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March 18, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Tip of the Week: Experiment with different shutter speeds and different angles to create new photographic opportunities. These photos were from the US Crit Championship in Augusta from 2011 and 2012. I worked with a variety of different focal lengths and shutter speeds to create a wide variety of photographs of the cyclists during the races. When using the wide angle, I shot low in the corners with a fast shutter speed to help isolate the cyclist against the busy backgrounds. In other photos with the wide angle, I used a slow shutter speed to emphasis the speed of the cyclists while making the environment the focal point.

When using the telephoto lens, I photographed from a higher position to ensure that I could still see the pack in the background of the leaders photos. During one of the races, one rider broke off the front by himself and I had a couple of opportunities to practice my panning technique. The first photo is with a fast shutter speed. This photo is fine, however the guy was going very fast and the image did not convey the sense of speed. I lowered my shutter speed for the next lap and photographed him while panning the camera as he passed. The panning motion combined with the slower shutter speed ensured that he stayed sharp in the photo, while the background was heavily blurred due to the camera movement during the exposure.

225mm                 f/5                 1/800sec                 ISO 800
17mm                      f/5.6                   1/500sec              ISO 800
130mm                f/6.3               1/2500                   ISO 400
40mm                  f/9                  1/125sec               ISO 160
28mm                f/13                     1/20sec                 ISO 100
 

 


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