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high speed(again)

By irweazel  
shot from the gent six day - posted again for submission to pro-critique

taken with flash, but as you can see it was the middle shot of the burst as curtain sync is in front of the rider and not behind

Tags: Cycling Sport Action Track Gent Sports and action

Voters: Richsr, Psin, IMAGESTAR and 4 more


Richsr 12 91 223 England
14 Jan 2008 4:52PM
Well timed capture .
Regards Richard.

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IMAGESTAR 13 7 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2008 6:29PM
Excellent shot.
Carabosse 16 41.4k 270 England
15 Jan 2008 1:53AM
I agree with Will. Also there is a blue colour cast; the photo would look better if that were corrected... the colours look rather unnatural as shot.
irweazel 13 167 England
15 Jan 2008 5:25PM
damn my eye's - can't see the blue cast, but think i will have a look at it again and upload a correction, light cloned out if you are able to pass comment on the update that would be appreciated.
Carabosse 16 41.4k 270 England
15 Jan 2008 5:34PM
If you have the colour cast dropper tool use it on the helmet... I think you'll find the colours immediately look more natural.
irweazel 13 167 England
15 Jan 2008 11:27PM
flicking the versions over i can see a bit more what you mean about the slight blue cast

thanks guys
B_Ugli 12 8
25 Jan 2008 12:30PM
Being a new photographer I am not qualified to comment so much on the photographic aspects of this shot but I can assist with the context.

The rider in this shot Iljo Keisse went on to win the Gent 6 which is a series of races spread over six days which include one called "The Madison".

In this type of race, riders race in teams of two whereby one rider will participate in the race proper and every couple of laps handsling his team mate "into the chase". There are sprints with points during the race and at the end. Riders can also try and take a lap by attacking and getting away before rejoining the tail end of the main bunch.

Anyone who has seen this kind of race will be in awe of the skill and agility of the riders which is almost like watching ballet on a bike. Poise, focus and high concentration are all very important.

From a cycling viewpoint, and in respose to the experts comments, I wouldnt expect to see this rider with his head down full of determination as on the track your head needs to be up and your brain concentrating. If his head was down he would be likely to cause a crash by doing this in a madison race.

He is clearly focussed on the track in front of him, what is going on around him and where his team mate is, ready for the next hand sling.

Cool, calm and collected ready to win - which he did!

Quality shot captures exactly what the madison is about!
irweazel 13 167 England
25 Jan 2008 7:03PM
yeah i have two, what i would consider very good shots, both with his eyes in a smililar direction, which i love because to me he is looking at the track ahead.
if his eyes were in the right place for an aesthecitcally pleasing he would be looking at me, and probably riding into me Wink
thanks for the comments joe, much appreciated

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