San Francisco Twilight Criterium

Saturday night I shot the San Francisco Twilight Criterium, a bike race in the city that went from 5pm to after 9pm. The first run was Men’s Amateurs, followed by a Children’s “race”, then the Women’s Pro and finally Men’s Pro. Shooting a bike race at night certainly has its challenges, beyond the obvious “it’s dark out there!”. There were flood lights around the course, providing hot-spots of light at each turn and about mid-way down each straight. However the lights were pointed at the riders’ backs, so as not to blind them of course—but which happens to be very inconvenient for photography!

The gallery has a TON of photos posted; these are all available for the riders so basically anything that’s in focus went online. I like the idea that in some photos, the only face in focus in the middle of a big pack is “Bob”, and when “Bob” finds that photo, he’ll be able to show it off as if the image is all about him. Which of course, it is ;-)


Just one of my favorites from each segment here (I’m obviously keen on the dynamic blurred action shots), and the full 820 (out of 2687 shot—yeah, there’s a lot of throw-away in a shoot like this!) are all on the gallery.


Men's Professional, San Francisco Twilight Criterium 2008



Women's Professional, San Francisco Twilight Criterium 2008

 











Children's



 






 



Men's Amateur, San Francisco Twilight Criterium 2008

 





Men's Pro Winner, San Francisco Twilight Criterium 2008

 






 



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Canon EOS-1D Mark III baseball results



[gallery] I learned a few things about the camera and about shooting baseball (not something I've done before)…





  1. The camera is pretty impressive. It maintained focus very well, even doing a good job tracking runners coming almost straight towards me. Obviously it lost a few, but for the most part it did a good job.


  2. I know this camera is getting panned for not focusing well in low light, but frankly how many sporting events are shot in low light? Baseball is fast. Really fast. Even shooting at 10fps, there are many sequences of shots where I have to think to myself… what happened to the ball??


  3. The camera isn't forgiving on overexposed highlights, even shooting RAW. My best exposures are the darker ones. Seems like it might be a better idea to shoot a bit underexposed and lift in Aperture. Which is nice for sports frankly; you'll gain a bit of shutter speed.


  4. I need to go out and shoot another game!






Check out that bat!

Here is a small [gallery]

RAAM (Race Across America)


I was invited to join the all diabetic race team, Team Type 1, on the (bicycle!) Race Across America. One of my best friends in the world was on the team, Steve Holmes, so of course I couldn't say no. It was one of the most intense, grueling, and fun shooting events of my life, and one that has proved to have kicked my ass back into photography. I blogged the entire trip extensively (70-something entries if I recall), had over 20,000 hits to the website, and shot thousands of pictures. If you have any interest in bicycle racing, the dedication of diabetics, or just plain ol' cross-country adventures, I encourage you to open a bottle of wine and come along for the ride. It's a good, long read, and a lot of fun. (Gallery)

San Jose Grand Prix



With full pit access, shooting the San Jose's first Grand Prix was a hell of a lot of fun. I got close. Real close. The roar of engines was deafening, the smell of oil pungent, and the heat of the sun and cars unbearable. In short… it was fantastic! The gallery is here.