This time last Saturday I was in country Victoria after being invited to shoot the inaugural Anchor Point Tour of the South West bike race. It was a two day, 3 staged event that traversed the rolling terrain of the Warrnambool and Moyne shires. I’ve never shot a cycling event before so I was both apprehensive and excited about capturing some decent images – particularly since I was the sole official photographer too. After reading a post by another photographer blogger I follow – Leanne Cole (see her here), I asked Warrnambool Council if there was any possibility of being able to shoot from the back of a motorbike. Happily, they were able to organise one of the locals to take me around and follow the cyclists through the circuit (many, many thanks to Neville!). Whilst I did shoot from the back of the bike; I found the better shots came from stopping at certain points around the course where I could really adjust my camera settings and (try to) compose things better.
This post is from the first event – the Road Race. All images were taken handheld but with a variety of different camera settings – Aperture priority, Shutter priority and full Manual. It was a fantastic experience and I can’t thank the Event Manager – Rebecca Elmes from Warrnambool Council enough for the opportunity to be part of this event. I met some really wonderful people down there; and those cyclists – Wow; so fit!!
If you’d like to know more about the Anchor Point Tour of the South West visit their website here. I’ll put photo’s up of the Time Trials in the next post.
Canon 7D | Lenses: EF 70-200L IS f4 and EFS 10-22 | Handheld | Post: Aperture 3.0
Above: Possibly my favourite shot of this set. I preferred the lower shutter speed shots because they provide movement in the frame. They are, of course, much harder to capture well though.
Above: Shot at 1/1250 in Aperture priority, everything freezes. Fine, except these guys are flying! So, unlike the shots above, you really don’t get a sense of the energy and inertia. I do however like the shot because of its composition – riding into the sun, shot low etc.
Above: Race to the finish. Unfortunately the guys were too exhausted when they crossed the line do a ‘fist pump’ or throw their arms up (which is apparently illegal according to the race rules). Can’t blame them though – I know I couldn’t ride 100+ kilometres in a couple of hours, that’s for sure.