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An angle on the Tour of Britain

March 14, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

 

An angle on the Tour of Britain

The final stage of this year's Tour of Britain was a 56 miles circuit: starting at Whitehall, along the Embankment to the Tower of London and back again, the riders did this loop twelve times, so there was plenty of opportunities to capture images.

There were thousands of photographers along the route.  Most of them seemed to have brought their long lenses and were looking for compressed depth of field shots of the peloton in the distance.  I opted for a different approach, using my 17-40 mm. more or less at the widest end, choosing a low angle and dropping the shutter speed to around 1/60.  I used flash to freeze the shot, while the slow shutter speed left a trail, which I felt would help convey the sense of speed.

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I felt that these three images worked best.  I particularly liked the one above for the way in which I'd managed to capture the eyes and intense stare of the leading rider.  The second image is a dramtic angle, which I also felt worked well.

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As always, I wanted to search out an angle that was unusual and I was pleased with these images. 


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