Photography Challenge with Sue Karski

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Week 16 – # 29 On Two Wheels

on November 14, 2014

Gulf Coast Cyclefest 2014 –
Gulf Coast Cyclefest 2014

Gulf Coast Cyclefest 2014

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I was pleased to be asked by James Corwin Johnson – Photo Experience to photograph the Gulf Coast Cyclefest that started and ended in Lakewood Ranch last Sunday.  It was the 40th Anniversary of the Sarasota Manatee Bicycle Club and the Gulf Coast Cyclefest and there were hundreds of riders.  Back when this started they only offered the 100 mile course.  Now there were four separate distance lengths with the shortest at 20 miles and the longest 100 miles.  Riders were all ages and they rode all kinds of cycles.  I started by taking photographs of them starting out on their trek.

I then moved to Lakewood Ranch Blvd to try to get them coming back.  Sometimes they came one at a time and other times they came in large groups and fast.    I was using a longer lens and had it in the portrait orientation – and when some of the riders noticed the camera they flashed a thumbs up or a wave or in this case – they tried to pull together for a threesome – unfortunately they were too close and I did not have time to re-orient the camera fast enough to get them properly.  That is one of the issues photographers have to think about/deal with when dealing with large groups.  I was caught not ready.  They sure looked good for riding all those miles.  And ALL SMILES.

Gulf Coast Cyclefest 2014

Gulf Coast Cyclefest 2014

Gulf Coast Cyclefest 2014

Gulf Coast Cyclefest 2014

Gulf Coast Cyclefest 2014

Gulf Coast Cyclefest 2014


Something for me to remember.  People are unpredictable and I need to be able to switch to landscape orientation faster.   And I thought photographing wildlife was tough.  But I think we have some nice photos with the Big Smiles as they finished their rides.


28 responses to “Week 16 – # 29 On Two Wheels

  1. Marie Lough says:

    Great photos – and I love their smiles when they caught sight of you!

  2. gwong1 says:

    I’d be smiling if I could bike 100 miles! Gary

  3. shelby1120 says:

    Sue K taking a day of people shot —- Outstanding! I love the one where the two men are showcasing the lovely lady between them and all celebrating their accomplishments!

  4. Looks like they all had a lot of fun. Florida is a great place for biking. Love seeing all those happy faces whatever your camera’s oreintation.

  5. Ron Hecox says:

    And here I thought I was doing good riding 28.7 miles on Veteran’s Day. Of course new goals will be set and who knows … maybe I will hit the 100 miler some day. Nice shots.

    • Sue Karski says:

      28.7 miles is still quite a feat! Don’t discount what you have done so far. I know you can do it Ron. Shoot for the 35 miler first and then work up to it. These people have a club that rides all the time, so they are working together to get there.

  6. Donna says:

    Good shooting Sue! And people no less! Excellent foray into a different arena. Looking forward to getting down there and riding again real soon!

  7. Sue, you got a lot of really great shots, My favorite is the one with the women in the middle and the two men on either side. I loved that you captured her smile !

  8. hydragirl818 says:

    What an honor to be asked to photograph such an event. It is easy to see why they asked you.

  9. Rebecca says:

    For someone who doesn’t like shooting people, you killed it. These are nice action shots!

  10. Terry says:

    Nice, colorful photos.

  11. shelby1120 says:

    Just noticed in first photo…a little girl with Dad on a bicycle built for two!

    Sent from my iPad


    • Sue Karski says:

      Yes and there were a number of bicycles built for two in the event. I also liked the lady with the basket on the front of her bike with the flowers in it (second photo), as she looked like she was having a grand time both at the start and when she finished – same big smile.

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