The roads around Teesside will be packed with riders and crowds alike next month when the Tour de Yorkshire hits the streets.
Cleveland College of Art and Design photography lecturer Tim Leah-Adams has some hints and tips on making the most of photographing the sporting event when the third and final stage begins on 1 May.
Tim said: “With 123 miles of climbing, sprints and six King of the Mountain sections along with route from Middlesbrough Centre Square to Scarborough, there are some amazing opportunities to capture the atmosphere and action of the gruelling race. The route takes in a diverse range of scenery, from the town countryside, including Stokesley, Whitby and Scarborough and should provide an amazing backdrop for the tough cycling challenge.
He offers this practical advice on getting the best shots for such a popular and fast sport which is now in its second year.
“Cycling is one of the few sports where you can get really close to the action, which gives a great opportunity for candid shots of racers and spectators alike. The stage is starting in Middlesbrough and will begin with a ceremonial rolling start before the actual racing starts outside the town centre. Visitors can look out for documentary opportunities that capture the unique atmosphere that a bike race brings with this closeness to the competitors, but be respectful.
“Getting a good view point with an interesting background for when the riders come past is the next point to consider. There will be a ‘caravan’ of vehicles in front and behind the race, so my advice for things to try when they pass are:
- Capturing the speed of the ‘peloton’ passing. Use a slightly slow shutter speed such as 1/30th of a second to create blur, but hold the camera steady to avoid camera shake.
- Try panning (following the cyclists) with the camera. Move with a smooth motion and take the photo at the decisive moment. You can use a faster shutter speed for this.
- Try and capture the crowd enjoying the spectacle of the day. Look out for candid moments that show how people enjoy the moment themselves.
- After the riders have past, there is the whole circus of the teams packing up to explore. Try looking for interesting views and aspects of the packing up of the race. It is huge operation and there are lots of opportunities to document the visit.
- Finally, enjoy the day!
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