Peggy Reeder  

Ironwoman by Peggy Reeder

October 2019 - Ironwoman

October 2019 - Peggy Reeder


About the Image(s)

This picture was taken during the cycling competition of an Ironman Triathlon. I took a lot of pictures freezing the action, but that was not giving me the results I wanted, so I tried using the technique of panning. I've only tried panning one other time, so this was kind of experimental. The objective was to get horizontal streaks in the background behind the cyclists and have the cyclists be mostly in focus. If you zoom in, you can see that the background is streaky, but I would have preferred it to be more pronounced. My settings were 70mm, f/5.0, 1/125 sec., ISO 320, and I used a monopod. I should have been further back and gone to 200mm. Also I should have used a much slower shutter speed to get more of the horizontal streaking. But this was good practice.

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9 comments posted

Mike Patterson   Mike Patterson
I agree with your assessment. Great action photo but it looks like the trees are moving but the bike rider is standing still.   Posted: 10/07/2019 11:57:02

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Excellent job panning to get the shot. Yes, you can try 1/60 and see if you can pan to capture the cyclist and increase the background blur.
Note that in this image, the cyclist is not quite at the point of maximum speed relative to you--she is still approaching that point, so it is easier to get a shot of her still. You could even try 1/30 from this angle.
Do let us all know how that works out.
Also, see Group 78, Richard Huang, this month, who is working on panning horseback riding, and note that he allowed some blur of the horse and rider, a more complicated situation, since there are multiple motions in equitation.   Posted: 10/07/2019 21:36:36
Peggy Reeder   Peggy Reeder
Thanks Stephen! I have looked at Richard Huang's horseback image, and that was the effect that I was trying for. That is a beautiful picture. I took about 150 shots of this cycling race and was satisfied with only 2 or 3. Obviously this takes a lot of practice. Next time I will try 1/60. I appreciate your input!   Posted: 10/09/2019 03:51:35
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Keep at it! Some situations require hundreds of shots to get a single good one, now possible with our digital cameras. Our digital dialog friends who shoot polo matches often shoot 300 or more and don't get a single good one.   Posted: 10/09/2019 17:55:16

Al Swanson   Al Swanson
Wow! You did an excellent job of panning this image. I have never been very successful at doing that and you got this one tack sharp with the motion blurs exactly right on. I especially appreciated that you were able to isolate this racer and make the image totally about her. In many occasions racers are bunched up and separation is really impossible. Good color contrast and background. Great work.   Posted: 10/11/2019 15:16:55

Jerry Biddlecom   Jerry Biddlecom
I like this very much -- you did a fine job of panning with the rider, and this is no easy feat. There is an alternative, but this would require an enormous amount of patience, and that is to select out the rider and go into the blur tools, and you would have total control over the amount of blur in the background. I've done this on occasion and sometimes you have to zoom way in (almost to pixel level) and go after the details such as hair. In this picture you wouldn't have to go inside the wheels - there's already enough blurring so the you wouldn't notice the difference. Short of that, you did a really great job tackling a difficult process!   Posted: 10/11/2019 19:36:14

Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
Nice job for a first try. I like Jerry's idea for selecting the rider and maybe blurring more of the bike? Panning has never been my forte. Perhaps we could have a panning project for next year?   Posted: 10/12/2019 16:07:04

Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
Peggy, as far as I am concerned, you did an excellent job with this technique. The cyclist is sharp and everything else has just the right amount of blur. Yes, you may be looking for a different effect, but you can and should be proud of this image. Perhaps I would crop just a little more from the right side.   Posted: 10/21/2019 19:41:41

Kaylyn Franks   Kaylyn Franks
As an avid cyclist, I think you did a great job of capturing this cyclist. It sounds like this wasn't quite your vision, but your assessment and input from Steven will get you what you want. i like the background you chose which causes the cyclist to pop. The angle of the road also gives a sense of motion as it heads down to the left of the photo. The spokes of the wheels have a nice blur, but the rider is sharp. The colors of the bike and rider pop with your processing choice. The only thing I suggest is darkening or cloning out the white spots in the right corner and in front of the wheel.   Posted: 10/27/2019 10:33:33