Cycling Photography: I’m getting there only 2 weeks more practice time.

Okay people so I am trying my hand at cycling photography.  I’ve looked at other photographers cycling photo’s, visited several how to get the best cycling photographs websites and in the end it came down to me, my camera and the cyclist…

On Saturday my youngest Lian and I took our camera’s and headed to the Bottelary Road for some cycling photography. This road is a very popular road and many cyclist make use of it to practice. I know a few years back I was one of those cyclist who were riding along that same stretch of road.

By now you know that I am going on a Cycle Tour in aid of the SAPS Educational Fund but I am not going to be one of the main riders, my job will be mainly to capture the moments of suffering, fun and scenery along the road and supporting the riders. I am going to pack in my cycling clothes just for the fun, hubby is taking with the tandem so I will do a few km for the cause. But more about the tour on a later stage let’s focus on my practice session on Saturday.

It was  very misty and I decided to shoot in Aperture Priority (AV on my dial). I set my ISO to 800, and my Aperture F5.6. I always shoot in RAW, Al Servo and continuous shooting 8 fps I don’t want to miss a nice shot…. On the screen the photo’s looked great and on my desktop it looked good, but because I am Coreen and always my worst critic I want it to look out of this world fantastic. There were some grain in the photo’s and next time I’ll try to bring down my ISO to 400 and if the light allows it even 100. Maybe try my hand at shooting in Manual mode.

Tomorrow morning I want to go down to the Bottelary road again and do some more practicing. I must keep in mind that they are on the road the whole day so as the day progress I will have to adjust my settings on my camera. So tomorrow I will be doing a long practice session. I wanted to go this morning but I have a patient this morning. Lian my “assistant”, photographer in the making what ever you want to call him is home and I don’t want to leave him alone.

I must say I got a few looks, waving and comments from the riders. Some just ignore you and then others slowed down and waved and asked for what magazine do you work. Ha ha only in my dreams will I be working for a magazine. They don’t employ self made photographers they want people with degrees or diploma’s All that I have to show is hours and hours of practicing and a hell of a lot of photo’s.

If any of you out there are into action photography and using a Canon 7D please leave some tips. Well here are a few collages of my first practice run.

SAPS Practicing for Cycle Tour