competition grin by Lenny La Rue, IPA



Sizing Information

Small 19.2" x 16.4"
Medium 27.3" x 23.4"
Large 38.6" x 33.2"
Note: Includes a 3/16" white border


  • Printed on 185gsm semi gloss poster paper
  • Custom cut to three maximum sizes – A2, A1 & A0
  • 5mm white border to assist in framing
  • Tack them to your bedroom door, or frame

Some guys grimace from the strain. Some seem to love the feel of it. This Sacramento time trial (Prologue) wasn’t long – less than 3 miles – but riding flat out around 30 mph and sometimes against a very strong gust of our first wind storm of the year HAS to hurt. If it didn’t, you wouldn’t be trying as hard as you could. Some of these guys are sprinters and did the entire thing in less than 5 minutes easily. Some flew in at a lot less. But from the faces, you’d never know who was who. Every single one of them gave all he had.

About the shot
Nikon D80
Nikkor 70 – 200 lens
Focal Length: 200mm
f/stop: 5.6
Exposure: 1/320
ISO: 400
Metering mode: Pattern
Exposure program: action/sports
Exposure offset: none
Editing program: PaintShop Pro XI for RB enlargement and cropping
February 14th, 2009 at 2:29pm, L Street (less than a 15 min. walk from my door)

I’m a “scatter-focus” artist. ANYTHING may be here or roundabout my galleries. Expect nothing anywhere and you’ll always be OK. ;-)

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  • CLiPiCs
    CLiPiCsabout 6 years ago

    I love that you weren’t lured into the “Give it some blur” that so many people fall into, to freeze the rider like this is really cool

    well done Lenny

    wait . . . . . not a gag in sight I must be slipping !

    Love ‘N’ Laughter


  • Funny you should mention that blur thing… This shot doesn’t show it much but the sunlight was being completely uncooperative with all concerned. Between the changing direction of the wind gusts (up to 20mph or so) and the passing storm clouds (Almost all the rain missed us), the lighting changed in less time than a camera could make a reading and take a shot. Add in cyclists accelerating towards you approaching 30mph, and you’ve got something like a random strobe light aimed at your camera. I just watched my display thru the viewfinder and it made me dizzy from all the changes that were actually too late by the time they were made. Not one of the control settings (Program, Aperture, or Shutter priority) worked consistently and flipping between them or making the changes yourself on Manual was totally impossible. Add ISO flying all over the place and even bracketing was useless.

    Fortunately, I recognized all this a couple hours before the race started thanks to my connection with the press pass hiring me to freelance. I both got into the box to find it was useless (unless you were filming the big screen TV in it) and onto the course (where things were not good but infinitely better than anywhere else, tho still iffy). I gave up on everything but locking the camera of the action/sports setting and tried to see what filters would even things out the best. None worked as well as the camera guessing location with the dynamic focus zone setting on. Not a single one of us that I could see even tried to do anything else. The huge lenses didn’t help them get better shots than mine and their camera’s with 1/8000 shutter speed couldn’t freeze the action any better than mine either. But freezing the action was the ONLY choice and I would have done some both ways if possible. LOL!

    Something I didn’t know but found it quickly was that it ALWAYS stops the action. I panned a 30 mph bike to 90% or right beside me and got shots most of the time. But even the backgrounds didn’t blur and I was swinging around fast enough to swing my badge sideways. Shooting the birds in the park had so much more motion blur around the subject that I was thrilled. Now I know I can lose ALL of it if I want and get it right back if the lighting stays even. I almost tried trap focusing (no pun intended) but you only get one shot and I wasn’t going to trust the camera to be perfect every time.

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • CLiPiCs
    CLiPiCsabout 6 years ago
    “Give it some blur” trap Doh !
  • Like, I knew what you meant. DOH!!! :-D

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • CraigsMom
    CraigsMomabout 6 years ago

    Great job, Lenny!!!

  • Thank you!

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • E.R. Bazor
    E.R. Bazorabout 6 years ago

    Great shot Lenny!

  • Thank you much!

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • ericseyes
    ericseyesabout 6 years ago

    Great shot, good focus on the cyclist.

  • Lenny La Rue, IPA
    Lenny La Rue, IPAabout 6 years ago

    Thanks and you have finally mentioned the one thing I was going to avoid unless someone asked. While trying to lock the dynamic focus setting with the spot focus location, I made a very serious error. My focus box was one bubble to the left for about 30 minutes before I got it corrected and ALL of those distance shots were incredible shots of people picking their noses, talking on the phone, watching the rider’s butt, etc. If I had been shooting a commercial for CocaCola, I would have nailed the action and got the AMGEN cyclist in gentle out-of-focus blur instead of motion blur. I caught the mistake in less than 5 minutes because I really do look at the displays in the viewfinder while locking the composition in the centre bubble. But I had less than 60 seconds to make the change and test it before the next rider came by. It was only after I got home that I realized I could have dealt with it a lot easier by aiming “off” and using the selected bubble as the focus centre. DOH!

    Yet another one of those learn as you go lessons and one I never read about in the books. I fixed the zoning sync after about 30 minutes of 15 second intervals when I wasn’t aiming badly at yet another face in the crowd. LOL!

  • E.R. Bazor
    E.R. Bazorabout 6 years ago

    Excellent photo!

  • I thank you very much! I feel like I “got the shot” in extremely interesting conditions. :-D

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • BarbL
    BarbLabout 6 years ago

    Wonderful image of that “show of determination” …well done!

  • Thank you and I think that’s exactly what we see. ;-)

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • Rosemaree
    Rosemareeabout 6 years ago

    Well as long as you learned something Lenny. It is a great image. well done

  • Thank you and OH! Did I learn! Woo hoo!

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • taiche
    taicheabout 6 years ago

    Excellent shot – your ability to be at the right place at the right time is admirable and your efforts mark you as a mentor. Well done on all counts!

  • I’m really hoping this makes it into Photography 101 before I jettison almost all groups to save my Bmail. I think it was a bit educational, the entire experience. But the ‘dirt level’ of this shot and the nailed focus show off what a rookie can do with a good but ‘prosumer’ camera.

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

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