Penny Farthing race blur by Cecily  Graham

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Canon EOS 500 D, Tamron lend 17-50 mm 1/30 sec, f13, ISO 100

Featured in Bicycle 9th May 2013

The National Australian Penny Farthing Championships are held in Evandale a village in Tasmania every year in February.
It’s a great day out where all levels of both hilarity and seriousness are embraced. The commentators call each race in all seriousness, reserving some humour for the fun events, but when it comes to the main event where the National champion is decided then it’s a race call worthy of Phil Liggett himself.
I love the combination of old bike frames and contemporary race wear.
Some of the bikes are bespoke with their sleek lines and often include modern features such as brakes.

Endlessly fascinated by light.. . . .open to any suggestions for improvement to my work from fellow RBs

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  • Thomas Barker-Detwiler
    Thomas Barker-...over 1 year ago

    GOOD job!

  • Thanks Thomas, my first try at a panning shot. . . . I thought to do this one had to have a slow speed so I set the camera at 1/30sec. . . . .not so apparently. A faster speed would have given me a sharper subject and hopefully still the background blur. However I like this anyway . . thanks so much for your comment :-) Cecily

    – Cecily Graham

  • lumiwa
    lumiwaover 1 year ago

    great capture!

  • Thanks Lumiwa and thanks for the fave :-) Cecily

    – Cecily Graham

  • patcheah
    patcheahover 1 year ago

    I am amazed that he could ride so fast on this bike : ) Nice one.I see what you mean about the vertical blur.
    Great job on your first try of panning.
    Ref my panning effort-Thanks ,now I know it wasn’t something in my camera ( dirt) LOL. I also tried all sorts of settings and was so frustrated. I must google for free panning tutorial on the internet.

  • They DO ride so fast and they do not have brakes . . . there are four tight corners around the centre of the village around which they do many laps and then a long run off after the finish line so that they can slow down . . . . .Cecily

    – Cecily Graham

  • Berns
    Bernsover 1 year ago

    Well, whatever your misgivings, I love it!

  • Thanks Berns . . that’s very encouraging and thanks for the fave :-) Cecily

    – Cecily Graham

  • Thomas Barker-Detwiler
    Thomas Barker-...over 1 year ago

    I think the slight blur to the subject and slight distortion adds greatly to the shot. With out that the cyclist could become to static. Races and parades are great places to try this since there are many opportunities. You don’t have to have a slow speed and sometimes the sharpness helps but in this case, and I think most, it doesn’t. Good fortune with further experiments, Tom

  • Thanks for the great comment Thomas and for the fave. . . . . . . . I quite like the massive wheel wobble on the ‘farthing’ wheel a very much accentuated silly wheel :-) :-) Cecily

    – Cecily Graham

  • Stephen Thomas
    Stephen Thomasover 1 year ago

    Great and interesting photo!

  • Thanks heaps Thomas :-) Cecily

    – Cecily Graham

  • Nikolay Semyonov
    Nikolay Semyonovover 1 year ago

    great shot!

  • Thank you for your comment Nickolay :-) :-) Cecily

    – Cecily Graham

  • carol brandt
    carol brandtover 1 year ago

    Hey I was there last year!! Cracking shot Cecily – well done!

  • Thanks so much Carol . . . I went back through your portfolio to find your penny farthing image . . a lovely journey I might add . . . I was amazed at how much of your work I have enjoyed and favourited along the way :-) :-)

    – Cecily Graham

  • Kasia Nowak
    Kasia Nowakover 1 year ago

    Beautiful blur!

  • Thank you Kasia :-) :-) I need to work on my blur a bit more :-) Cecily

    – Cecily Graham

  • Kasia Nowak
    Kasia Nowakover 1 year ago

    I think it’s already very good! But looking forward to more… :)

  • Thanks so much Kasia . . I have been thinking a lot about black and white lately . . . so I just changed it to B&W . . . much more graphic I think :-) Cecily

    – Cecily Graham

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