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Old 04-25-05, 11:03 PM   #1
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Tour de Georgia Photos and Lance story...

Here are mine from Wednesday (pm) to Friday (am). They are in no order.

BTW the photos of Lance signing the autograph comes with a great story. While he was waiting tied in by the yellow ropes to start the Dalton stage, there was a young boy with his mother behind me. With the crowd being four or five deep the little boy couldn't see, so the mother tapped me on the shoulder and asked me if I could let him up in front of me. Of course I wasn't going to deny this fan a chance to see Lance. Once the young boy got in front of me, he whipped out an brand new autograph book and his sharpie, and turned and looked at me and said I want his autograph. I finally got Lance's attention and while he was behind the ropes he said he couldn't get over. I thought oh well that's it, this kids going home without a signature. Once they let the ropes down, Lance pulled in front of Floyd and another rider to swing over and sign the child's book. He shoke my hand (supposing I was the father I guess) and I said thank you!

Man, this made my day! The boy didn't even hang around to watch the start he was off to the back to his mother screaming, "I got his autograph mama!" Whew, I had tears in my eyes.

Well that's my Lance story. Stand up guy.

Here's the pictures.

http://www.brandsouldesign.com/Gallery/tourdegeorgia/
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Old 04-25-05, 11:49 PM   #2
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Its great that the pro's still have touch with the little man. Its great you got to meet him I have always wanted to and hope to this year when I go to the Ride for the Roses in Austin. Maybe when I get back from that I will have a story for ya.
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great story ,i always thought he was a class act
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I wonder if that one Discovery Channel dude can find uglier glasses? I don't think so.

Is that Lance's leg?

Super story!
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Yes that is Lance's leg. A female friend of mine just marvels over the fact that these guys are great shape and she requested a picture of his calf. Too funny.
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Nice job on the pix!
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That pic of the guy on the TT bike (with the motion blur) is one of the sweetest cycling pics I have ever seen.

http://www.brandsouldesign.com/Galle...a%20rider.html
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That pic of the guy on the TT bike (with the motion blur) is one of the sweetest cycling pics I have ever seen.

http://www.brandsouldesign.com/Galle...a%20rider.html

you beat me to it. i was just going to say that after looking through the pics myself. great job on that one! it could easily be a poster.
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Great pictures! I really like the ones where you keep the cyclist in focus while the background blurs out. Gives a terrific impression of the speed these guys are moving at. I've tried to do this sort of thing myself, but I don't have a steady enough hand.
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OT but same impact...I was at a Dallas Stars playoff game once upon a time, with seats right off the glass by the visitor's bench. During the entire warmup time, these three young kids in front of me held up homemade signs and relentlessly bagged on Colorado's Joe Sakic whenever he skated by. Just before the puck was dropped to start the game, Sakic skated over and tossed each of them a game puck and said as he did, "You guys are some great fans." The kids couldn't believe it. To me that kind of attention to fans, especially the young ones, is the mark of the real pros.

Great photos and story about Lance. Thanks for sharing them with the rest of us crosscut!
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I wonder if that one Discovery Channel dude can find uglier glasses? I don't think so.
You better take that back, man. That's my Canadian homeboy Michael Barry ('s glasses) you're talkin' aboot.



Good story, crosscut. Thanks for the pics!
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Nice pics. Can someone tell me what the podium kissing protocal was at the TDG? Did the girls give the traditional two or three cheek kiss?
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The only time I saw them, they both kissed simultaneously. One cheek each.

They were great girls, by the way. Totally into it. Very respectful of the sport.
Next year, we'll get them dresses that allow them to breathe.
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you beat me to it. i was just going to say that after looking through the pics myself. great job on that one! it could easily be a poster.
Makes a nice computer wallpaper on the 'stretch' setting.

Come you come to my next race and take cool pictures of me like that?!
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The only time I saw them, they both kissed simultaneously. One cheek each.

They were great girls, by the way. Totally into it. Very respectful of the sport.
Next year, we'll get them dresses that allow them to breathe.
I vote for keeping the dresses!

Great pics.
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That pic of the guy on the TT bike (with the motion blur) is one of the sweetest cycling pics I have ever seen.

http://www.brandsouldesign.com/Galle...a%20rider.html
Very nice pic. Just wondering, how do you get the subject in focus with the background blurred like that? I've been trying to figure it out but am just venturing into some photography and don't have a clue how to. Is it a preset focus distance or a high aperature? Thanks Nice work, your pictures are well done.
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Hey man, Kudos on those pics. Did you do some photoshop stuff on that one TT image where the background is all desaturated but the rider is still in vivid color? Beautiful image.

You have a great sense of composition. I really enjoy a lot of the pre-race images of the riders too, we don't get to see there personalities very often, its a nice change.

Good job!
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yes please crosscut,

make a few of those wallpapers - the bigger the better!
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Very nice pic. Just wondering, how do you get the subject in focus with the background blurred like that? I've been trying to figure it out but am just venturing into some photography and don't have a clue how to. Is it a preset focus distance or a high aperature? Thanks Nice work, your pictures are well done.

You can use a telephoto lens (usually works best with this too) that has an extremely low aperture opening time (I think that is it--the shutter won't be open very long at all). This allows the camera only to focus on the largest, closest image in the scene, and this will cause the background to be unfocused and "blurred". Its a great effect for fast moving sports though. The pics look great crosscut!!
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You can use a telephoto lens (usually works best with this too) that has an extremely low aperture opening time (I think that is it--the shutter won't be open very long at all). This allows the camera only to focus on the largest, closest image in the scene, and this will cause the background to be unfocused and "blurred". Its a great effect for fast moving sports though. The pics look great crosscut!!
I don't think that's how it's done. I think what he does is follow the cyclist with the camera as he goes by, which makes the background blur from the movement while the cyclist stays in focus. Difficult to do well like it has been done here.

Where's the original poster to tell us how it's done? Great pics man, share the secret please?
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No, the only way to blur the background with motion is to pan with the subject AT THE SAME SPEED. That keeps the film/subject relationship constant.
The trick is use a slightly slower shutter speed and to start your move BEFORE you pull the trigger.
Practice with cars on the road in front of your house.

Aperature, as it relates to focus, controls depth of field. On semi-automatic cameras, it also affects shutter speed.

If you select the largest aperature (i.e. f1.4 or f2.8) you may force your camera to choose a faster shutter speed which may freeze the action/lose the blur.
On most point-and-shoot digital cameras, you don't have a choice.

Here's an example from the 1989 Tour de Trump:
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Here was my best effort on that effect at a race last year...It's the opposite effect of moving the camera with the subject. In this case, hold it steady and the stuff flying by gets blurred....kinda cool too...
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No, the only way to blur the background with motion is to pan with the subject AT THE SAME SPEED. That keeps the film/subject relationship constant.
The trick is use a slightly slower shutter speed and to start your move BEFORE you pull the trigger.
Practice with cars on the road in front of your house.

Aperature, as it relates to focus, controls depth of field.
This description is spot on. The idea of using aperature (which varies the size of the opening in the shutter, not the time it is open) determines how much of the image will be in focus even if everything is sitting still. A good example in his slideshow of how to use depth of field to blur out unwanted background clutter is:



Notice how the crowd in the background is blurry, so they don't become too much of a distraction from the focal point of the image.
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LPR - Lithuanian Public Radio.

(I know I know, they make high end brakes. But it was more fun for us to make something up.)

BTW, these guys were kissing all the girls at the post race party.
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Funny you said that, at the olympics in 1996, the Lithuanian wrestling team was out in buckhead (bar and club area) chasing girls while while wearing sweat pants, their medals and nothing else. There were also a lot of drunk people fighting, who didn't speak the same language. i almost had enough photos to do an expose' on the "Olympic Spirit"

The whole LPR team is Italian no?
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