Today Manly Warringah Cycling Club held there final round of their cyclocross racing series. A great turnout considering the weather was far from favourable. Speaking to Rob Parbery from MWMTB club before the race, it was decided to remove the dreaded mud pit from the course to allow more racing rather than mud collecting, good choice in hindsight.
The turnouts for these events has been really impressive and today was no different. Plenty of families out to watch mum or dad race and even have a run down the track themselves. Great to see so many smiling kids outside playing rather than stuck at home in front of the TV or computer.
As for the photography, it was a very challenging day. When shooting at bigger events I usually setup in a location and stay put for the duration or in the 24hour events only move around every 3 hours or so. Today was challenging as I wanted to catch more editorial images and get a feel for the whole event. This meant setting up new shots every 15mins or so and changing lenses which is difficult while trying to hold or stay under an umbrella. At one point the clouds rolled in so thick it was almost black in the background of shots. The flashes had to be turned right down to minimize the “deer in the headlights” look. The Nikon D3s didn’t even notice the soaking it took, I was however, a little concerned about the PocketWizard TT1 and AC3 being tolerant of so much wet stuff. Great gear though, all is good.
So as everyone huddled around the marquee and cheared on the last few competitors and the lighting strikes got louder, the first MWCC and MWMTB cyclocross series came to an end. The club plans to run this event on a monthly basis starting in a few months time. I am sure they will have even better turn outs as cycclocross popularity grows and more and more people hear of the event. Look forward to shooting the coming races over 2012.
GiRoPhoto Facebook - YouTube Live
I have been a bit quiet lately working on updating my website and creating a Facebook Fanpage, a YouTube Channel page along with attending some more events, preparing prints for new work to displayed at SeaChange cafe in Dee Why NSW and creating a new video of a recent shoot.
My new facebook fanpage can be found at GiRoPhoto Fanpage and my YouTube Channel found here. My fanpage will showcase information about myself and will show some of my work that is not restricted by commercial or contractual restrictions, mostly private work that will be available for sale via my website. The YouTube channel will be used again to display some recent works, mostly for posting fun videos, behind the scenes sort of stuff or just show what I have been up to.
Please check out my first video loaded up from the Brookvale Bike Factory (BBF) and Trek MTB test day at Manly Dam, shot on Saturday the 16th. The timelapse video was created for use by BBF to show off the days event and to give future event participators an idea of what goes on at the test days. The direct video link is here.
As for riders that were riding at Manly Dam on the day not involved with the test day, images from the day will be online, contact me for a copy.
As for the other work that I have busy on, watch out for future posts detailing exactly what I have been up to.
All the best.
Wilier Cento Uno with Campagnolo Super Record 11
Wilier Cento Uno
Well this weeks post is something a little different. I am indoors this time at a bicycle workshop in Brookvale where I have decided to shoot some high-end bikes for some product photography. Now some of you know I use to race road bikes and still love riding when time permits, so what better product to shoot. Seeing that the cycling has grown so much in Australia since I stopped racing it was easy to find some samples of bikes that got my heart racing.
But back to the photography. As I have just finished a fantastic lighting course at the Australian Centre of Photography, www.acp.org.au in Paddington lead by the experienced and funny man Geoff McGeachin. I recently purchased some light modifiers and stands to use my Nikon speedlights in and try out some of the newly gained skills. Now i have used flash outdoors with some success at events but shooting indoors and stationary objects should be easy… Well, light is a key and tricky. I was shooting with flash only so no modeling lights that you would normally find in studio tungsten mono-lights. But with some trial and error and creative thinking some great results can be achieved.
My buddy Jason Tsui , www.jasontsui.com joined me as well and we came up with some very pleasing compositions but definitely will be doing this again as we hit a few snags along the way. Space was the main issue as was size of backgrounds. I have been shooting some small objects up to recently and when you are then required to shoot larger you quickly need a space that will accommodate this, we have more ideas for next time to fix this. As for shooting this subject with the large studio lights, we had more than enough light with the softboxes designed for strobists which I purchased at Dragon Image. I will do a review of these products in the future after I have put them thru some more work and can give a thumbs up or thumbs down, check back for that.
As for the compositions, we discussed a bit as to what really catches your eye about a bike, is it the components, the engineering / design of the frame or just the colour scheme of the bike. Most of the lighting tried on the night was from side on to create a mood or shape to the bike. This proved a little difficult as the bike is so thin the light just wrapped around it and gave pretty even light if too high a flash power used. My preferred point of view was definitely side on, but maybe a future shoot will open up new ideas and I will find something better.
Well enough for now. The image above links to the gallery on my image archive, their promises to be more to come as I still have many creative ideas that need to be flushed out of the system so to say. Hope you enjoy them and please comments are very welcome. I am always looking for other photographers in the Sydney area to join up with or have join me to shoot anything, especially if it has any link to enjoying an outdoor lifestyle.