Tom Carnahan  


Cycling Triatholon by Tom Carnahan

July 2021 - Cycling Triatholon

About the Image(s)

St Anthony’s annual Triathlon held in downtown St. Petersburg in early spring. This event hosts approximately 3000 contestants from around the country with substantial prize money. This event provides great access to some very dedicated people.

The picture was taken 8:30 am with 1/2500 speed, f/ 11, focal length at 70mm, and ISO at 320.

Look forward to your critiques.


This round’s discussion is now closed!
11 comments posted




Robert Schleif   Robert Schleif
(Group 42)
I love the intense concentration of the cyclist. I'd prefer that the runner and cyclist in the background not distract my attention on the cyclist. To me, it would help to reduce the complexity of the background by removing the runner and his shadow and the cyclist and convert the blue windows to more wall, and then crop to emphasize the main cyclist.   Posted: 07/02/2021 16:13:59



Jody Coker   Jody Coker
I also love the competitor's expression, but found the background a little distracting.
I selectively lowered the exposure on the background by -1 stop and cropped the image to give her a little more room on the right side. didi a little work on the wall to remove the windows. There is a levels adjustment applied to the ride too.   Posted: 07/02/2021 20:32:28
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Tom Carnahan   Tom Carnahan
Thanks for the comments and critiques. I thought you would comment on the missing wheel section . Used the photo due to the facial expression. Thanks again to both Robert and Jody.   Posted: 07/04/2021 12:59:42



Dorinda Wills   Dorinda Wills
I'm in agreement here with the earlier comments about simplifying the background. The issue you mentioned about the wheels, is not an "issue" for me.   Posted: 07/05/2021 14:52:49



Leonid Shectman   Leonid Shectman
Nice picture, will be much better if the wheels and some of the ground were visible   Posted: 07/05/2021 15:59:38



Stuart Caine   Stuart Caine
(Group 42)

i like the image and the expression on her face, as see peddles on. I do feel the person on the sidewalk and the runner should be removed. The subject is the bike racer.   Posted: 07/07/2021 16:38:43
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Jody Coker   Jody Coker
Don't forget the runner's shadow 😂   Posted: 07/09/2021 07:42:18
Tom Carnahan   Tom Carnahan
Thanks for the need to pay attention to details. Good lesson.   Posted: 07/14/2021 15:31:43



Jon Joyce   Jon Joyce
Great capture, Tom. I love the expression that you have been able to capture on her face. It makes the picture for me. That said, I would have liked to see more of her expression and less of other things that are in this photograph (people, buildings, even some of the bicycle).   Posted: 07/08/2021 15:09:37



Judy Merson   Judy Merson
I agree great expression I would remove the people in background as Stuart did I think you need to crop further up her leg as cropping at the ankle seems awkward If you have one including her feet and the wheels with some road perhaps you could combine them with this image if the others do not have as great a facial expression I think it needs to be straightened a bit I would like to see it with even more motion blur on the background   Posted: 07/08/2021 19:23:21



Jessica Manelis   Jessica Manelis
I think this is a great capture. You can really see the expression on her face and the sweat and you get a sense of how hard she is working. I don't know that I find it necessary to remove the other participants, although I find the other cyclist who overlaps her more distracting than the runner. I think having the runner helps give the image context.   Posted: 07/14/2021 10:50:17