2013 UCI World Cyclocross Championships

Discussion in 'Other Genres' started by rnagoda, Feb 4, 2013.

  1. rnagoda

    rnagoda Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jun 12, 2012
    Tucson, AZ
    Robert
    I didn't have time to look through all of the pics I took, but it looks like a few of them came out alright. I was using my GH2 and GX1, with the Rokinon 7.5, and the Panny 20 and 100-300.

    It's a real trick getting these cameras to focus on fast moving objects, but ... that's one of the system trade-offs everybody knows about already and it was interesting to figure it out on the fly (I had only received the 100-300 the day before). I had planned to, and subsequently found myself really wishing I had taken along my 5D3, but in the end I got some pics I was happy with and had fun.

    I know at least one or two other forum folks went out for this event and I saw more m4/3 equipment out there than I had ever seen anywhere, so - let's see 'em!

    Here's a few of mine, I'll add more later ...

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rnagoda/8443949474/" title="Cleaning The Bikes by Robert Nagoda, on Flickr"> 8443949474_ec8f77fe1a_c. "800" height="534" alt="Cleaning The Bikes"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rnagoda/8443948050/" title="U23 Canadian by Robert Nagoda, on Flickr"> 8443948050_6997b7d54f_c. "534" height="800" alt="U23 Canadian"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rnagoda/8443947486/" title="U23 USA by Robert Nagoda, on Flickr"> 8443947486_f129ffcc09_c. "534" height="800" alt="U23 USA"></a>
     
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  2. spatulaboy

    spatulaboy I'm not really here

    Jul 13, 2011
    North Carolina
    Vin
    Great shots, love to see more!
     
  3. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    Cyclocross is for sick/crazy people. In a GOOD way! I played around with cross back when I was riding a lot, but I wasn't into that much pain. Nice shots, particularly the second one...

    -Ray
     
  4. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 13, 2012
    Chicago-area
    David Dornblaser
    Great sport and pics!
     
  5. Indianpeaksjoe

    Indianpeaksjoe Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Oct 1, 2012
    Colorado
    Great shots!

    -Joe
     
  6. thinkcooper

    thinkcooper Mu-43 Veteran

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    Oct 29, 2011
    I have a few friends that were out racing at the event. Mudfest. Sounded like pressure washers and clean pit bikes were key.
     
  7. danska

    danska Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    May 21, 2012
    Portland, OR
    Joe
    Enjoyed these Robert, that looks like a pretty crazy event!
     
  8. rnagoda

    rnagoda Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jun 12, 2012
    Tucson, AZ
    Robert
    Thanks for the kind words, everyone! Here's a few more - all in all I wouldn't call this day a success for picture taking, I definitely had the wrong tools and I hadn't taken the time to learn how to fully utilize the tools I did have. No worries, I'll get it right next time!

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rnagoda/8445389993/" title="2013 UCI World Cyclocross Championships by Robert Nagoda, on Flickr"> 8445389993_63f0c4d675_c. "800" height="534" alt="2013 UCI World Cyclocross Championships"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rnagoda/8445389681/" title="2013 UCI World Cyclocross Championships by Robert Nagoda, on Flickr"> 8445389681_cd52ba05bd_c. "534" height="800" alt="2013 UCI World Cyclocross Championships"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rnagoda/8445389269/" title="2013 UCI World Cyclocross Championships by Robert Nagoda, on Flickr"> 8445389269_2a46f181f6_c. "534" height="800" alt="2013 UCI World Cyclocross Championships"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rnagoda/8445388959/" title="2013 UCI World Cyclocross Championships by Robert Nagoda, on Flickr"> 8445388959_e5fcb09465_c. "534" height="800" alt="2013 UCI World Cyclocross Championships"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rnagoda/8446477816/" title="2013 UCI World Cyclocross Championships by Robert Nagoda, on Flickr"> 8446477816_e384f27c7c_c. "800" height="534" alt="2013 UCI World Cyclocross Championships"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rnagoda/8446477392/" title="2013 UCI World Cyclocross Championships by Robert Nagoda, on Flickr"> 8446477392_451d963354_c. "534" height="800" alt="2013 UCI World Cyclocross Championships"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rnagoda/8446476350/" title="2013 UCI World Cyclocross Championships by Robert Nagoda, on Flickr"> 8446476350_cf11966806_c. "534" height="800" alt="2013 UCI World Cyclocross Championships"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rnagoda/8445384389/" title="2013 UCI World Cyclocross Championships by Robert Nagoda, on Flickr"> 8445384389_880efe5ace_c. "800" height="601" alt="2013 UCI World Cyclocross Championships"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rnagoda/8446472854/" title="2013 UCI World Cyclocross Championships by Robert Nagoda, on Flickr"> 8446472854_94869a5cd5_c. "800" height="601" alt="2013 UCI World Cyclocross Championships"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rnagoda/8446472146/" title="2013 UCI World Cyclocross Championships by Robert Nagoda, on Flickr"> 8446472146_09505c6e70_c. "800" height="601" alt="2013 UCI World Cyclocross Championships"></a>
     
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  9. ean10775

    ean10775 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 31, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Eric
    I too brought tools I knew were going to be a challenge (E-PL1+ VF-2, OM 50mm f1.4 and 135 f2.8/E-P2, Rokinon 7.5mm f3.5), but I didn't want to carry the 5DII and the longest EF lens I have is an 85mm anyway. It was certainly tough using MF for everything, and the E-PL1's buttons froze and stopped working and its LCD started to freeze as well, but all that considered I'm relatively satisfied with what I came home with.

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  10. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 13, 2012
    Chicago-area
    David Dornblaser
    I am surprised to see only one bike with disc brakes after the rule change?
     
  11. rnagoda

    rnagoda Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jun 12, 2012
    Tucson, AZ
    Robert
    Nice shots! That shot of the belgian rider resting on his bike at the top of the hill is great - was that the 135?
     
  12. spatulaboy

    spatulaboy I'm not really here

    Jul 13, 2011
    North Carolina
    Vin
    Nicely done guys. As a mountain biker, I never understood cyclocross. It's like taking a Ferrari off-roading. :confused:
     
  13. ean10775

    ean10775 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 31, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Eric
    There were actually several riders in the elite men's race running discs (all American though from what I recall - namely Johnson, Trebon and Powers). The European guys are all pretty old school and are sticking with cantis for the time being. I don't see them switching any time soon.
     
  14. ean10775

    ean10775 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 31, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Eric
    Yes, that was the 135mm at either f4 or f5.6
     
  15. ean10775

    ean10775 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 31, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Eric
    As a mountain biker you'd probably do quite well in CX. Apart from a big engine, what's most needed are bike handling skills and that's much better developed on a mountain bike than a road bike. Sven Nys (1st photo if mine, who won the race) is a former cross country rider.
     
  16. tradesmith45

    tradesmith45 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 13, 2012
    Oregon
    Frozen Buttons & Screen

    Eric, have you figured out what caused your camera buttons & screen to freeze. Was moisture off your body condensing on the camera & freezing? Is there something unique about the Mu43 cameras that makes them more vulnerable to this than any other DSLR?

    Robert, can you say more about the workflow you developed to be so successful shooting during this event?

    Several years ago, I shot the TDF Prolog using a Hassie X-Pan w/ the 45mm lens & pano mode. I lucked into the best location available to the public on the course. Was able to practice panning using a slow shutter speed w/ the first few riders to get everything worked out. But w/ film had to hope I was actually getting it right. Did get several unique panoramic shots w/ blurred backgrounds & sharp riders.

    So I understand this kind of challenge & love your work. Hope I can learn from your work as well.

    For example, my current frustration w/ manual focus on fast moving subjects (OMD+75-300) is camera shake even w/ IS1 on. I find myself slamming the shutter button as soon as I get the subject in focus out of fear they will quickly be out of focus.
     
  17. ean10775

    ean10775 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 31, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Eric
    I was wearing gloves so I don't think it was moisture from me. It didn't really start snowing until near the end of the final race so I don't think it was that either. Honestly I think it was just the temperature because the camera seems to be working fine again. I don't think its anything specific to m43 though obviously a weather sealed camera (DSLR or m43) would have fared better.
     
  18. alans

    alans Mu-43 Veteran

    340
    Feb 28, 2010
    Actually Nys started off BMX and won a bunch of national titles on BMX before cyclocross. He talks a little about it here

    Great shots everyone! I like a lot of these more than the cyclingnews shots. I worked on Saturday but kept a browser window on the live broadcast during the day.
     
  19. alans

    alans Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 28, 2010
    Were you close to the pits? There's a lot of water spray in the air from the cleaning. Great shots!
     
  20. robin3mj

    robin3mj Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 30, 2012
    Chicago
    Jealous. I had a ticket for both days, then sold it when I had business trips stack up before and after. Seriously thought about sneaking down via car once they pushed everything to Saturday but it'd have been a bit much.

    Watched the elite men's race while on my own indoor trainer. Definitely had a euro look to it that it wouldn't have had if not for the weather. I hope they organizers acquitted themselves well enough for a return engagement to the states before too long.

    Great pics.