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Cross National - Photos-SurveySunnySideUp
Dec 4, 2003 3:51 PM
Hello all,
I take a few photos at the local cross races. Every photographer seems to have their niche/style/favorite shot. I was wondering as racers what type of shots do you like? Group, barrier, mount, crash, head shot, etc... Please let me know so I can have better shots at the Nationals. Is there a shot that photographers don't shoot that should be shot.

You can see the photos that I have taken at

re: Cross National - Photos-Surveysnwbdrhoon
Dec 4, 2003 5:18 PM
jumps over barriers!
runs over barriers!
passing in the corners!
runs up hills with the bike on the shoulder!
My take plus picsGripped
Dec 5, 2003 9:51 AM
DISCLAIMER: I am in no way associated with I have traded a few emails with Shane but have no stake in his photo efforts other than to hope that he continues taking pictures at races. That said ...

Shane, I think that you are doing a great job. I have really enjoyed the pictures from the Cross Crusade races. Here are some of my suggestions ...

1) Try to get riders' faces in the shot. Pictures from behind aren't the best. However, I really like the pictures you took from the bottom of the muddy run up at Memorial (the one in the field).

2) Get some perspective. Face shots are great but these are races. Include more than one person in the photo since this gives the sense that we are racing other people. The 3/4 view is great. That way you get to see most of the face but also can see behind the rider of primary focus.

3) Action. Like snwbdrhoon said, run ups, barriers, and corners are great places for shots. I suggest taking pictures from the front of barriers and from the tops of run ups. I lifted the following picture from I think it is about the best 'cross photo from the top of a run up I have seen:

However, I like this one that Shane took from the bottom of a run up:

I think it ould have been better if he had snapped the picture on the first lap of one of the big races (B's and SS) so there would have been lots of riders in the photo.

4) Specific. Wide shots of the course are nice -- for documentation. Riders probably aren't going to buy any of those. Shane took this one and I think it is really good:

It really captures the riders' intensity and also captures the feel of the course conditions. This is one of his best, IMHO.

5) Crashes.
Specific examples: Top of HillGripped
Dec 5, 2003 9:53 AM
Dec 5, 2003 9:53 AM
rider on left, fixed w/ front brake only???? or SS? (nm)buffalosorrow
Dec 5, 2003 4:02 PM
Good Eye -- Fixed I BelieveGripped
Dec 5, 2003 4:41 PM
I know that there was at least one fixed gear in the SS cat at that race. Fixies get double points in the series.
Cool PerspectiveGripped
Dec 5, 2003 9:54 AM
Butt SlappingGripped
Dec 5, 2003 9:55 AM
'Cross on the 'DromeGripped
Dec 5, 2003 9:56 AM
Run up Side ViewGripped
Dec 5, 2003 9:56 AM
Downhill SteepsGripped
Dec 5, 2003 9:58 AM
This was a nasty V-trench. A little more perspective might have helped here.
re: Downhill SteepsGripped
Dec 5, 2003 9:59 AM
Opps, this was just a nice fast hill, not the V-trench.
Rocky Run UpGripped
Dec 5, 2003 9:59 AM
Dec 5, 2003 10:00 AM
Dec 5, 2003 10:01 AM
Mud and BarriersGripped
Dec 5, 2003 10:02 AM
More Barriers with Great PerspectiveGripped
Dec 5, 2003 10:02 AM
Another CrashGripped
Dec 5, 2003 10:04 AM
One More Thing!Gripped
Dec 5, 2003 10:07 AM
As a photographer, make yourself available and visible so that riders can ask you to take their pictures.

I hear that Shane will be at Nationals. If you want him to take a good picture of you, track him down and tell him. Tell him what you will be wearing during the race and what bike you will be riding. Here is a recent picture of Shane so you will recognize him ...
One More Thing!Reneec
Dec 5, 2003 2:39 PM
I have to second that comment about letting the photographer know you are interested in having photos. I take photos and video at the cross races in Wisconsin and I try to take photos/video of everyone. However, I focus on people I know are going to go to my webpage and see them. Plus with video the files are large and I have limited web space.