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Sram Queensland CX Round 1 2017

Colin
May 17, 2017

Cyclocross season is upon us, and here in Queensland, it kicked off with a night race at the Old Chandler Velodrome. As usual, it was serious without being too serious, and the organisers created quite an ultimatum for the racers. Either, you had to wear a costume or complete a ‘special task’ during one of the laps in the seeding race. This ‘special task’, was to pull into the pit, take your front wheel off, eat a doughnut, spin around, and fit your front wheel and get back to the race.

There was also a four-man relay where the baton was actually a funny helmet cover which needed to be transferred between team members after each lap Needless to say, there were Shenanigans.

Shenanigans ensued.

Being that it was dark, I saw this a perfect opportunity to set up a few flash traps, where essentially you point to flashes at each other and when a rider comes through, BANG! It gives you that ‘in the studio’ look without being anywhere near a seamless backdrop or cranky studio managers that dislike fun things like mud, dust and knobby tires.

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National Cyclocross Series Round 1

Colin
July 6, 2016

The National Cyclocross series came to town last weekend, and finally we had a dry fast course.

Cyclocross brings a great crowd of racers and with it a unique challenge shooting the race. Unlike most cycling events, it’s not held on a quiet roads meandering through scenic countryside, or single track snaking through a national forest. Instead cross racing is done at your run of the mill suburban park.

This means there’s toilet blocks, picnic tables, and a jungle gym is usually right in the background where all the action is happening, so positioning yourself in a way to avoid capturing these is paramount. As the races are also usually held in the late afternoon you get that beautiful afternoon ‘hero’ light.

I’ve really been enjoying my Canon 8-15 Fisheye lens, and I used this opportunity to really put it through its paces.

Check out the gallery below, prints and digital downloads are available

 

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SRAM Focus Queensland Cyclocross Round 1

Colin
June 20, 2016

Cyclocross and rain go together like macaroni and cheese. They’re both great on their own, but when you combine them it’s so much more fun.

I wanted to get out and practice some off camera flash, and with very flat light it was the perfect opportunity. I’ve been getting into a bad habit of using too many lights so I set a challenge for myself to use a single speedlight to get my desired look.

Unfortunately still being quite new to the area I got lost on my way in, and missed most of the B grade race. Being so behind I also didn’t have a chance to go for a walk around the course before the race started but I did manage to find the mud pit, which is where all the action was happening anyway.

 Just as I got my first speedlight set up, the rain began to fall. Light rain turned into heavy precipitation, and then an absolute deluge! Everything was getting wet, and it was damn near impossible to keep water off the front element of my lens.

I did have my rain gear and all my equipment in storm shields, but unfortunately my camera gave me the, “please take me out of the rain or I’m going to make a large withdrawal from your bank account” warning, so I had to seek cover and to save my camera I wasn’t able to stick around for the whole race

Lucky after spending the night in a sealed sealed tub full of kitty litter the body in question came back to life.

Despite being cut short I did get a couple good ones, check out the gallery below. Prints and digital downloads are available.

 

 

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MWCX Cyclocross Final Round 2015

Colin
August 28, 2015

All things must come to an end, and so here in Australia ‘cross season is wrapping up — it’s been an exciting one.

But to top the craziness from CX nationals there would have to be an act of god — and there was, sort of. In preparation for the warmer months the New South Wale Fire Service was conducting massive back burns in the area.

These intentional wildfires created a heap of thick smoke, which even caused a main road to be closed due to reduced visibility. Lucky for the riders the wind was not blowing the smoke over the course. Even still with choppers taking off and landing right next the to racers it made for a pretty unique afternoon of skinny tires and dirt.

Check out the gallery below for all the action from the day and don’t forget to check out @colinlevitch on Twitter and Instagram and Colin Levitch Photography on Facebook.

 

 

 

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