We photographed local bicycle team Shuffle Master – Penta Cycling yesterday on a dry lake just outside of Boulder City Nevada. The terrain was very rough compared to what I’ve seen on television, where the automobiles perform high speed runs. There were several places that had large holes from trucks or motorcycles and the ground was covered in golf ball sized or larger rocks as well. Needless to say it was dangerous for the cyclists, but it was a very cool setting to photograph road racing bicycles. They were not able to reach high speeds due to the obstacles, but they did manage to work everything out without any failures.
The team members were very comfortable riding together bunched up so we were able to get many different styles of riding from a well packed group, as well as spreading out into a uniform patterns. Considering we had 13 riders which can mean 13 different directions, the photography shoot went pretty smooth. I have had many problems with far fewer people, it’s easy for things spiral out of control with only a few people. So considering the number of people and obstacles, I think everything worked out well.
In addition to the rocks, terrain and number of riders, we had a high wind advisory and possible rain in the forecast. As you can see by the following images there was very little weather and the sky turned from solid clouds into nice ribbons of clouds that made much better and more dramatic skies. I was very happy with the sky color, and the teams uniform colors worked well as a contrast to the natural backgrounds we photographed against.
Special Thank You to Quincy Nelson for helping me out with this photo shoot yesterday!
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