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A Day at the MTB Races

By shooter
"Dragging the Shutter" at 1/15th second enabled me to capture the gritty action during Tuesday night's Terwillegar MTB race series in Edmonton, Canada.

Tags: Sports and action

Voters: thegibdog, boiledegg, Hazard and 1 more

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rugbylass 18 403
3 Sep 2003 10:47AM
Great action shot- I love the feeling of speed.
ZenTog 19 7.9k 1 England
3 Sep 2003 12:48PM
really good sporting action , nice and tight framed wouldnt look out of place in any bike mag!!!
Carabosse 18 41.6k 270 England
5 Sep 2003 12:09AM
I'm sorry but this shot is too much of a jumble of elements. It is meant to give a sensation of speed but much of it just looks blurred and messy!
durlstonp 18 638 1 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2003 12:58AM
Great shot Alan. Just the right amount of drag in my view and supersharp on the face. I take it that this is for commercial use?

shooter 19 105 Canada
9 Sep 2003 4:25AM
Thanks for the kind words, durlston! This one I did for pleasure. While most of my photography is commercial, cycling is my "other hobby." (Or skiing in winter.) My 14 y.o. son is beginning to get into cycling, so we went out together to a Tuesday night race and I thought I'd do some "different" pix to give myself a break from the tabletop stuff I do every day. Instead of static, it's a moving subject, instead of controlled, it's me reacting to the unpredictable, and instead of studio lights, it's just an old Vivitar 285 and the sun. Fun! Maybe I should do something with this shot...
rossi 17 142 11 England
19 Sep 2003 4:17PM
Just come across this shot, excellent stuff!

Well framed and extremely well executed, I wish my mountain bike shots came out like this!

You could make money out of shots like this.
shooter 19 105 Canada
21 Sep 2003 6:06AM
Thanks, rossi. If you wish yours were like this, go for it! Use a very slow shutter speed, around a 15th, and use a wide lens, such as a 28mm (on an SLR, much wider on a point-and-shoot). Stand right next to the trail, so close you're scared they'll hit your camera. Follow them into sight, and squeeze the button gently as they go past, still following their movement; never pause or slow the camera's following motion. Your flash will freeze the parts it's light reaches. Areas not frozen by the flash will be blurred by the slow shutter speed. Take lots, it's digital!
boiledegg 16 164 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2004 10:14AM
Absolutley super!
Thanks for the tips and advice you gave me and I found some more here ^

Thanks Shooter!

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