Most of the cycling photography I've done this year has been outdoors. Most of that has been at velodromes - Reading, Welwyn, Herne Hill and Halesowen - but I've taken a few shots at time trials and road races (or, at least, circuit races).
Mostly with lots of light and lots of options to move around.
Tomorrow, though, I'm off to Newport for the final day of the British Cycling Youth Track Championships and, frankly, I'm not looking forward to it.
So far I have only had two attempts at shooting indoor cycling. The first was at Calshot, but was with my old 'point and shoot' Panasonic DMC-FZ10. It didn't go well because I wasn't happy using a flash in that environment and the camera just wasn't up to the job of shooting in available light.
The second was at Manchester at the British round of the Track World Cup. It went better, but it was pretty much my first time out with the D70 and I had a couple of problems.
I naively thought that auto ISO would be a good idea. It wasn't - everything ended up being shot at ISO 1600 and was hopelessly grainy. And I thought my Tamron 28-300 Di lens would be a good idea. It wasn't - it needed so much light that it was forcing Auto ISO to 1600 all the time... The few good shots I got were taken with the 'kit' 18-70.
This time I'm hoping for better results. I have 6 months more experience and a Nikkor f2.8 lens, both of which will help. I'm also much more confident about using flash without blinding the riders, although I really do need to fork out for the dedicated Nikon SB-800 Speedlight flash soon. I also have my 'antique' 50mm f1.8 which embarasses my kids but might be quite good fun.
I'm away for most of the weekend, so it's unlikely the results will be posted before the middle of next week - I have a Reading Track League to shoot on Monday and the final Hillingdon Tuesday night circuit race of the year the night after. But once they are up I'd really appreciate any feedback you might have. And if you want to buy some photos, it'll help fund that SB-800... :)
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