Tom Vander Heyden



LOVE2RIDE – Trailer

Ondertussen zijn we weer een weekje verder, dus ook weer een nieuwe blogpost...

Wat doe je met overschot aan materiaal van filmpjes? Wel, ik heb onlangs nog eens een paar filmpjes bij elkaar gesprokkeld en mede mijn eerste try-out mee gemaakt in After Effects (trail versie). Alles is met een minimum van materiaal opgenomen. Een gorillapod, een Panasonic TZ30 en een GoPro Hero (de eerste Hero die gemaakt was).

Love2ride was het eerste wat in me opkwam toen ik het filmpje aan t maken was, dus daarmee ook de naam titel...

Help Portrait 2012 – Aalst

Help Portrait Belgium 2012

Bikemotion 2012: Kona

Ik word zeer dikwijls aangetrokken door de stijl en de uitstraling dat een merk heeft. Bij de stand van Kona was dit het geval, no-nonsense & alles-kan-niks-moet met zeer mooi afgewerkte fietsen aka "crossmachienkes". Meer en meer zie ik dat enduro & downhill een gedegen plaats krijgt bij de andere merken. Kona

Bikemotion 2011 vs. 2012

Dit weekend is het weer een hoogdag voor de "bike-geeks", namelijk 't BIKEMOTION in Utrecht!

Number One

Rider: Roger Gonzalez
Date: 17/06/2012, La Roche

Nissan Downhill Cup 2012 – La Roche – BTS shots

What do I love BTS shots like this! The contrast between the action and concentration of the rider and the dreaming photographer couldn’t be harder. He waiting for the perfect moment to shoot his perfect picture, the biker truly giving all the effort to ride the best he can.
What else could you dream for …

Hagelandse Chrono 2012

Nice temperatures, uplifting heartbeats, a 85km off-road route with short steep hills. Hagelandse chrono had it all.

I rode this mountainbike-marathon last weekend, but have to admit I noticed I hadn’t trained enough. After 45km I almost decided to quit and go home. I made a U-turn, but then realized they put DNF (did not finished) after my name in the ranking, which did not attract me. So I found new courage to pursue and finished the 85km. Even though I didn’t ride a good time due to the lack of training, I did feel victory just by finishing it.

Ardennes Trophy – Winamplanche

Passing through a river with a bike always gives some pleasant results. BUT you have to watch out for splashes & lots of water! Especially when you are using a wide-angle lens, which I do most of the time. Take care of your gear and protect your flashes (AND external batteries) with plastic bags or some other waterproof things. I have protected my external battery with some plastic bag but 1 hole in the bag result in some humidity into the bag & also the battery... NOT GOOD. I had lucky, nothing was damaged by the water. Little geartalk: How do you protect your gear? Also plastic bags? For the second time in a row, I used my new pocket wizards (TTflex 5, TT Mini) but I'm still not convinced to use them...

Ardennes Trophy – famous hedge

The pictures below are taken at Ardennes Trophy, one of the hardest mountainbike-marathon raids in Belgium, where you can choose routes of 50, 70 or 90 kilometers of pure (mountainbike-)fun. The event is well organized, it has a great atmosphere and there are quite a lot of nice places to shoot some great pictures. However the good spots are a bit hard to find if you don't know the area or routes, the website is a good starting point to prepare. For me it was the second time to shoot this beautiful event, mainly to upgrade my portfolio. Website: If you're interested to go there and shoot as well, here are some good spots to go to: • Hedge of Haut-Maret • windmill of Bonromme, which is the highest point in the Ardennes Trophy • passing through the river in Winamplanche • The pass-trough after 20km, on the site of the AT • The pass-trough of Chafour • Castle of Hodbomont, with the pleasant welcome of the local people • decent at the stairs in Marché • Old castle of Franchimont

Wrong communication…

So, the pictures are delivered to the people of Nomadesk-Narviflex, now you have to wait till they publish some of them. OK, I can show you allready 1 (or 2)... Location: De Schorre (Boom) Good place to take pictures because of the diversity of the scene. Wrong communication between the rider, Kris Hendrieckx, and me results in great faces! (Shocking for the rider as well for the photographer) I still love it! Behind the scene picture with my great assistent (Alicia's dad):

Behind the scene – Nomadesk Narviflex 2012

Small BTS picture from last saturday… Still love these bikers & bikesters! Results will be soon online… See more??? With 2 wonderfull assistants:


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