All posts tagged: velodrome

Was it Worth it?

That is a very good question.  When I see photos like the one above, I think, yes it was.  Though it was so tiring and exhausting, that I just don’t know.  I don’t like the way some of the other photographers treat me.  I don’t really like the way Cycling Australia treat me either.  I don’t really know what I have done wrong.  I hate feeling like everyone hates me.  I know it isn’t true, but there is a certain amount of bitchiness that seems to come with cycling around the photographers.  Perhaps that is everywhere.  It does get boring having to prove myself constantly. On the up side, it was great to see how an international event is conducted.  So different to the events I’m used to.  They are so serious and everyone runs around with serious faces.  There is no room for mistakes.  I made one, and almost lost my accreditation, though it was one that I didn’t know about.  Apparently you should know everything before you go, I don’t know how you …

In Pursuit

World Records, Crowds and Photographers

I am not going to pretend, I’m exhausted.  Taking photos for hours on end and then coming home and having to work on photos to send, well, it has worn me out already.  It doesn’t help that I wake up really early and then can’t get back to sleep.  I am going to show more photos today and write less, hope that is OK. Anna Meares, one of Australia’s most talent riders.  She is a sprinter and in this image she is about to do her entry for the Flying 200, which she did brilliantly by breaking the world record.  The crowd went wild, naturally, always great when the local girl does well. Aussie Women’s Team Pursuit.  They also broke the world record, unfortunately the British then broke it again.  Oh well, that is how racing goes.  The track is said to be very fast.  Got to love it when world records are broken.  The girls went on to win the Silver Medal in the final. As promised, a photo of the stadium/arena, not sure …

Sunset at Shepparton

Nice Skies

I’m back from the Christmas Carnivals, feeling very tired and not looking forward to going to Geelong for the bay crits, but that could just be because I’m tired. Last night in Shepparton the sky was looking amazing at sunset.  I tried to see if I could get some images to do a HDR image. I don’t think it works, but it is all I have for today.  It was worth a shot.  The sky does have the weird colour, and I like the colours on the velodrome.  Not really sure about the rest.  Perhaps wasn’t worth doing.

Christmas Carnivals 2010

The Christmas Carnivals are over for another year.  This year only 3 days with Maryborough deciding not to hold them.  I wish I could say I was disappointed, but I was glad it was only 3 days.  It was a lot of traveling, going from Melbourne to Horsham, then to Bendigo and Shepparton and driving home very late on the last night.  I made the decision early on that I would only do a few hours in Horsham.  It started at two and my intention was to leave by five.  Well, it took me longer to get there than I thought, so I didn’t get there until half past two, and when I wanted to leave the wheelraces were happening so I had to stay for those, and then there were the presentations, so needed to get those, especially when Jason Niblett was presenting them.  I think I got away closer to six. The racing was good and the temperature was great.  Unfortunately with Victoria experiencing a locust plague, the grasshoppers weren’t so good.  They …

Trying to Photograph a Velodrome

Definitely not easy.  This one was taken in between the Juniors and the Seniors.  They had kicked everyone out so they could clean the place and to make sure that everyone who was coming in had tickets to the evening events.  I haven’t captured the whole place, but I do like the emptiness of it.  You can tell it is a velodrome. There is no point trying to photograph the velodrome without a a wide angle lens.  It is vast and if you don’t have the wide angle it is too hard to get the curve of the bend, or the angle of the bends, indeed, even the straights. My friend Kate lent me her wide angle to use for the Track World Cup and very generously allowed me to keep it to I could use it for the Madison last Friday night.  I have tried to photograph it with my wide angle, but it’s widest angle is 18mm, not wide enough, as you can see.  So thank you Kate, it was fantastic that allowed …