December 11 2013 Latest news:
Monday, October 21, 2013
This week Su Anderson is back with a selection of her favourite photos and some tips for amateur photographers.
Su said: “This past summer several cycling events, including professional cycling tours, got the community out on their bikes in Essex and Suffolk.
“The Pear Izumi Tour Series filled Colchester High Street in May, Dr Pixie McKenna, of TVs Embarassing Bodies, cycled in a charity event in June, the Ipswich Cycle Series took over Trinity Park on Wednesday nights over six weeks and Belles on Bikes geared up ladies for a bike event in September.
“As an avid cyclist myself, I always want to promote cycling as an amazing form of exercise, transportation and fun, and these photos will show that you don’t need to be a BMX superstar to enjoy being on a bike.”
• Tip - Panning is a technique I regularly use when photographing cycling. You choose a slow shutter speed and compensate by choosing a smaller aperture to expose the scene correctly. Then you stand parallel to where the cyclists will pass you. Focus on the cyclist as they come in to range, but (and this is very important) don’t hit the shutter button until the cyclist is directly in front of you and then after you hit the button continue to follow the cyclist until he is out of range.
The follow through is also important since you are shooting at such a slow shutter speed that part of the photograph is still being recorded. This takes patience and a lot of practice.
You might get one usable photo out of 20 if you’re lucky but it is worth it when you get one that captures the cyclist’s face while everything else is blurry.