Even a couple days afterwards, I’m still thinking about the Rochester twilight Criterium last Saturday. I’d never been to a cycling race like this before. I wasn’t used to the proximity we had to the racers. Usually when I take my camera to a sporting event… baseball game, say.. I have the monopod and the long lens. I used my wide angle lens all day and never pulled anything else out of my bag. It was physical photography. Crouching and panning felt a little like playing catcher.
Check it out. I got two pan shots of the same cyclist, on the same turn. Whenever I looked up, I saw other photographers doing the same thing. Everyone was trying to get the perfect pan shot. I read on a forum today that the organizers were begging for crowd pictures and atmosphere pictures. Turns out, I should have looked up more often. It’s hard to turn away from the action, but I’ll try to keep it in mind next time.