Word Press Photo Challenge: “Summer.”
With this week’s photo challenge being “Summer” my first and only thought was the upcoming 2012 “Tour de France.” I love to cycle and started about 12 years ago. I ride almost everyday and the longest ride on a single day was 110 miles. The most beautiful ride was cycling the back roads from Seattle, Washington to Bellingham, Washington and then on to Vancouver, BC. It was sponsored by the Cascade Bike Club and called the “RSVP.”
Le Tour de France
Hands down the “Tour” is the most demanding sport around. Three weeks of cycling, average speed is about 25mph, and average riding distance per stage is between 105 miles and 144 miles. Don’t forget the numerous mountain stages where they finish the stage climbing up to a mountain ski resort with an average uphill grade of 8 percent! Total distance of the three week “Tour” is over 2,100 miles.
The closest comparison sport to the Tour de France would be this: Each day of the “Tour” is like running an individual marathon. Riders perform back-to-back marathons for three weeks with only 2 rest days! Mountain stages! Times trials where they go all out! How they recover after each stage and go out and do it again day after day… My-oh-my!
Tour de France Celebration Images
So in celebration of “Summer” and the upcoming Tour de France in July 2012 here are a series of cycling black and white close-up images shot with my Nikon D300. The orginal color image was converted to black and white using Nik Software plug-in “Silver Efex Pro.”
This first image was shot hand-held using my 18mm-200mm lens at f/11. Using an f/stop between 9-11 usually creates the sharpest image. I focused on the word “Shimano” and I wanted just enough depth of field as to outline, but no completely blurr the other chainring.
With this shot, I placed my Nikon D300 on a tripod using my Tamron 90mm macro lens. I switched off the 18mm-200mm lens because the macro lens allows me much better control of the depth of field. I focused on the rear cluster using f/3.1. I wanted the front “crank” and chain to blur in order to have the viewer focus on the rear cluster, but still leaving the viewer with the knowledge that this image is of a bike.
This final image was shot using my Tamron 90mm macro lens at f/3.5. Thank you for viewing my images for the Word Press Photo Challenge: Summer.