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We interrupt the Saturday sequence of pub signs to bring you this little crop of knees recorded yesterday during Stage Six of the Tour of Britain Cycle Race, just before the top of the King of the Mountains stage at High Barns Farm near Corbridge.

Actually it's a bit nearer to Ovingham than Corbridge, but no matter; you can just about see Woolybill Towers near the top of the hill, south of the Tyne, in the far distance of #2, or would have done if I had panned up a bit. Just this once an essential detail is missing.

Quite a crowd from the EPZ Tynedale chapter had turned up to watch; at least one (MickyMc) posted a shot yesterday. Mrswoolybill has done a reportage of her own which appears here. I had hoped to try some experimental shots after getting a couple of 'bankers', such as panning with the fisheye for a laugh; however I only had time for a ranging shot of the breakaway before chancing my arm with manual pre-focus on the peloton.

Summary of Activity:
Time spent standing waiting, chatting to cyclists and photographers and sizing up each other's equipment: One Hour.
Time spent watching the police advance guard, police outriders, press cars, police outriders, team cars, police outriders, support cars and police sweeper-uppers: 15 minutes.
Time spent watching the breakaway pass: 2 seconds.
Time spent watching the peloton pass: 5 seconds.

Please Note: Serious cyclists might prefer the full frame V2 Smile

220mm, 1/500th sec. @ f8, ISO 800

Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikkor 70-300 VR Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Cycling Pins
Username:woolybill1 woolybill1
Uploaded:12 Sep 2008 - 11:58 PM
Tags:And, Back, Be, Bike race, Come, Cycle race, Humour / fun, Might, Next, Northumberland, Photo journalism, Ready, Sports / action, Stage six, Tour of britain 2008, Year
Votes:64
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Comments

photophantom
13 Sep 2008 - 12:19 AM

A very well balanced shots Bill. Bravo
Dennis

imagio
imagio  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2008 - 12:26 AM

Great intensity even on the pins Bill

Bernie

whiteswan01
13 Sep 2008 - 12:37 AM

great shot well tanned legs
Dawn

taggart
taggart Plus Member 1046 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2008 - 1:06 AM

Just look at all these legs!

WOW!




Jennnn

dawnmichelle
13 Sep 2008 - 2:10 AM

Did they shave... legs look to smooth loll... wonderful shots

mikbee
mikbee Plus Member 8mikbee vcard Scotland8 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2008 - 2:14 AM

Anything but a serious cyclist Bill,but I prefer No2.
Probably would have prefered No1 had they been female pins !!!!
Good colour and detail, and I do like the ''nose wiper''.
Nice ones.
Mick.

glyndwr
glyndwr  766 forum posts Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2008 - 5:56 AM

V1 is brilliant Bill. I imagine these chaps passing through so quickly,and I am only 5'5", this is probably all I would see.

Robert

Sahyadri
Sahyadri  761 forum posts India2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2008 - 6:37 AM

tough choice between the two Bill... but i think i lean more towards V1.

tigertimb
tigertimb  740 forum posts United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2008 - 8:04 AM

I'm with both Dawn and Mick; good depth of detail and focus in both but I prefer #2.
Don't think he's wiping his nose though; with those intense stares I think this is a 4 man hit team and he's whispering into his radio to his team: "cameraman at 1 o'clock - take him out" Smile
Tim

BERTRAM
BERTRAM  7 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2008 - 8:21 AM

V1 is a brilliant shot.
Dave

Badgerfred
Badgerfred Plus Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
13 Sep 2008 - 8:23 AM

Think both are excellent Bill, slight preference for V2,
Fred.

danbrann
danbrann  10517 forum posts15 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2008 - 8:32 AM

Two nice ones Bill.At least we all got something out of it and it was certainly worth the visit....I think.

nickyv32
nickyv32 Plus Member 7135 forum postsnickyv32 vcard England
13 Sep 2008 - 8:33 AM

2 super shots, No 1 for me I think they have to shave their legs, makes them more aero dynamic, super set of brown legs.

Nicky

Strobe
Strobe  71254 forum posts United States
13 Sep 2008 - 8:40 AM

Excellent, I like the crop in V1

DolphinLady
13 Sep 2008 - 8:49 AM

Definately V1 for me.
Fantastic capture of those lovely tanned legs.
The detail in the bikes is very good as well.......
Hilary

bayleaf
bayleaf  7 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2008 - 8:52 AM

Well captured.

John.

tony64
tony64  11204 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2008 - 9:23 AM

Now I understand how those cyclists manage to keep going for so long... they keep their lunch in their shorts!
Sorry Bill. Good shots, I think the close up gives a sense of power.
Tony

User_Removed
13 Sep 2008 - 9:38 AM

excellent Bill, the crop on #1 really works extremely well

rgds
Dave

MickyMc
MickyMc  7 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2008 - 9:41 AM

Bill these are excellent fancy catching him wipe his nose!!
Its No 1 I really like....no No2.....cant decide.
Mavis

MickyMc
MickyMc  7 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2008 - 9:42 AM

It stood out for me this week.
Mavis

helenlinda
helenlinda Plus Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2008 - 9:53 AM

So 7 minutes of action!!
Well you certainly got a good one in v1 Bill
Well desrving of Mavis' award too.
Helen

lifesnapper
lifesnapper Plus Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2008 - 9:53 AM

You did well to fix your camera to the back of your saddle Bill. Hope you had a great race,

John Smile

lonely_oryx
13 Sep 2008 - 9:55 AM

Two great shots. I particularly like the framing in #1

Cormy
Cormy  7 England
13 Sep 2008 - 10:03 AM

Two absolute stunners here Bill.Well done indeed.
Cheers
Alan

Sylviwhalley
Sylviwhalley Plus Member 8101 forum postsSylviwhalley vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2008 - 10:05 AM

Great captures.
Sylvia

BillS
BillS  927 forum posts United Kingdom
13 Sep 2008 - 10:18 AM

Excellent shot ! Both pictures are great !

samsalt
samsalt  6 England1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2008 - 10:22 AM

I'm not sure about #1, probably because the eye is led straight to an area more suitable for female members to oggle. I like the eye contact of the central cyclist in #2.

Sam

Mikelane
Mikelane  7 Wales
13 Sep 2008 - 11:03 AM

Excellent work bill in both images ,some good tans too,well captured bill regards
Mike

pascalg
pascalg Plus Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
13 Sep 2008 - 2:31 PM

interesting crop... & write up Smile

Mavis
Mavis Plus Member 13143 forum postsMavis vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2008 - 2:37 PM

Wonderful strong young legs Mmmm Smile A great capture Bill . You've made my day Smile xx

helenlinda
helenlinda Plus Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2008 - 3:21 PM

Whata mistaka to maka- 7 seconds not minutes!!
Its Saturday and I'm not concentrating so well.
Helen

davidhu
davidhu  9 United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2008 - 4:53 PM

Fine shots both Bill, but V1 just shades it for me. it takes on an almost abstract look. I might have called it "hands, knees and bumpsadaisy" though !!
Dave

viscostatic
13 Sep 2008 - 5:01 PM

Very clever and effective composition in V1.

Phil.

Last Modified By viscostatic at 13 Sep 2008 - 5:01 PM
Bodiewil
Bodiewil Plus Member 746 forum postsBodiewil vcard Wales
13 Sep 2008 - 5:34 PM

Wonderfully exposed and captured Bill

Rende
Rende Plus Member 837 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2008 - 6:23 PM

Excellent set Bill, both V1 as an abstract and V2 as a superb action shot.
Regards,
Rende

wyatturp
wyatturp  9 England
13 Sep 2008 - 6:56 PM

Hi Bill , crop works well

DougSmile

Hoffy
Hoffy Plus Member 10262 forum postsHoffy vcard England16 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2008 - 7:40 PM

Love the crop.

Hop-A-Long
13 Sep 2008 - 9:51 PM

I must say I prefer the crop Bill. However they both make me tired just looking at them.
Andy

Joline
Joline Plus Member 8Joline vcard United States52 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2008 - 9:58 PM

Definitely a different perspective! I rather prefer v1....

Last Modified By Joline at 13 Sep 2008 - 10:00 PM
RobinF
RobinF  883 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2008 - 7:54 AM

Both are excellent but V1 is a really original take on this Bill! Very clever - excellent!
regards,
Robin

SandraKay
SandraKay Plus Member 7233 forum postsSandraKay vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2008 - 2:59 PM

Such clear, sharp shots considering how quickly they zoom past. No 1 has great impact.
Had a laugh at Sam's comment. (I'm averting my eyes and just concentrating on the pins and handlebars.)
Sandra

Glostopcat
Glostopcat Plus Member 9250 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2008 - 5:12 PM

Excellent work Bill, I see these have proved very popular with the ladies of epz, it must be the sight of all those tanned shaved legs and all that tight lycra!

Last Modified By Glostopcat at 14 Sep 2008 - 5:12 PM
brownsilent
brownsilent Plus Member 8brownsilent vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2008 - 6:37 PM

Beautiful, clear, sharp and well done Bill.
Congrats for the award,
Johanna

AnneWorner
AnneWorner Plus Member 7620 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States43 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2008 - 1:31 AM

You may see a crop of knees....
(Blame my comments on Savignon Blanc - Kendall Jackson vintage 2007)
Anne

Last Modified By AnneWorner at 16 Sep 2008 - 1:31 AM
Scaramanga
Scaramanga Plus Member 737 forum postsScaramanga vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2008 - 2:46 PM

The composition on V1 is superb.

bliba
bliba  9 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Sep 2008 - 8:59 AM

excellent

Leightonhs
9 Oct 2008 - 2:32 PM

Adult content? Haha. Both, very good shots.

-Leighton.

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