Pedal to the Point 2014...Branching Out

August 04, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
On August 2, 2014 I volunteered to photograph my workplace team, Team MMO
(Medical Mutual of Ohio) as the cycled 75 miles from Brunswick High School
to Sandusky High School.

I decided that the place to setup so I could have the best opportunity to capture
as many team members as possible was outside of the lunch stop at the Lorain
County JVS in Oberlin, OH.

To make sure I didn't miss anything, I arrived at 7am. The first cyclist came
down the road at about 8am. Soon after, the first of the Medical Mutual Team
arrived.

The forecast was for thunderstorms, but in the beginning, the day started fine
with partly to mostly sunny skies. I didn't think of it, but I should've asked
somebody to drop me off a can of soda after their lunch, cause after 4 hours,
I did get a little thirsty :)

My equipment was simple...my Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and the Canon 70-200
F2.8 lens. I ended up snapping off over 1700 images! I would've gone over 2000
if the storms didn't roll in at the end.

At first when I started to shoot, I was starting at 200 and zooming out to 70, kind
of the same thing I do when photographing birds in flight as they come closer.
But I learned I had better success just picking a spot and shooting at 70mm.

The only hiccup I had was when my lens stopped focusing. I was panicking,
wondering how this could happen all of a sudden. Turns out while I was zooming
in and out, I accidentally turned the AF switch off on my lens. Ooops. Hey, at
least it was my fault and not the lens :)

Everyone that rode thru was so friendly, waving, giving me the thumbs up.
If I knew this was going to be such a success, I would've promoted this, but hey,
next year, cause I really want to do this again.

After shooting for 3 hours on the ground, I decided to get up and shoot the other
direction as the cyclists were leaving lunch. My plan was to shoot until noon, but
with the thunderstorm clouds coming in, the wind gusting and temps dropping by
at least 15 degrees, I decided to call it a day.

In all, I captured at least 30-40 of Team MMO. If I had that extra hour, I'm sure I
would've got a lot more. As far as the other cyclists? Its hard to tell how many different
individuals I got, but if I had to take a wild guess...300-400.

To view the other cyclists that participated in this event, visit my other web site at:
http://dougwestphotography.zenfolio.com/



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