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Thor is one image from a series called The Riders that was exhibited at The Centre for Creative Photography in Adelaide (March 2008) and in 2009 at the Epson Gallery at Photographic Wholesalers in Hutt Street (January 2009) and again in March 2009 in Bellingen, NSW as part of the Sibling Rivalry show.

The Riders series was shot at the Tour Down Under in Adelaide, South Australia.

There’s something about the beefy arms, yellow torso and winged helmet of this rider that reminds me of a B-grade Thor animation from my childhood. Actually I’m probably mixing my gods, the winged helmet probably belongs to a different god, but hey, memories are memories and it’s not as though second rate cartoons are documentaries, hey?

The series were shot on Kodak color infrared film. See the full series

The distinctive colours and grain are characteristic of the film. The motion blur was captured in-camera by using camera panning and slow shutter speeds – ranging between 1/15th and 1/2 second. A 28mm wide angle lens further added to the distortion and impression of speed. The camera was a vintage (early ’80s) Pentax K1000. Digital manipulation was limited to minor contrast correction and dust removal post scanning.

Thor is one of my more popular images on redbubble and passed 500 views in January 2011. 1145 views at 28 February 2013.

Featured in The Best of Redbubble 4 November 2012.

Featured in Pro Peloton Photographers 2009.

Featured in Speed 4 January 2011.

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bicycle, bike, tour down under, motion blur, cycling, riding, infrared, racing, criterium, speed, sport, syd winer, ciclista profesional, cycliste professionnel, radprofi, professionele wielrenner, bicicleta de carreras, v lo de course, radrennsport, wielrennen, racing bicycles, bicicleta, fiets, fahrrad, bicicletta, v los

Jindabyne based graphic designer, cyclist and photographer.
More of my work can be seen at www.winercreative.com.au

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Comments

  • Cathie Tranent
    Cathie Tranentover 5 years ago

    Got your gear ready for next week Syd?

  • Yep, even have some of the discontinued film thawing in the fridge!

    – Syd Winer

  • John Conway
    John Conwayover 5 years ago

    yeah! vibrant and action packed capture

  • Thank you

    – Syd Winer

  • reflexio
    reflexioover 5 years ago

    Hey Syd, took a look at these today, the exhibition looks great. Its good to compare the images we see on our screens with the real thing. They look better in real life. Congrats.

  • Hey, thanks for visiting the show. A large print in a spot lit frame will beat an image on the screen any day.

    – Syd Winer

  • debb
    debbover 5 years ago

    love the movement captured – color – sense of speed – congrats on the featuure :)

  • Thank you Debb

    – Syd Winer

  • Wayne  Pearson
    Wayne Pearsonover 5 years ago

    Great image Syd, I love everything about it. I still prefer film, and I have about 20 rolls of Velvia 50 Fujichrome in my fridge too.

  • Thanks Wayne. The staff where my current exhibition is showing tell me they keep having to answer questions about what (photoshop) filters were used. A: none! And more incredulously how I did the Black & White prints. A: In a darkroom! Sigh. These kids today…. Grumble…

    – Syd Winer

  • linda858100
    linda858100over 5 years ago

    awesome

  • thanks

    – Syd Winer

  • irakperez
    irakperezover 5 years ago

    Your work is perfect man!!! this series is amazing, this shot in particular took me to my teens & early 20’s as a pro rider in Mexico and yes, my heart increased its rate!!!

    Congratulations

  • Thanks Irak – it’s especially enjoyable to get such a response from a ciclista.

    – Syd Winer

  • martinilogic
    martinilogicover 4 years ago

    Awesome capture. certainly deserving a spot in our group as a Featured image. CONGRATULATIONS !

  • Thanks for the feature!

    – Syd Winer

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignover 3 years ago

  • oulgundog
    oulgundogover 3 years ago

  • Thanks for the feature.

    – Syd Winer

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