really impressive work Peter. Well done!
  • 1 0
 David Lieb crashing was the greatest tragedy of crankworx
  • 1 0
 This is great!
  • 1 0
 Well done!







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