El Tour de Tucson

Discussion in 'Other Genres' started by SpaceManSpiff, Nov 28, 2014.

  1. SpaceManSpiff

    SpaceManSpiff TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Dec 13, 2013
    Tucson, AZ
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    I volunteered to help the organizers of El Tour de Tucson photograph their event. This is a large (9,000+ cyclist) event that raises money and awareness for various causes. It was a good exercise for me to get out of my comfort zone and do something I ordinarily wouldn't do.

    The first session was the dedication ceremony, which was a pretty formal affair held in a giant hall of a casino with dim and uneven lighting. The lighting was tough and pushed the limits of the NEX-6. This years event was dedicated to these two local cyclists who were struck by a car, and after serious rehabilitation, started a cyclist awareness foundation.

    The Expo was another big hall (but much brighter and more even lighting) where riders picked up their information and could look at offering from different booths.

    Yeah, there were lots of cyclists signed up.

    I spent a considerable amount of time photographing different booths and interactions with entrants...but my favorite booth was the Calfee booth with their stunning carbon fiber bikes.
    I made an attempt a quick booth portrait of the friendly and Calfee staff.

    People get a spot early for the century (100 mile) ride.

    The low light at race start (7am) was a challenge...but I managed to get one my favorite shots of the year.

    I like this one also

    A measly 4h and 7 minutes later, the winner finished the 103.5 mile course

    well ahead of the Peleton

    It was fascinating to watch the finishers-- some looked like they had just ridden around the block, while others wept or shivered uncontrollably. 2,400 riders finished the 100+mile ride, some 6 hours after the winner finished the race.

    As exciting as the century ride was, the 11-mile fun ride (Children and Special Olympics event ) was more fun to cover...and doesn't get the attention it deserves.


    The finish line was a big smile factory


    It was an intense weekend, but I would like to do it again.
    Thanks for looking!
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  2. chrid

    chrid Super Noob

    May 5, 2014
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    Number 4 and 5 are killer !
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  3. teddoman

    teddoman TalkEmount Regular

    Nov 18, 2014
    Amazing how even the light is at the 7 am start. Great shot.The one after it with that bicyclist frozen in motion is fantastic too.
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  4. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
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    Nice series!!! And I agree - #5 is a fantastic shot :thumbup:
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  5. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
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    Great write up and event. :)
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  6. DigitalD

    DigitalD TalkEmount Veteran

    Mar 2, 2014
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    David K Fonseca
    Nice set! I love #4 but they are all really good.
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  7. SpaceManSpiff

    SpaceManSpiff TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Dec 13, 2013
    Tucson, AZ
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    Thanks Guys! These are my two favorites as well.
    Unlike the later action shots, I was sort of in my zone for the 'waiting in the dark' shot --I did a bit of night photography this summer and used some of my tricks to get that shot (I had the camera on the tripod raised above my head with steady-shot turned onto get the perspective I wanted). This group were the slightly less fanatical group as they started queuing at 6am versus the people closer to the starting line who had been there since 3am. The top riders who had previously finished a century under 5 hours got a special place in the very front.

    For the 'rider frozen in motion' it was lucky that there was no direct sunlight yet, as the sun/vs shadow portions were difficult to expose well (like in the later fun ride shots).
  8. fractal

    fractal TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 17, 2014
    Southeastern PA
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    Nice shots - great job panning!
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