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Old 02-25-08, 01:40 AM
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For $10k as a first prize, Levi (or cyclists in general) is certainly not in it for the money... To finish 100+ miles in a 7-hr freezing downpour rainy condition (per day) definitely takes devotion and love for the sport.
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Originally Posted by Wkend_Warrior View Post
For $10k as a first prize, Levi (or cyclists in general) is certainly not in it for the money... To finish 100+ miles in a 7-hr freezing downpour rainy condition (per day) definitely takes devotion and love for the sport.
umm yeah thats just a bonus that gets split between the team. they race to race..
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OH MY GOD. my friend fletcher and i saw those r&r girls walking around and we were fawning over them. they were so f'ing hot, we couldn't get over it. srsly.
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Here are a few pics from the start and then I drove up to Mill Creek Summit, it was fricking cold up there. The wind chill made it feel like it was 10-20 degrees cooler.

Sorry for the size of the pics, I resized them in photobucket and they still display huge. Anyone know how to crop the width down?














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Old 02-25-08, 03:26 PM
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Here are my pix from stage 7:


George in the chase.


Tom Zirbel. Very nice break-away. He is starting to tire...


The Tornado and the Cricket


Super Mario

More pix here: http://minkim.com/fandf/gallery/view...lbumName=TOC08
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wow those are really nice pics. good angle
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Originally Posted by CEE View Post
wow those are really nice pics. good angle
+1 - in one of them, it looks like you were standing on the road by the curb!
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Old 02-25-08, 04:01 PM
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I only wish there was some type of collaborative web site, where we could upload our photos, and we could see all the great photos in one place. They used to have Grassy Knoll that would do that, but none this year.
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Old 02-25-08, 05:18 PM
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nikoncmk, we must have been right next to each other. Here is a shot of Tom Zirbel, for example.

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Originally Posted by spingineer View Post
I only wish there was some type of collaborative web site, where we could upload our photos, and we could see all the great photos in one place. They used to have Grassy Knoll that would do that, but none this year.
There a site like that, and has been in operation for years..

look here:

http://www.steephill.tv/tour-of-california/
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nikoncmk, we must have been right next to each other. Here is a shot of Tom Zirbel, for example.
is this you? If so, I think I have about 50 pics with you in the frame

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Old 02-25-08, 08:52 PM
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Hi,

A few from me:


My wife and Chris (from PAA -- no not bitingduck) waiting in the rain to do our course marshal thing. We were at the intersection of Berkshire Road and Berkshire Place.


Part of the break going past our marshal position. I was standing in front of a line of cars on Berkshire place when the race went by. The first car in line was limousine and the driver said that he had to pick someone up to go to the Kodak Theater (Academy Awards) -- oh well.


The Astana led peloton splashes down the hill.

Basically, my photos were pretty bad because it was so dark when the race came through. If they had been more on schedule it would have been less wet and I would have been able to get better shots.

Overall, it was a less than satisfying course marshal experience. I'll be sending some lesson-learned to the local organizers in Pasadena and the overal ToC organization.
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Cleave, from the ones you posted, they're very good. The lack of light made you open up the lens which reduced the depth of field giving more perception of distance, rather than everything being tack sharp. That helps isolate the subject matter, basically your lead riders. Quite nice actually.
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Cleave, from the ones you posted, they're very good. The lack of light made you open up the lens which reduced the depth of field giving more perception of distance, rather than everything being tack sharp. That helps isolate the subject matter, basically your lead riders. Quite nice actually.
Hi,

Thanks for the kind words.

I generally shoot long focal lengths at fairly wide apertures, but even wide open and at ISO 800 (not so good on my E-1), I was hand holding almost 500mm at 1/250 sec. The two shots that I posted were the only ones that were reasonably sharp. A lot of post processing in Photoshop to get what I got.

Of course, where I was standing, the race only went by once.
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Originally Posted by 53x11 View Post
There a site like that, and has been in operation for years..

look here:

http://www.steephill.tv/tour-of-california/
Yes, I am aware of this. But the Grassy Knoll project will not be available for 2008 Tour of California.
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I understand completely. Long lenses compress the field inherently. I was just up the road at Commonwealth and Berkshire, so yes, you only get one chance.
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Originally Posted by nikoncmk View Post
is this you? If so, I think I have about 50 pics with you in the frame.
yes. Sorry for being in your way, I eventually moved a bit farther down the hill.
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nice pics but took me awhile to get down to the reply box thanks for sharing.
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Originally Posted by spingineer View Post
Yes, I am aware of this. But the Grassy Knoll project will not be available for 2008 Tour of California.


I think they have plenty of pics,, do you know why it was not avail?
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here are not-so-great photos. [I forgot my camera and ended up gett'n a disposable one]
Recognize anyone??





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[QUOTE=Wkend_Warrior;6238398]here are not-so-great photos. [I forgot my camera and ended up gett'n a disposable one]
Recognize anyone??
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Stage 5, Stage 6, Stage 7



















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Great photos, UMD.
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UMD,
great photo...were the pictures photoshop? If so, how long does its take you?
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