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 Post subject: Cycle racing pics
PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2008 9:48 am 
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Hi All,

Here are a couple pics I took from a recent stage race around Cape Town called the 'Giro del Capo'. It has UCI status now and is attracting more names and pro teams each year. These pics were taken during the last stage - a hill climb time trial.

Wasn't entirely happy with the results, but it's all practice I suppose. I wanted to get more shots showing movement and action. I don't think I positioned myself as well as I should have to get the shots. I did manage to climb a bank to get an interesting perspective on a couple of them.

Roland

1. Image

2. Image

3. Image

4. Image

5. Image

6. Image

7. Image

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Really nice photos Roland, thanks for sharing! I like the 2nd and 3rd one but I really like how you've chosen to capture the cyclist as a small part of a bigger picture in the 5th one.

Edit: My mistake, I meant the 5th image, not the 4th one.

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Nice shots Roland...


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ohh really nice! all of them ... the last one i like a little less but the others impressed me.
I totally agree with grahamnp that the small cyclist in the bigger picture is creative and eye-catching.

Some personal opinions (totally subjective though)
- #1 is super but the subject seems a bit overexposed
- #2 maybe crop out the far left two people so it doesn't distract with the main focus.
- #3 looks perfect to me :)
- #4 umm ... i think it's good .. but 3 is better
- #5 my favorite! ... perfect too!
- #6 the b&w adds nice contrasts and i like the serpentine road a lot too with your composition. It flows nicely.
- #7 a bit crowded (wow big leg muscles :lol:)

Cheers ! :)

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nu,ber 5 looks quite profesional

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I would definitely choose no. 5 as the best of the lot. It has a completely different style from the others.

Good stuff!


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thanks all for your comments and suggestions!

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Same here, 5 is really nice

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 Post subject: Re: Cycle racing pics
PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 8:43 am 
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[quote="roland"]Hi All,

Here are a couple pics I took from a recent stage race around Cape Town called the 'Giro del Capo'. It has UCI status now and is attracting more names and pro teams each year. These pics were taken during the last stage - a hill climb time trial.

Wasn't entirely happy with the results, but it's all practice I suppose. I wanted to get more shots showing movement and action. I don't think I positioned myself as well as I should have to get the shots. I did manage to climb a bank to get an interesting perspective on a couple of them.

Roland

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the 5th picture looks really great... good job!

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I really like all the photos - wicked job! - but it might have been nice to get a couple of images showing the speed of the cyclists, a little like in Gordon's tutorial (http://www.dslrtips.com/workshops/How_t ... hoto.shtml)

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 9:20 am 
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thanks all for your comments.

hi Welly, yes I should have done better with the panned shots. I didn't do as well as I would have liked on the day, but put it down to experience.

Here are a few more I shot:


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Exposure: 1/80
Aperture: f/20
Focal Length: 70 mm

Image
Exposure: 1/100
Aperture: f/14
Focal Length: 50 mm

Image
Exposure: 1/100
Aperture: f/13
Focal Length: 50 mm

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I think that first panned shot looks great to me!

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