All posts filed under: Cycling

Cornering Can Be Dangerous

Last week when I was showing you some of the photos that I took at the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic and I said that I had more.  I realised that the photos that many of you seemed to enjoy the most were the ones of them cornering.  They are probably amongst the hardest to get, and require good panning and a lot of nerve, especially to get really close ones.  Guess what I have for you today? With this image I was behind a barrier.  It is still scary.  I had the camera almost on the ground through the barrier, and was moving it with the riders.  So I wasn’t looking though the viewfinder.  Ones like these are nearly always done blind, so to speak.  I have been doing them for some time, so I am getting a lot better at getting them in focus. This image was done in the same place using the same technique.  I had to use my 18-105mm lens for this, as wide as I could get. This one was …

Photographing a Cycling Event – My Way

Most of you know that for the last three days I have been photographing the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic.  It has been fun, but also very tiring, especially yesterday when it was so hot.  Thankfully it wasn’t today, with the temperature expected to reach 41C (105.8F).  The photos I am going to use were mostly taken yesterday at Williamstown. One of the type of shots that you want to get is the cyclists coming or going around corners.  I have shown you lots of them over the past few days.  They can be hard to get and you have to have nerve to get them.  Sitting on a corner while cyclists go past can be scary.  They get close.  Most accidents happen on corners, so you may be putting your life in danger as well, so you need to be very careful.  You also need to be careful that you don’t go out too far and cause an accident, it could be an expense experience for you.  I have public liability insurance in case something like …

Criterium Continues in Portarlington

The Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic continued on to Portarlington yesterday.  Another wonderful day as far as the weather went.  Blue skies with lots of fluffy clouds.  Perfect for taking photos.  I have some more for you today, I hope you aren’t getting too bored with them. I look at the images and think I could do this or that to them, but right now there is no time, I am having a hard time just getting the posts done each day, no time for fancy editing. The image above was taken from ground level, well almost, and she was coming into the corner.  I love shots like these, and I am getting the impression you do as well. For me, this is a fantastic shot, there are lots of cyclists around, but you really only see one.  It is also a very hard shot to get.  You have to be good at panning, but more on that tomorrow. While there yesterday, I decided to play with my Holga lens and the fish-eye attachment that I …

Bay Crits in Geelong

Most years when I go to this event, this is my fourth time, I try and photograph the racing.  You have to do that, it is a race, but that is all I do.  I just walk around and around the circuit taking photos of people racing their bikes.  I suspect this year won’t be any different, except my audience of who is looking at them.  I am taking photos of it this year for you and this blog.  Normally, I am taking photos for the riders. After yesterdays post I had a few asking me what a crit was?  A crit is short for criterium and is a race that is done on a short circuit, where the riders do laps.  Usually on streets.  They can range in distance from one to around three kilometres.  I have seen some that are five kilometres or longer, but they are usually considered something else.  A crit will start and finish in the same place.  In the above image, the women are preparing to start and are …

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. Here 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. This 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. This is them coming out of the worst corner and heading up the Back Straight.  This …

Track Worlds – ReWorked

It is Friday again, do I start every Friday post with that statement?  I have done 3 images for today.  I wanted to redo three images that I did for the Track Worlds back in April.  I had done some images from it back then, and I was so happy with them at the time,  but as time has moved on my processing has improved, or as my knowledge of it has, then I have been less satisfied with these images. This is the image as I originally posted it.  It has qualities that I really like, but the colours are saturated quite a bit and I really don’t like the halo that you can sort of see around the riders. Both of these images, actually all the images for today, were processed as single HDR images.  I am processing those images in Photomatix Pro and, I think, much better now.  This image is less saturated and lighter.  I think then processing it with camera raw in Photoshop is also a great idea.  It made it better, …

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Time-Trial

Today’s post is about cycling.  On the weekend I was very fortunate to be able to borrow a couple of lenses, one was a 150-500mm lens.  I wanted to borrow it for the time trial.  In the world of cycling one of the favourite events of most photographers is the time trial.  They are challenging, but you can also get some of the most amazing results.  I love them, though, I wouldn’t say that particular event is my favourite. When I was going through my photos on Saturday night, I was looking at the photos that I got, and I was thinking, these are amazing, and probably the best TT photos I’ve ever taken.  Of course, the sad thing is that the parents of these kids will look at them and say they want to get some, but never will.  Oh well, that is life and I need to move on from it.  I really wanted to show you some of those photos today. Shots like this can be almost impossible, but I found the …