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Men's Pro Criterion @ the Air Force Cycling Classic

Men's Pro Criterion @ the Air Force Cycling Classic
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8 Comments | Report
Voldum
 
Voldum July 25, 2017
Amazing picture, I really like that shot.
I wonder how you did it...
By panning - maybe in combination with flash? or editing?
domenicverechia
 
domenicverechia July 25, 2017
Simply awesome! Well done!
zoricapecold
 
zoricapecold July 25, 2017
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW !
Lilany
 
Lilany August 11, 2017
Congratulations! Wonderful image
tessamercieca
 
tessamercieca September 25, 2017
Just amazing...showing the movement of the bikers without the movement being on them. How did you get such focus on the moving bikers whilst getting the rest to seem like it was moving?
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tonybrooks September 29, 2017
Thanks for asking. I explain this in the BTL below.
bobbytaylor71 Premium
 
bobbytaylor71 Jan 22
A definite 'Wow" image ...
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JayneBug Mar 09
A masterpiece in skill and creativity. Wow!
llowzz PRO+
 
llowzz Mar 09
Great shot and skilful edit.Congratulations on your Challenge Win !

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Behind The Lens

Location
Clarendon Cup NCC Pro Race Air Force Cycling Classic, Arlington, VA
Time
It was 13:15:41 on June 6, 2014. It was hot and humid.
Lighting
The sun was high and direct because it was mid-day - great lighting that allowed me to freeze the motion with out a tripod and minimize shadows.
Equipment
Canon EOS 5D Mark III EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM at ƒ/2.8, 105.0 mm, 1/500, ISO 100 with no flash
Inspiration
I help put on this cycling racing event every year. It is one of the premier annual cycling events in the Washington DC area. This is a very fast paced event, perfect for sports photography. I have taken this shot before but not with this quality of equipment. My goal was to exaggerate the motion to show the speed and physical exertion in this capture. I shot this photo very late in the Men's Pro Criterium Race and the peloton was cranking up their effort to chase down some riders that went of the front. This photo was shot in the last corner before the long straight run to the start/finish line. You can see the angst in the group as riders started to jockey for position once they came out of the corner.
Editing
I took the shot with the camera settings I mentioned above. But in order to get the effect I wanted, I had to spend a lot of time in Photoshop. I carefully selected out the riders (primary the three groups) from the background. I had to get all of the gaps in the wheels and between the bodies. Once I completed the selection, I made masked it so I could separate the riders from the background. I used the motion blur filter in Photoshop to blur the background. I then selected sharpened the riders to make them "pop" and them combined the layers. This is a simply process but a time consuming one because of the time I spent making the selection.
In my camera bag
What's in my bag varies depending on what I am shooting. I primarily shoot with Canon bodies, whether it’s my 5D Mark III or 7D. I bought a Sony Alpha 7M2 last year. I enjoy the Sony because it is lighter and is just as capable as my Canon bodies. Also I really like the crop feature on the Sony – it’s like having two cameras in one. I have any one of these bodies in my bag when walking around. For general shooting, I most likely have my 16-35 mm wide angle and a 28-135 mm zoom. However, if I am specifically shooting architecture I choose either my 8 mm or 14 mm Rokinon lenses in addition to my 16-35 mm. For landscapes, I bring along my 50 mm f1.4 prime and my 16-35 mm. For time lapse, I primarily rely on my 16-35 mm, and, for portraits, I use my 70-200mm f2.8. I have a Comlite adapter for fitting my Canon lenses on my Sony Alpha 7M2.
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I shoot everything - landscapes, portraits, macros, night astro, cityscapes, and sports. I also like to shoot B&W and infrared besides color. Photography is too big just to commit to just one or two genres. Don't limit yourself! Get out there and shot as much as you can. Shoot different things. Go to your local little league baseball, football, or soccer games. Go out into the woods or try some long exposures. Observe what your peers are doing and try to recreate what you like. EXPERIMENT!

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