Bike Racing Photo Walk

John gets a low angle view of the racers.

Thank you to everyone who joined me for the Wente Criterium Photo Walk in Livermore yesterday. We had a good group of shooters and plenty of bike racing action to photograph.

We mostly practiced a technique called panning, which gives you a real sense of movement in your photos. By using a very slow shutter speed and following a bike racer’s movement with your lens, you get a sharp image of the bike racer, against a backdrop of a streaking blur. When you’ve nailed the shot, it works beautifully, but it takes quite a few tries to get one sharp image!

Using a panning technique with a shutter of 1/10th of a second at f32 with a 200mm lens to get motion blur.

James uses his Nikon Speedlites triggered by Pocket Wizards to flash fill his subjects.

Rebecca and Tom focus on the men's pro race.

Using a panning technique with a shutter of 1/10th of a second at f29 with a 200mm lens to get motion blur.

Our next Camera West Photo Walk will be on May 10th where we will photograph a fireworks show with a new method involving focus shift which produces very unique images. There are just a few more spots left so if interested, be sure to sign up soon. Details here : http://www.camerawest.com/cwblog/2014/03/02/fireworks-with-a-twist-photo-walk-2/

 

Bike Racing Photo Walk

Please join Michael for this photo walk on Sunday, April 27 to Livermore where we will photograph the exciting, fast paced sport of criterium racing. The Wente Criterium features a series of races held throughout the afternoon finishing with the super-fast men’s pro race.

Shooting fast moving subjects is a challenge and our photo walk will certainly test our skills with bike racers tearing around the street corners of Livermore at 35-45 miles per hour. We will get ample opportunity to shoot the racers as they ride the same loop numerous times during a 45 minute to 1 hour race.

What you will learn :

  • How to capture fast moving subjects
  • How to maximize the focal length of your lens
  • How to use a fun technique called panning, or dragging your shutter
  • How to use flash fill

The techniques you learn on this photo walk can be applied to any sport, not just bike racing.

Cost : $25.00

Limited to just 12 participants.
Call or email Michael at Camera West in Walnut Creek for more info or to sign up.
michael@camerawest.com
925-935-1424

July Photo Walk : San Rafael Twilight Criterium

Please join Michael for this photo walk on Saturday, July 27 to San Rafael where we will photograph the exciting, fast paced sport of criterium racing. The San Rafael Twilight Criterium features a series of races right in downtown San Rafael. Races are held throughout the afternoon with the men’s pro race held under the lights at twilight.

Shooting fast moving subjects is a challenge and our July photo walk will certainly test our skills with bike racers tearing around the street corners of downtown San Rafael at 35-45 miles per hour. We will get ample opportunity to shoot the racers as they ride the same loop numerous times during a 45 minute to 1 hour race.

What you will learn :

  • How to capture fast moving subjects
  • How to maximize the focal length of your lens
  • How to use a fun technique called panning, or dragging your shutter
  • How to use flash fill
  • How to use a gray card

The techniques you learn on this photo walk can be applied to any sport, not just bike racing.

Cost : $25.00

Call or email Michael at Camera West in Walnut Creek for more info or to sign up.

michael@camerawest.com

925-935-1424

Saturday, July 27,2013

6pm-10pm