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.
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.