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Speed 2

By jacomes
This is one of a series I took at a local cycle race on Sunday (26/7/15). I was trying to capture the speed and movement of the racers, panning the shots and using various settings on the camera (as shown in the exif info), without worryng too much about detail within the image. I finally settled on speed priority using slow shutter speeds, letting the aperture look after itself and slight underexposure which I find on this camera gives richer colour and better highlights. Some of the images are pretty abstract, others are more straightforward, but this selection has I feel acheived what I wanted.
Please let me know what you think of individual photos or the set as a whole.

Tags: Cycling Sport Cyclist Bike racing Cycle racing Sports and action

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pablophotographer 8 1.3k 355
28 Jul 2015 10:24PM
Hi, I gave my opinion on the photo with three athletes but you make me thinking here....

It seems you were not using a monopod, tripod would be dangerous for all, athletes, viewers, yourself and your camera.

I like the fact that you follow them as they run down a small slope, you could be carefully selecting your spot, bravo.

I can't remember when your D50 came along, must have 6 megapixels resolution, right? Frames per second.... no more than 3? What if you had not panned, but shoot bursts of wide aperture, short shutter speed to get the biker a couple of times accurately frozen in your frame?

Worth exploring isn't it?


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banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4049 Canada
28 Jul 2015 10:36PM
I really like this.

The fact its on a corner and the clarity is a little better looking down the road on the right makes it clear enough ti identify it as a bike race.

Well done.

Most camera produce denser colours when underexposed, and that because they underexpose; less light on a colour makes it deeper/denser. With exposure normal, this can be enhanced with better contrast.

I commented on a shot of yours a while back but looks like ai forgot to upload a mod (leelah?) so I will do it shortly.

mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2099 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2015 8:11AM
I like this a lot, it does convey speed, and also the spectator's experience! I follow bike racing - for a big event you grab your position by the road maybe two hours or more in advance and wait, then the peleton will sweep past in a few seconds of blur. And of course you only get one chance for photographs unless it is a criterium style race!

The 3/4 angle works well, we have the sense of the riders advancing, and an attractive curve. What this lacks for me is the sense of the individuals in the blur, hints of profiles... Not sharp profiles, but the structure of faces. Remember that the feet are moving much faster than the faces, you can capitalise on that.

I would advise a slightly faster shutter speed - try 1/40 second at a spot like this, save 1/20 for when they are heading uphill. (I think the most successful image technically in your set is this one - taken at 1/15 second but they were riding uphill and so considerably slower.

As Willie says, the outside of a bend in the road is the place to be!

dudler Plus
16 978 1536 England
29 Jul 2015 1:03PM
Nothing to add on this - though I suggest an alternative technique, which is to use an even slower shutter speed, and pan with the cyclists, to get a similar degree of blur on them, and a very great deal on the background.

Tricky without live view, or a separate viewfinder of some sort, though, unless you really enjoy guesswork (I don't...)
jacomes Plus
4 20 1 France
29 Jul 2015 4:48PM
Thanks for you comments. I was a bit limited on exposure as the lowest ISO setting is 200; I used my polariser as an ND filter which helped (it was a bright sunny day).

Moira: This was a crit style race so I had several chances to capture the groups of riders as they came round. i have more shotsfrom the same spot which I will look at again with your comments in mind. The image you like, Speed 1 was not really on a hill, the riders were accelarating out the corner in this photo, so not going any slower!

Dudler: yes panning "blind" is chancy, but I have no choice, not having liveview. Allez VC Consac and Number 15 demonstrate this in terms of composition and the focus point in the image.

Pablo: The D50 is 10years old, you are right on pixel count and continuous shooting speed. I'm hoping to change to a D610 later this year.

dudler Plus
16 978 1536 England
29 Jul 2015 6:26PM
A useful trick, learned shooting infrared film on a Yashica SLR: pick up an old auxiliary viewfinder (often used with rangefinder cameras for different lenses). As well as the VERY costly vintage Leica stuff, there was a cheap Russian copy - probably now getting costly - and other less versatile things. None cope with zooming, though.
pilgrim57 6 1 United States
31 Jul 2015 7:08AM
Might want to try a monopod to keep your camera steady - panning is a tricky technique and it takes many tries to get in the groove. Love the colors on your photo - might want to just pan on one of the riders.

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