Up the Hill

By: Gustav Hoiland

May 06 2010

Category: Uncategorized

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Focal Length:135mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D80
Hazy Officials

Ahhh, bike racing. Actual bike racing where there’s officials and bell ringers and jersey numbers and the works. This is that. Shot this while shooting the Northeastern University bike team over a race weekend at West Point.

One of the more interesting things here is the flatness of it all. Of course Blue Shirt Man is right in front of us, but everything else ranges from somewhat close to very far, yet it all seems to be on the same plane. The miniature racers cresting the hill look like paper cutouts, pasted on the trees a hundred feet behind them.

The dominance of Blue Shirt Man is also interesting to me. Usually foreground objects are all kinds of focused, but here’s it’s as if I’m just using him for his shape and color, without really caring about the person. The real interest is of course the struggling peleton of riders. But you can’t really see them. I guess that’s the point.

Also note the arm ringing the bell (signifying a points/sprint lap) just to the left of the riders. See the very tip of the limp American flag top center.

That is all.

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