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Salem Witches Cup

August 09, 2012

Yesterday I traveled up to Salem, MA to take in some fantastic cycling races around the Salem Common. The Salem Witches Cup is a criterium or crit race which involves a closed course where cyclists travel the same short loop many times, in the case the Salem Common. Being as this was only my second outing at photographing a bike race, I was excited to get back to applying what I have learned in other areas of photography to my other passion, cycling.

While obviously one tries to watch the race and capture events as everyone else sees them, the creative side of me tries to apply techniques I have picked up in other areas of photography. Here I use the panning technique to blur the background as one of the riders has broken away from the group.

A criterium race like this affords you many opportunities to try different things.  The riders are not going anywhere except around and around, but at very high speeds. The important thing no matter what your interests in photography is t get out there and shoot. Experiment, fail, try again.  This is the only way we improve at our craft, whether it is photography or cycling.