Cycling Pins

By woolybill1
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

Tags: Northumberland Photo journalism Back Ready Year Be And Next Come Cycle race Might Tour of britain 2008 Stage six Bike race Humour and fun Sports and action

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photophantom 13 108 3 Philippines
13 Sep 2008 12:19AM
A very well balanced shots Bill. Bravo
imagio 14 12 1 England
13 Sep 2008 12:26AM
Great intensity even on the pins Bill

whiteswan01 13 13 England
13 Sep 2008 12:37AM
great shot well tanned legs
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
13 Sep 2008 1:06AM
Just look at all these legs!


dawnmichelle 14 12 United States
13 Sep 2008 2:10AM
Did they shave... legs look to smooth loll... wonderful shots
mikbee 14 3 8 Scotland
13 Sep 2008 2:14AM
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.
glyndwr 14 103 10 Wales
13 Sep 2008 5:56AM
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.

Sahyadri 13 61 2 India
13 Sep 2008 6:37AM
tough choice between the two Bill... but i think i lean more towards V1.
tigertimb 13 40 66 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2008 8:04AM
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
BERTRAM 13 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2008 8:21AM
V1 is a brilliant shot.
13 Sep 2008 8:23AM
Think both are excellent Bill, slight preference for V2,
danbrann 16 640 17
13 Sep 2008 8:32AM
Two nice ones Bill.At least we all got something out of it and it was certainly worth the visit....I think.
nickyv32 Plus
14 135 England
13 Sep 2008 8:33AM
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.

Strobe 13 1.3k United States
13 Sep 2008 8:40AM
Excellent, I like the crop in V1
DolphinLady 15 54 1 Wales
13 Sep 2008 8:49AM
Definately V1 for me.
Fantastic capture of those lovely tanned legs.
The detail in the bikes is very good as well.......
bayleaf 13 8 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2008 8:52AM
Well captured.

tony64 17 204 9 England
13 Sep 2008 9:23AM
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.
User_Removed 14 485 13 England
13 Sep 2008 9:38AM
excellent Bill, the crop on #1 really works extremely well

MickyMc 13 8 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2008 9:41AM
Bill these are excellent fancy catching him wipe his nose!!
Its No 1 I really No2.....cant decide.
MickyMc 13 8 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2008 9:42AM
It stood out for me this week.
helenlinda Plus
14 374 22 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2008 9:53AM
So 7 minutes of action!!
Well you certainly got a good one in v1 Bill
Well desrving of Mavis' award too.
13 Sep 2008 9:53AM
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 61 55 England
13 Sep 2008 9:55AM
Two great shots. I particularly like the framing in #1
Cormy 13 3 England
13 Sep 2008 10:03AM
Two absolute stunners here Bill.Well done indeed.
13 Sep 2008 10:05AM
Great captures.
BillS 15 27 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2008 10:18AM
Excellent shot ! Both pictures are great !
samsalt 12 24 1 England
13 Sep 2008 10:22AM
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.

Mikelane 14 1 Wales
13 Sep 2008 11:03AM
Excellent work bill in both images ,some good tans too,well captured bill regards
pascalg Plus
14 37 1 France
13 Sep 2008 2:31PM
interesting crop... & write up Smile
Mavis 19 143 2 England
13 Sep 2008 2:37PM
Wonderful strong young legs Mmmm Smile A great capture Bill . You've made my day Smile xx
helenlinda Plus
14 374 22 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2008 3:21PM
Whata mistaka to maka- 7 seconds not minutes!!
Its Saturday and I'm not concentrating so well.
davidhu 15 19 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2008 4:53PM
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 !!
viscostatic 15 50 11 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2008 5:01PM
Very clever and effective composition in V1.

Bodiewil 13 46 Wales
13 Sep 2008 5:34PM
Wonderfully exposed and captured Bill
Rende 14 38 4 Netherlands
13 Sep 2008 6:23PM
Excellent set Bill, both V1 as an abstract and V2 as a superb action shot.
wyatturp 15 2 England
13 Sep 2008 6:56PM
Hi Bill , crop works well

Hoffy 16 262 16 England
13 Sep 2008 7:40PM
Love the crop.
Hop-A-Long 14 52 1 England
13 Sep 2008 9:51PM
I must say I prefer the crop Bill. However they both make me tired just looking at them.
Joline Plus
15 35 59 United States
13 Sep 2008 9:58PM
Definitely a different perspective! I rather prefer v1....
RobinF 14 83 1 England
14 Sep 2008 7:54AM
Both are excellent but V1 is a really original take on this Bill! Very clever - excellent!
SandraKay Plus
14 233 4 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2008 2:59PM
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.)
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
14 Sep 2008 5:12PM
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!
brownsilent 14 7 2 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2008 6:37PM
Beautiful, clear, sharp and well done Bill.
Congrats for the award,
AnneWorner 13 620 43 United States
16 Sep 2008 1:31AM
You may see a crop of knees....
(Blame my comments on Savignon Blanc - Kendall Jackson vintage 2007)
Scaramanga 13 60 6 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2008 2:46PM
The composition on V1 is superb.
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
20 Sep 2008 8:59AM
Leightonhs 14 155 1
9 Oct 2008 2:32PM
Adult content? Haha. Both, very good shots.


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