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Old House Geelong Road

Often when I go away to photograph cycling events, I see things that I think will be good images, but, I either don’t have the time to stop and take photos, or it is the wrong time of the day.  Cycling outside always seems to happen in the middle of the day, the worse time for photography.  Imagine really early morning races, the amazing shots you could get, or late in the day.

This is from Portarlington, and this shot was taken during the Jayco Bay Cycling Classic, a 4 day event with criteriums each day, and in different places.  This year stage 2 was in Portarlington.  I believe next year stage 3 is.

This image could be interesting, but the city is too far away and a better sky might have made for a more interesting shot.  One of the things I have always liked about Melbourne is how the only real high rises we have are in the city, so you can always tell where the city is.  We are across the bay here, no idea how many kilometres away it is, though according to the scale on google maps it is about 40kms.

I was positioned beside this house when I was photographing the Time Trial for the Honda Hybrid Women’s Tour.  I was there around lunch time again, and the light was all wrong.  It would have been better to have got some shots very early in the morning.  When the sun was on it.  Of course I didn’t know that at the time, well didn’t know that the house was even there.

I tried doing a HDR image using just one image.  I did what Lightbox3d suggested in the comments section a couple of days ago.  I exposed the image so one would be under exposed, one over and one as is.  Not sure about the effect.  I need to find some time to sit down and really play with HDR.  I have seen some amazing images done with it, have I said that before?

I hate missing these chances to take photos, or being there at the wrong time.  I need to start taking notes of where these places are and going back at times when it would be good to photograph them.  So right now I am debating whether to stay overnight between stage 2 and stage 3 so I can go out early in the morning to get the shots I want to get.  Or do I just leave very early in the morning, that will make it a very long day.  Perhaps that is just what I have to do.

6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Love the first two girl…beautiful. The HDR one is a cool effect, but almost makes it look unreal….they are sharp, but I like the natural look better I think.

    December 10, 2011
    • I know HDR can work, perhaps over christmas I can spend some more time perfecting it. Time is short now, so many cycling events over the month.

      December 10, 2011
  2. I quite like the B&W of the house…
    The new camera has settings for HDR. I haven’t begun to explore them yet. Maybe soon…

    December 10, 2011
    • It does look pretty cool. You will have to experiment with the camera, see what amazing things you can do.

      December 11, 2011
  3. I like it a lot! Glad it worked. The image also lends itself to B&W as well, both look great!

    February 2, 2012

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