Bike Race Weekend

By: Gustav Hoiland

Apr 18 2010

Category: Uncategorized

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Aperture:f/7.1
Focal Length:135mm
ISO:400
Shutter:1/250 sec
Camera:NIKON D80
Over the Hill

Sorry for the no posts the last two days. I just got back from a lovely weekend shooting the Northeastern University bike team, racing yesterday and today on the West Point campus and in Camp Buckner. The lead and chase cars (used to ensure the road is clear for the giant pack of bikers) were both humvees. Every once’n a while a string of 40 cadets in full camo would pass by. Quite the interesting setting for a bunch of shaved-leg spandex toting dudes (and ladies) riding bikes.

Part of my shooting was straight up action shots of each person on the team, of which there were about 12. I’d try’n get them either isolated or in the pack during a race. Mostly it was my obligation, having volunteered to shoot for the team, to get each person at least a solid shot of themselves. That’s the easy part, though perhaps tiring. I guess wandering around looking for interesting angles isn’t particularly laborious, but it’s more a creative work/strain on your brain. This is one such shot from that side of it.

So I guess I was trying to show the race as just a part of a much larger environment. They’re but a stripe of helmets and sponsor laden jerseys amid the dense forest, just starting to bud, and the road and the dead leaves from last fall. This particular race ran around a two mile loop, so you’d have about 15 seconds, tops,  to see/hear them coming, shoot a couple frames, and then wait. Of course I would spend the 5 minutes between each round scouting for a new angle, doing test-lighting shots, etc…

Anyhoo… yeah, I don’t know what else to say about this image. But it is workin’ for me. Love it.

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