Cycling, Photography

The Bay Crits on New Years Day

It has been a long day, I am hurting all over.  It has been a while since I lugged two cameras around with big lenses and flash units attached.  I have to say, though, I had a lot of fun.  I am quite surprised really.  I went there thinking that no one would remember me and it would be boring.  It was anything but.  It turned out to be so lovely to catch up with people.  It is late, or getting late, and I have quickly edited some images for you.

Taking the CornerHere are two of the Elite Women going around a bend.  The Geelong course is tricky and there are quite a few tight bends, actually all the bends are tight.  There were plenty of crashes on one corner.

The Other CornerThis was done at the other end.  The two women in front are part of the new Australian pro team, Green Edge.  It is nice to see them out racing.

Up the Back StraightThis is them coming out of the worst corner and heading up the Back Straight.  This group is the Elite Mens.

Front StraightYou can see the finish line there, though, this isn’t the finish.  I just wanted to be able to show you the crowds.  They weren’t huge, but for Australia, this is a good turnout.  It is always good to see lots come out to watch the racing.

Tomorrow we are off to Portarlington.  I don’t know what to expect from there.  I think I will get my post ready before I go, if you don’t mind. I will put up some photos from today, ones that need more editing.

Nice way to start the new year.  I am very behind with everything, so please forgive me if I haven’t replied to your comment/s yet, I will, but it may not happen until next week.


  1. la premiere est vrant superbe
    Mes meilleurs vœux pour cette nouvelle année 2013

  2. Nice work Leanne. It is about ten years since I had a chance to see racing down there. In a past time we used to get a fantastic xmas crit up here but alas it is gone! :) Gary m

    • They have these crits on every year, it is great cycling by some of Australia’s best, Maybe you will get a chance to see it one year. :)

  3. I have to admit that this isn’t my favourite subject, but the photography is superb. Thanks for sharing.

  4. 8211mich says

    Nice photo’s, looks like you had quite a nice spot to shoot from. Would you mind sharing what size lense you were using?


  5. As always, love your photos Leanne! You so beautifully captured the speed, color & determination of the athletes. Fantastic!

  6. I have never tried photographing a sporting event. I think this may be added to the list of to-dos for this year.

  7. The result is well worth the pain and inconvenience of lugging the cameras.

  8. These are really good Leanne. I can almost feel the action jumping out of my computer. Happy new year to you.

    • Thanks Colline, it was a lot of fun, and I am happy to see that I can still do it, I have done any for so long.

  9. These are really FINE, Leanne…as a matter of fact, EXTRA FINE! You’ve captured the excitement of it all, and though these are ‘stills’, you caught motion, as well! ‘GOOD’ hurting, I’d imagine, as the trek was well-worth today’s pain, yes?

    Going to Google ‘Portarlington’…something says it may be very interesting! Enjoy the day…and shoot well (as usual!)!!!

      • Certainly had enough those days, though! I once had to shoot video of ‘jet cars’ at the race track for a TNN-TV (The Nashville Network, here in the States)…oh, they were so fast! I had to stand on the track facing them while they ‘revved’ the jet engines, then the producer gently pulled me back as I panned (very fast!) along with the cars…I guess they were doing over 200 mph! Some day I’ll get that VHS copied to DVD!

  10. Some action and speed in those photos …. brilliant – once again … you’re so talent. Happy New Year to you … and everybody around you.

  11. amazing photos Leanne…such vivid colours! Either you had a great spot to take the photos or you have fabulous lenses…probably both? :~)

  12. mkriegh says

    These are great action photos. I think it is one of your strengths…

  13. Very excellent shots. I like the first one, with the blurred background. It’s like you’re riding with them.

    • That is one of the main things to get with cycling, I think, like motor car racing, you want that blurred background.

  14. Great photos Leanne. I always look forward to reading your daily posts. I have a favor though, could you include the camera and lens you used and whatever information you feel you want to give? It would help me understand the method behind the shot.

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  17. petit4chocolatier says

    Leanne, gorgeous pictures. Happy New Year :)

  18. saymber says

    Your photos really give me a sense of the atmosphere of the event – the close up detailed view and the overview. Great job Leanne!

  19. A late Happy New Year :)
    Great bike shots Leanne! I like how you composed the shots even though everything happens really fast when you shoot events like this.

  20. Great images Leanne! I especially like the first action picture. I always struggle with capturing movement but you nailed it. Well done.

  21. These are different from the normal landscapes, etc. I like them, and could no more take these than the man in the moon. He’s been pretty uppity recently. :)

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