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TDF - Gone in a Blink

By SlowSong
What a day! Never again. After waiting around for hours on the pavement and getting pelted with stuff from vans, the heavens opened and it was all over in about 30 seconds. These two are the best shots of the day, although "best" isn't really the appropriate word. Least worst is a better way to describe them. I've no idea who these people are; just blokes in lycra to me.

I did take the wrong camera and had to fiddle about for ages to get it set up. It was great at first, the sun was out. About 5 mins before the cyclists came along a dirty great cloud came over and we all got soaked. Didn't have time to reset anything as I was too busy trying to keep the camera dry and holding my place in the crowd. Gawd I hate crowds.

Well, at least I made the effort, and I learned that the functions on the wheel don't work if you use it to place the focal point. Took me hours to work that out when trying to set continuous mode.

It was OK for you lot up in Yorkshire. SadSadSad

Tags: Photo journalism General Transport Tour de france Tdf Portraits and people Sports and action First time Ive ever used the sports tag - and the last

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NDODS 11 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2014 6:01PM
Great event, great images.

Regards Nathan GrinGrin
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
7 Jul 2014 6:08PM
Sounds like fun, NOT, Chris Smile At least you managed a couple of images. Carol
marktc Plus
11 101 15 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2014 6:10PM
Very cool Chris love the way you got the painted cycle in too. Well done you hope the kit didn't get too wet
barbarahirst 13 27 12 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2014 6:17PM
everyone in Leeds that had seen t came into the nut stall saying exactly the same as you....
love the bike on the road ... you really got the well thought out place to take the image
gary_d 13 576 13 Wales
7 Jul 2014 6:24PM
I was watching briefly on TV and thought its a lot of standing around just to see them pass so quickly and you have backed those thoughts up.

Good images considering the conditions.

cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
7 Jul 2014 6:25PM
Much better on TV GrinGrinGrin

Do hope that tog wasn't too badly hurt
mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2462 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2014 6:33PM
Oh dear, the magic hasn't quite reached you yet. I love the party atmosphere in the crowd during the wait and the warm-up (three hours waiting outside York Minster...), and the sheer insanity of it all. We've stood in horizontal sleet for hours on end for the Tour of Britain but this was the Big One. The North East has been buzzing with happiness.
I see it as totally positive. It's a celebration of the human spirit - compare the effort involved in even a moderate stage like today's with the 90 minutes effort that apparently leaves Premiership footballers drained for days...
rontear Plus
18 23 9 England
7 Jul 2014 6:36PM
Any consultation Chris, we had the same in Epping, but I did get something in those 30 seconds !!! You done well.
cuffit Plus
14 354 8 England
7 Jul 2014 6:41PM
Given the crowds you did very well to get the shots at all. Good sense of movement in both the riders and the crowd. The sign on the road is great and I can see 2 more bike signs - intended or not, it adds to a very good photo in difficult conditions. I did think about going toward Yorkshire but it would have cost quite a bit in diesel and the like for a narrow window of opportunity - I would have liked to have taken a panoramic shot of the Dales as the peloton wended their way through (at speed!). Although I am well past my 'use-by date' I still cycle for fun, but these guys travel at twice my speed and over 5 times the distance up-and-down Dale - crikey!!

Just spent a few minutes trying to figure out why I couldn't add a vote! Although voting disabled, I would have added mine. Chris
prabhusinha 13 5 5 India
7 Jul 2014 7:05PM
2 superb shots
SlowSong Plus
13 9.9k 30 England
7 Jul 2014 7:15PM

Quote:Oh dear, the magic hasn't quite reached you yet.

No, never did, never will. I do like to go to big events to see if I'm really missing something but in this case, not. Now the Olympics was a whole different story. Thought I hated it - loved it. But then it did last a bit longer and had a bit more variety to it. Grin
Lillian Plus
12 23 17 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2014 7:25PM
over in a blink!! that's sport for you Chris, see more on the teleWink
but at least you did get two, so well done
NaturesHaven 10 283 6 England
7 Jul 2014 7:58PM
E by Gum ya not wrong there lass........although I live in Lincolnshire I was born and brewed in I still retain some Yorkie lingo...............the heavens opened here today for about 5 minutes, then gone in a flash..a bit like the riders in you're piccy.............I watched it on the telly...........I hate crowds as well........GrinGrinGrinGrin
nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
7 Jul 2014 8:04PM
Good shots related with that great event, Chris.
crash39 15 24 England
7 Jul 2014 8:23PM
Ha ha! I too have some of these to post & like you have absolutely no idea who they are. However I was in Yorkshire so got the better weather!
It really was a case of wiring around for hours for a 2 second glimpse of men in lycra!

Great shot though!

213hardy 13 719 England
7 Jul 2014 8:26PM
I hate crowds too, but i'm so glad we went to the tour in Yorkshire, was so worth it just for the atmosphere.

And of course we have much better scenery!

And now it seems Yorkshire could be getting it's own event on the Race Calendar. Plans have been submitted for a 3 day event in May next year.

2 great images in poor conditions.

Mollycat Plus
8 21 2 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2014 9:10PM
Surprised there's not a warden about, they just crossed a bike only path. The wrong way. Very brave of you to take these.
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 784 England
7 Jul 2014 9:18PM
Yes, the position of the bike sign on the road does look good. I just wonder how many other people thought of that when they decided oin their position to watch Grin
I would have been tempted to travel and watch if I didn't have to go far, but given that I would and the crowds and it all being over in 30 seconds, it wa a no no.
That's not to say I don't support it, I do like to watch it on TV.
Richsr 14 91 223 England
7 Jul 2014 9:28PM
Think you have done a good job here Chris, capture the effort of the riders your positioning is good with the road marking of the bike.
Yes there was lots of waiting around but that the same in any road sport, we had a great atmosphere in Gods own county
franken Plus
19 5.3k 4 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2014 9:44PM
Excellent set, Chris.

I confess to getting things messed up with my G5 at times!Sad
Jasper87 Plus
11 2.8k 158 England
7 Jul 2014 10:05PM
Superb write up, Chris, I could have penned the same, word for word, apart from I spent 4.5 hours hanging around the Waterworks Roundabout. Didn't mind being hit by most of the freebies but the boxes of Yorkshire Tea were a tad hard!! Two DSLRs on machine gun mode and I'm not sure i got anything more than a pure record of the event. I shall stick to landscapes on a tripod methinks!! Wink

SlowSong Plus
13 9.9k 30 England
7 Jul 2014 10:09PM
Waterworks roundabout. Classy. Grin
fentiger 20 920 24 England
8 Jul 2014 7:45AM
I spite of everything you have obtained a most acceptable action packed image.

CaroleS Plus
11 442 3 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2014 10:16AM
Well done you!!!!
ChiliMan 15 135 17 Singapore
8 Jul 2014 11:22AM
I hate crowds. Throw in some rain and the ughness factor goes up tenfold.

Gotta say you came away with a couple of very decent shots, Chris! Brilliant timing in V1 with the 2D bicycle visible before the cyclists pummeled it.

tonyng Plus
11 11 3 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2014 1:50PM
You are quite right. Was at the Tour of Britain last year. Everything just flash by. I simply set the camera to smoke on continuous shutter mode until I got home to review. Just as well, I got Wiggin and Davenport side by side. Pleased at that.
TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
8 Jul 2014 2:36PM
They should have stayed here up norf in Yorkshire! Wink I was watching this on TV and saw it starting to rain as they approached London, yet here it was fine with hazy sunshine Smile
Two great shots though, Chris, especially V1, which really captures the look of pain and determination on the cyclists' faces and also the enthusiasm of the crowd Wink
Trev Smile
ColleenA Plus
9 500 7 Australia
8 Jul 2014 5:35PM
Well done for hanging around....
bricurtis Plus
16 2.5k 51 England
8 Jul 2014 8:41PM
A brief encounter - over in a flash Smile
Source 11
8 Jul 2014 11:07PM
A great intense capture.Two great shots.
- source
pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2014 10:09PM
Is it all worth it? I would doubt it, but I do like the results you show here, especially the bike sign on the road.

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