Le Tour de France on Les Champs Élysées...

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Well well well... Next time ... I'll watch it on T.V. real cool to be there but man oh man ... I waited almost three hours to see very little - but real nice since they go by 7 times.

A once in a lifetime experience - maybe twice... I like crowds. Needless to say - I never saw so many Nikon DSLR... Very few Canon consumer DSLR but thousands of Nikon with all kinds of lenses, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, one guy had a D3 and a Sigma on it... A few D300 with 28-70/2.8

Inspector Clouseau was there...

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Splendid Patrick! Thanks, I recorded the last stage and just finished it. Wow what a finale! I wondered about what being there must have been like. For days I watched the stages with the cheering crowds which made it very exciting. When you think about it though, it all is over with in less than a minute (or several more if the lead is enough ahead of the peloton) after the hours of preparation. And how about those crazy fans who climb to the top of the peaks? Days of preparation and it's over in the blink of an eye.
 
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Your first photo is PRICELESS! Finger at the ready too!

Thank you

Splendid Patrick! Thanks, I recorded the last stage and just finished it. Wow what a finale! I wondered about what being there must have been like. For days I watched the stages with the cheering crowds which made it very exciting. When you think about it though, it all is over with in less than a minute (or several more if the lead is enough ahead of the peloton) after the hours of preparation. And how about those crazy fans who climb to the top of the peaks? Days of preparation and it's over in the blink of an eye.

Thank you Rich... Being there is like being at the U.N. - there are some many people from so many different country, there were people from Luxembourg on the left of me as well from Finland - those flags blocked my lens each and every time... Augh! But what can you do... There were people from Japan and Germany on my right as well as a couple of Americans and a French family

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Great series. It's such an exciting sport. What's the story about the guy in #1? and the guys on the motorcycle sidecars?
 
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#1 and #3 of your first set are Fabulous, Dude! Excellent pics all around.

Thank you :smile:

Great series. It's such an exciting sport. What's the story about the guy in #1? and the guys on the motorcycle sidecars?

Thank you, the guy in number 1 and the Motorcycle sidecars were part of the parade an hour before the cyclist got to The Champs Élysées.
 
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Outstanding pics, that really must have been a blast to be there, esp on such a beautiful day.

What did you shoot? It looks like your D3?

Thank you Chris, it was fun and yes I used the D3 but then again I only use the D3 - I am very satisfied with the images I get with it :smile:
 
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Wow... those are great.. Tack Sharp!
No maillot jaune?

We got to see the tour in 2004. Lots of waiting... but I managed this shot with my p&s... You can barely see my son's head on the left.


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