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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 8:03 pm 
The Tour of California is a multi-stage bicycle race, the prologue was held in Palo Alto.

This was my first attempt at sports photography and it was challenging! I tried many different settings and techniques, the hardest part was to get sharp focus of a cyclist riding by.

Here's a few shots

1) I don't know which rider this is
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2) "Super" Mario Cipollini
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3) George Hincapie
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4) levi and a fan
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see the rest of the set here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/23919211@N ... 944523683/

many of the rest of the set are not sharp, framed poorly or just generally not good. I've included them in the set because the cycling fans I've sent the link to don't care about that stuff, they just wanna see the pics!

Equipment: Nikon D80 + 18-200VR + circular polarizer

Post proessing:
resize for upload to flikr. No other modifications

I'm not good at post processing, I could certainly use some tips in that area. I generally just take the JPG from the camera, I rarely crop, adjust exposure or anything else.

EDIT: I don't know why the images don't show up
EDITEDIT: photos fixed. Thanks Thomas!


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 8:52 pm 
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Synic: Take the URL that's shown in the last line of flickr, when you go to "all sizes" then "medium".
The line that start with "2. Grab the photo's URL:"!

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Hi synic, great shots - but don't be afraid to blur action photos, as this can often give a better impression of speed - see this workshop:

http://www.dslrtips.com/workshops/How_t ... hoto.shtml


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 10:54 pm 
Gordon Laing wrote:
Hi synic, great shots - but don't be afraid to blur action photos, as this can often give a better impression of speed - see this workshop:

http://www.dslrtips.com/workshops/How_t ... hoto.shtml


thanks for the tips gordon!

I wish I would have read that link before I went out there. I tried to get a little motion blur, but since I didn't know what I was doing, I only went to 1/125 and didn't see much blur so I gave up.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2008 3:16 pm 
Good pics ! (I did't know Cippo was back!). You had a good spot , which is about 50% of what taking photos is all about.

I think some of the shots would have benefited from portrait orientation (e.g. the Cippo one) and fill the frame with the cyclist / moto.

Other than that, they are good !

cheers


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 10:39 am 
when taking pics of bicycles, wouldn't be better to take the integrity of the wheels? i figure its the main part of the object (other than the rider himself of course). Plus if your panning then it could give a bigger impression of speed...

Quentin


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synic wrote:
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2) "Super" Mario Cipollini
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Wow! How's his sprinting form? I'd love to see him back in one of the major tours but I guess at this stage in his career that's an impossible dream.

Bob.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 12:11 pm 
I head he got a 3rd in a group sprint finish but still need to check the results...


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