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Pro bicycle racing

Discussion in 'Sports Photography' started by eng45ine, Aug 27, 2008.

  1. eng45ine


    May 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    The Village of Downers Grove (IL) is host to the annual National Criterium Cycle Championship races. I shot this last year with Mason in the pouring rain, this year it was sunny, hot and humid. I shot this series with a D300, 300mm f/2.8 and 1.4x TC handheld.

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  2. Wow! Superb results.
  3. Now we know who our expert cycling shooter is, awesome work, No. 3 and 5 my favs
  4. Beautiful Frank! The colors are just popping off my screen. :smile:

    Is the -2/3 stop based on histogram/blinkies?
  5. shtarka1


    Feb 1, 2008
  6. eng45ine


    May 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Yes! Both, I adjusted downward -1/3rd, but I was still blowing highlights. An additional -1/3 did the trick.
  7. Jeff Mims

    Jeff Mims

    May 25, 2005
    Simply Superb! My favorites are #1 and #6! I love the pop in the colors. I like the detail of the rider's bicep in #6.
    Really good Frank!
  8. nipprdog


    Jun 8, 2006
    Frank, those are simply incredible.

    #5 is one of the best 'no face' sports shots I've seen.
  9. jamesd3rd


    May 4, 2007
    So. Cal
    #3 is way cool. Foloowed by #5. I think I like those the most because they are bit unconventional. People expect to see individual shots of riders or a group rounding a turn.

    To me #3 depicts the vastness of the race. All those helmets and jerseys packed together make a good effect. Kind of like runners waiting for the gun to go off at a marathon. #5 is a good isolation shot but at the same time the rider does not feel alone enough to not look to see where the rest of the pack is.
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  10. awesome series, frank
    the WOW factor is in evidence

    i love #5 the most
    very, very well done
  11. McQ

    McQ Just your average, everyday moderator. Moderator

    Nice Frank. You nailed 'em! #3 and #5 are my favorites. Unique.

    May I suggest something fun? Crop #3 so that the very top is not shown, and the entire photo is just a sea of helmets and backs. No background with the spectator and trees to break it up. Just another way to look at a great photo!
  12. eng45ine


    May 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    How's this?

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  13. More killer stuff from the D300. Way to go Frank, these are great !

  14. niknd501


    May 13, 2006
    These are really good Frank. I love the last crop you posted.

    Well done.
  15. biggstr6


    Apr 26, 2005
    Nice job Frank. I miss shooting cycling . We haven't had the captech classic here for a couple years now.
  16. Oldtime


    Jul 5, 2006
    Durham, NC
    Well done Frank
    retirement suits you keep getting out there
  17. Great series Frank.

    Those are some excellent captures, and I love the intensity and emotions shown on the faces of the riders.
  18. Wonderful series, for some reason I keep going back to look at #5. I keep coming up with different thoughts for it:

    "What, that wasn't the starting gun?"
    "Come on guys, I'm waiting."
    "I guess adding glue to the oil did work."​
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  19. WOW excellent love the differnet perspectives you got here top notch work
  20. WOW, these are outstanding Frank. You are quite the sports shooter!
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