Wednesday, June 4, 2008

CSC Invitational

The CSC Invitational, organized by Rob Laybourn's Arlington Sports, has gained marquee status.  Every year, it grows larger, attracting higher levels of competition and talent.  In 2008, there were world champions, Paris-Roubaix champions, Olympians, top amateurs, teams that will compete in the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia.  World press.  A great show.  Laybourn almost singlehandedly has made Arlington a world-class cycling venue.

At the June 1 races, weather was great for picture taking, cycling and sunburn. Took about 2,000 images and published a few hundred to the web -- one collection for the amateur, women's pro and kid races, and another for the 100 Km men's pro race.  Shooting was pretty good.  I experimented a bit with manual focus and got some nice split-second shots of racers cutting a corner quite close.  Most shots were about F8, 1/1250 and ISO 400 or 800.  Crowd candids about 1/320.

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