Not every photo looks like this

Everywhere – the misses in cycling photography.

Not every photo looks like this
Not every photo looks like this

 

One of the bonuses of taking your camera and long lens to a sporting event is that athletes don’t mind having their picture taken. Or they are so focused that they don’t notice. It is possible, I guess, that they don’t want their picture taken but they are too busy trying to win to ask people not to.

Either way if you are interested in taking photos of people, athletes are the most accommodating option.

So with my camera set to high speed multi-shot I go along to events and take masses pictures. Sometimes I come home, upload them and there are literally hundreds. But only the best, once tweaked and touched up make it onto this blog.

But today I’m showing off some of my misses. The photos I envisaged taking before the event but even with careful planning failed.

 

How did I manage to stuff this up this badly?
How did I manage to stuff this up this badly?

 

On the final day of the Tour Down Under in Adelaide I tried a technique that I thought I had mastered a few years earlier at the same event. This is the result. I’ve had a soft spot for Geraint Thomas since this post a few years ago and my failure to capture this shot because he was in it makes it even more depressing.

 

Chris, no one cares if your nails are clean today.
Chris, no one cares if your nails are clean today.

 

This photo is one of my most disappointing misses. We watched 6 stages of the 100th Tour De France in 2013 and this is the only shot that I captured of the winner Chris Froome. On his triumphant roll into Paris I captured the moment he checked to see if his fingernails were clean.

 

Then there are the shots that would have been great if not for the other annoying photographers around me.

 

Hey I traveled from the other side of the world to take this picture!
Hey I traveled from the other side of the world to take this picture!

 

Why don’t they move? Can’t they see that I’m trying to take photos?

Don't you know that my photo is more important than your photo?
Don’t you know that my photo is more important than your photo?

 

 

 

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