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Cornering Can Be Dangerous

Last week when I was showing you some of the photos that I took at the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic and I said that I had more.  I realised that the photos that many of you seemed to enjoy the most were the ones of them cornering.  They are probably amongst the hardest to get, and require good panning and a lot of nerve, especially to get really close ones.  Guess what I have for you today?

Coming into the CornerWith this image I was behind a barrier.  It is still scary.  I had the camera almost on the ground through the barrier, and was moving it with the riders.  So I wasn’t looking though the viewfinder.  Ones like these are nearly always done blind, so to speak.  I have been doing them for some time, so I am getting a lot better at getting them in focus.

Another One Coming Into the CornerThis image was done in the same place using the same technique.  I had to use my 18-105mm lens for this, as wide as I could get.

Over the Top

This one was taken from the same corner but this time I was using the 24-70mm lens and I was standing up behind the barrier.  I pan with them until they are in front and then click.

Over the Top AgainSame place and same technique as the previous one.  I love the way they look like they are coming straight at me.  They weren’t of course.  But they are cutting the very sharp corner.  I am very close, so close that I could put my hand out and touch her, not that you should ever, ever do that.  That would be very dangerous.

Up the Other EndAt the end of the course was a corner that did have barriers, but the barriers were back a bit so those with the accreditation vests could get on the corner and take photos without the barriers.  This is one, though it was taken low to the ground, blind, and me panning the camera with the rider.

This is where you really need some nerve.  It would be easy for them to come down.  The biggest problem is that they end up looking a lot closer to you that they actually are, especially if you are using a telephotos lens, or it is deceptive because you don’t realise how close they really are because you are using a wide angle.  You have to stay alert and you have to be ready to run if they come down.

From the Other End AgainHere is another lot going around that same corner.  I was looking though the viewfinder with this one and panning with them.  They go so fast, and you pan, click, go further back, pan, click, you get the idea, well it can make you pretty dizzy turning your head that much.

Coming Our of the CornerThis is one that was taken after they came around the corner and were putting the speed on.  They are also getting ready for the corner that was featured in the first few photos.

I hope you haven’t minded me showing you more of the crit photos.  I have been quite proud of some of them.  I just had to show off some more.


I need to let you know some stuff.

Buy Now

I have included some “buy now” buttons on the page for the Notes I have written for people who want to learn how to use their DSLR, In the Beginning.  I thought it would be easier to purchase them that way rather than having to go to my website.

I have heard back from someone who has read them and she said they were great and helped her to remember a lot about her camera.  That was great to hear.


My copy of Photoshop Elements 11 has finally arrived so I am now ready to start teaching people how to do their editing with it. I am thinking of starting the first class next week on Tuesday at 10am my time, you can use the World Clock Time Zone Converter to help you work out what time that will be in your time zone.  Remember Australia is ahead in time to most other countries, besides New Zealand and a few other places.

There will be more classes announced on the following page.


Part of my Christmas present this year, along with the new monitor was the ColorHug.

The ColorHug is an open source display colorimeter. It allows you to calibrate your screen for accurate color matching.

It arrived not long after Christmas and last weekend I finally got around to playing with it.  It is really easy to use, but I think you need to be using Linux for it to work.  I am just confirming with my husband that that is the case.  Yes you do.  Apparently you can use the live CD and then save your colour profile and use that if you don’t have Linux.

To use it was easy, and it did take some interesting improvisation to hold it against the screen for so long.  You get a little square thing that you have to hold against the screen that creates a colour profile.  You have to hold it there for about 10 minutes.  You also have to hold it still.  We were going to lie the monitor down, but in the end we used tape, a long piece that went from the top of the monitor to the colorhug and then to the bottom.  The tape could not touch the screen.

It is a great little device and not that expensive.  The only problem I had with it, is that the instructions weren’t great for using it to start with.  I don’t know Linux and I didn’t understand a lot of the steps.  It was really confusing.  I am thankful my husband was here and did understand.  He is a programmer and he is the reason I have Linux on my computer.  Perhaps I could make a recommendation to the owners of this great product that I could help them write the how to use it for dummies version.

The end result was good, and I didn’t realise how off the colours were on my monitor.  The screen is quite different.  Though the photos have been turning out really nicely.  My next step is to get some images printed and then compare them with what is on the screen.

It is reasonably priced, which is always a bonus.  The company that produce is fairly small so I wish them all the best for their product.

If you would like to check out the product here is the link, ColorHug.

Nikon Releases

I have received a few press releases from Nikon, it seems that the Nikon 1 J3 and S1 series camera has been refined for high-speed performance.  I didn’t realise that you could get interchangeable lenses for it, and two new ones have been released for it as well.  I might have to check it out for fun.  Apparently there is a new waterproof case for it as well.

Nikon is also launching two new Coolpix S series cameras, the S6500 and the S2700.  If you would like to check them out and see the press releases then please go to your Nikon site.

As An Aside

I don’t know how many of you have seen the news for Australia and the heat wave we have been having, but apparently the bureau has had to come up with some new colours as some parts of the country have hit record temperatures, thankfully not where I live.  In Birdsville, in the outback, they have had temperatures of 50 to 52C, that is 122 to 125.6F.  I couldn’t imagine being in heat like that, you would just melt.  I am so glad I live south.

  1. AiM #

    Love the second last one, great action shot!

    January 9, 2013
  2. Great action shots.

    January 9, 2013
  3. They do look to be running you over, so close. Great photos as always. You are so good! And 125F, wow! Incredibly hot! It’s cool to hear you say you are glad you live south – up here that would mean warmer climates, for you it’s reverse. So cool!

    January 9, 2013
  4. Love these shots, particularly the first photo. If you’d been collected it would have been straight up by a wheel at speed. Looks like it was fun too!

    January 9, 2013
  5. those are some nice shots. Do you sell to bicycling magazines?

    January 9, 2013
    • Thanks, no I don’t they have their own photographers at the events.

      January 9, 2013
      • Definitely don’t want to be in the way of a n out-of control bicycle! I remember, many years ago, I was going around a corner on my bike and I ran into a pile of leaves on the side of the road. I went down on my side under the bike, and together (me and the bike) slid on the ground from one side of the road to the other. I didn’t get too hurt (I was young then), but I was rather embarrassed. Good thing there were no cars coming or any photographers around at the time! 😉

        January 9, 2013
      • they looked like something I would expect to see in my cycling mags.

        January 9, 2013
  6. H.O #

    great work.

    January 9, 2013
  7. Chin #

    The bikes look like they are floating, really nice photos. Chin

    January 9, 2013
  8. The first shot is stunning. Just wow.

    January 9, 2013
  9. Have seen on TV what can happen in cornering … with bikes and if one falls – they ends up in a bunch on top of each other. It looks so hurtful and I bet they feel pain. Cycling is a tough sport and they are not that well protected if they fall off. My pick today is the last photo – like can feel the speed in that photo

    January 9, 2013
  10. calmyourbeans #

    Reblogged this on calmyourbeans.

    January 9, 2013
  11. Some excellent shots in your cycling posts, particularly the cornering ones and where you’ve captured the speed. As a regular football photographer I know how hard it is for anyone to capture the right moments, un(accidently)blurred and decently composed!

    Thanks also for your continued support of

    January 9, 2013
  12. Love the cycling photos !!!

    January 9, 2013
  13. I went and checked out the map when I hears the “New Colors” story, even though I was pretty sure it wouldn’t be you…Whew! 🙂
    What kind of service do you use when you make actual prints? Somewhere local, or one of the online processors?

    January 9, 2013
    • I’m a bit confused Marie, what “New Colours” story. And I’m not sure what you mean about the prints. 🙂 Sorry.

      January 9, 2013
      • The heat wave map – that story was all over the US news yesterday, that it was so hot they had added new colors to the weather map. I was glad to see that YOU weren’t melted into a puddle…

        On the prints: When you make a hard-copy of your images, do you take the electronic file to someone locally, use a home printer, or something else? My mother keeps asking me to send her “real” pictures, not just email the file…
        Sorry if I’m vague this morning…need more coffee 😉

        January 9, 2013
      • NO you aren’t vague, I am, haha, I had forgotten I had put up about the heat. It is pretty amazing. Apparently back in 1960 it did hit 50C.
        I get all my images printed at the same lab when I used to get my films printed. They print the digital files in the same way as photos were printed. It is really good and far more archival that doing them yourself. You have to spend a lot of money on a printer to get it to be archival.

        January 9, 2013
      • You’re lucky to still have that lab. I’ve been searching, and I think I have to go all the way to Boston (2 hours, on a good day, plus time to get lost) for a real photo lab.

        January 9, 2013
      • What about seeing if they will do it online and post prints to you, my lab does that

        January 9, 2013
      • Wiil do – thanks!

        January 9, 2013
  14. The first photo is so ‘close’ that you can see the dirt on the rider’s knees. I saw a cycle photo in our paper this morning and I thought ” Ah, I know how that is done’! Felt good. Glad you are not in the terrible heat of things. Feeling really worried about you guys across the ditch.

    January 9, 2013
  15. wow leanne!! happy new year:) thats a challenge. And an encouragement from your words:”Ones like these are nearly always done blind, so to speak. I have been doing them for some time, so I am getting a lot better at getting them in focus.” God bless you.

    January 9, 2013
  16. wonderful photos…you’ve captured the feeling of speed!

    January 10, 2013
  17. Pat #

    Great action shots!

    January 10, 2013
  18. Leanne your quite brave lol. I’m not much of a bike race enthusiast but your pictures sure make it look cool! 🙂 Great job.

    January 10, 2013
  19. AgaB #

    I have a friend so passionate about biking – he will love this! I wanted to say a personal thanks too. Only on the 2nd day I started my blog, you liked my post and I am so very grateful for this encouragement! Peace.

    January 10, 2013
  20. Very fine shooting, Leanne…love that low angle, which shows every leg muscle working so hard! But, yikes…they take those corners on the very edge of their tires…aren’t there accidents caused by ‘blow outs’? Glad you stayed ‘safe’, as I know (feel?) you are ‘quite daring’ at these races!

    BTW, that type of extended heat and ‘no rain’ condition makes for a greater probability of fires…I’ve seen Tasmania’s results…and hope you are all safe where you are!

    January 10, 2013
  21. Looks more dangerous to you!!

    January 10, 2013
  22. Excellent action shots! And, I hate the corners, too. I’m always afraid my pedal will hit the road.

    January 10, 2013
  23. The shots look great! What gear do you use and the settings?

    January 10, 2013
  24. These images reflect your obvious talents. You mentioned, the other day, that you routinely used fill flash for these … never would have thought of that. Don’t think I’ll ever be into recording sports imagery, but if I do I’ll remember the tip. Also … regarding your ‘response-to-comments’ comment … I’ve never known how you mange to do it all Leanne … run a business (and all it’s various aspects) while taking care of yourself and your family as well. My wife is a Super Woman too – she does it all. Perhaps you two should run for public office! No … both of you are way too SMART for that! D

    January 11, 2013
    • Fill flash is great. Though I think cycling may be the only sport you can use flash with. I am not super woman, I do spend far too much time on my computer, but I am starting to get some work, so hopefully I will be out taking photos a lot more. Something will have to give, I suspect it may be the blog. I will see how I go. Thanks Dave.
      PS how is my new lens going?

      January 11, 2013
      • The bottom line was that the blog was your way of stimulating buzz … and that seems to have been successful and resulted in work that pays. More power to you. You need to set more reasonable goals for yourself and for the blogging. Perhaps you can limit your posts to once or twice a week … accept likes but not comments. If you can continue to offer people help and advice via your good Photoshop tutorials and especially your videos … I think that will suffice to maintain interest among your followers. Looks whose giving advice! What a joke! What do I know? Just seems like common sense.

        With regard to the lens inquiry … take a look at the very first image on my most recent post about the Sheep-to-Shawl contest … the one of the crowd – that was taken at 14 mm. Several of the others were taken with it as well … but I can’t recall which. The lens is really crisp and very fast. I really like it. Several folks had commented that keeping the vast expanse of glass out front was a major drawback … I have found already that if you’re careful it’s not a big deal. Thanks for asking.


        January 11, 2013
      • I enjoy posting each day, that isn’t the problem, but I get so many comments now, and that is becoming hard to keep up with. I like to let people leave comments, but I think responding to comments like “great image” isn’t really necessary all the time, so I have started to leave those. The biggest issue I have is that I do a lot and don’t get any money, and that is the part my husband is complaining about. He wants me to earn a living. Which is fair enough, so I have a few plans, I am starting to get some work outside, and I am planning on starting a newsletter that people can subscribe to if they want. There will be a monthly charge for it, which will mean that I want be giving away so much free information on the blog. It could be a mistake, but I hope some people will subscribe, time will tell.

        I think as long as you are really careful with the lens, you should be fine. Glad to hear how much you like it. I think it is going to be my next one. Though not for some time.

        January 11, 2013
  25. As a recovering bike racer and photographer myself….. Nice work!

    January 12, 2013
    • Thanks Derrick, I gather you came off? I came off once, had my arm in plaster for a few weeks. I haven’t ridden for a few years now.

      January 12, 2013
      • all the time! The nurses at the ER had my file under the front desk, believe it or not. I’m getting back on the bike finally – going to do some triathlons this year. 🙂

        January 13, 2013
  26. WOW! I love the first one sooooo much! That’s crazy how close you got!

    January 12, 2013
  27. petit4chocolatier #

    Congratulations on all your accomplishments!! Great photos! Amazing shots!

    January 12, 2013
  28. These shots really show off your mad skills. Great job.

    January 13, 2013
  29. Wonderful action photos, something I’ve not yet mastered. Thanks for sharing them.

    January 18, 2013
  30. u take absolutely great photos, im impressed 🙂

    January 23, 2013

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