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Day 22 – Some BMX Racing Photos

So, if you have been reading my blog, then you know that I have been to Shepparton for the State Open Titles for BMX.  It was a great day.  The skies were very overcast in the morning and slowly during the morning they cleared and we got some very blue skies.  Perfect weather for taking photos.

You can see what the sky was like from this one.  This photo is of the AA boys, they were crazy, and so much fun to photograph.  They were the only ones that did the really big jumps.  Would have been great to have got a lot more of them.  These sort of shots remind me of the movie “ET”.

I tried to get more shots this time than I did at Knox with more riders in the air.  This is half the race going over the jumps here.

This the second last straight before the finish, they just seem to bounce up and down all the way along.  Quite amazing to watch.

And more boys getting air, I have a lot of these shots.  The camera was set on continuous clicking and I continuously clicked.  Of course you can see that the light wasn’t good.  I was using a flash, but when you are shooting things straight up into the sun, then you have no hope.  I spent most of the time trying to work out where the sun was and how to use it to my advantage.  Wasn’t always possible as the racing is going on all around you.

I noticed when I was going through my photos this time that I got a lot more facial expressions on the riders.  They are great to see.  You can see the determination, especially on the little kids.  Quite amazing that they show no fear.

It was a great experience and I am hoping that Cycling Victoria send me to more.  Don’t know about making money from it, but will see what happens.  I think the photos I took were great, but will other people think the same?

I was suprised by the other photographers, there weren’t as many as I thought there would be and they didn’t seem to have the expensive equipment that most sports photographers have.  I was the only photographer walking around with two cameras.  Yes, I have two, I have my 80 to 200mm on one camera and my 18 to 105mm on the other.

Most of the photographers were great, and were very nice.  There was one women who was an absolute cow.  She wouldn’t say hello, and was just rude.  I hate it when you see people like that, how hard is it to smile, really, it is so easy.  I don’t know what her problem was.  I told them all I was there to for Cycling Victoria and it was my job to help build up a stock library of BMX racing for them to use.

It was a great experience, I know I’ve said that before.  So different to anything I’ve photographed before and I really want to do it again.  I love the shots I am getting now, but I wonder if I can get even better shots with lots more practice.

Practice makes perfect.

  1. Liz #

    That looks a lot of fun – both the races and the act of photographing them. I particularly like the 3rd shot with them cycling towards camera – and the last one where you can seeing their faces – it looks like the competitors are really enjoying the race.

    November 22, 2011
    • I like most of the shots I get, the only ones that seem boring are the finishes. They just sit down on the bike and roll over. They don’t cheer nothing. So I didn’t do too many finishes.

      November 23, 2011

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