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By brian7d
this was taken in sutton park, a cyclo cross race , i was lying on the floor as the riders came up the hill.

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tralfamadorean 14 62 1 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2013 10:54PM
Beautifully balanced image - very well captured


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mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2013 5:51PM
It's the only sort of sports photography that I indulge in. (I've just about recovered from the horizontal sleet on top of the Honister Pass for this year's Tour of Britain, our room is booked for York next summer for the Tour de France ... ) I'm impressed, I covet this one!
Looking down on them struggling up hill generally gives good possibilities, the effort and pain plus the fact that it slows them down and strings them out, so you get individual faces more easily. But the cyclists also tend to have their heads down by this stage - the low (brave) viewpoint has given a commandingly powerful composition, and a particularly good angle on the faces (good precise focus, plus you have the eyes full visible through the goggles), plus the diagonal which is dynamic. And it has also meant that you didn't cut off the feet of the pursuing cyclists, that's unusual. I presume there was a bend in the road allowing the appearance of coming straight at you?
Portrait is effective, and particularly tricky in these circumstances. I wonder if this is the full frame or cropped down from a landscape shot?
I wouldn't change anything. F5 has isolated the leading cyclist against the others (with lovely telephoto compression), and all of them against the background. But another time I would suggest that you consider Shutter speed priority rather than Aperture - if the light had dropped suddenly and you had gone down below 1/400 second you wouldn't have such a good result. That's just how I assess the risks and options in advance, once this happens it happens fast, you don't have a chance to change settings unless the field is well split up!

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