Posts Tagged ‘photography’

Rouleur.cc

www.rouleur.cc – lovely. I like everything about it.

Asian bike round-up

Rickshaws in Kathmandu.

Rickshaws in Kathmandu.

Abandoned bike in Kathmandu.

Abandoned bike in Kathmandu.

I'm wondering how the fruit vendor stays upright when on the move...

I'm wondering how the fruit vendor stays upright when on the move...

A brief bike-related retrospective from my trip to Nepal. Please enjoy the full photo set.

Project Le Tour

Telekom TT by Brent Humphreys.

Telekom TT by Brent Humphreys.

Project Le Tour by Brent Humphreys is worth a look. There are some fantastic observational shots of the Tour over the last couple of years, which really capture the spirit of the event and the people who watch it. Thanks to Chris for the link.

On a web note, this is an example of a Flash website, which, rather than creating an immersive, fluid experience for the viewer (which I imagine was the aim), actually just forces the viewer to do what the site wants him to do. 

  • The intro is ridiculous. I was frantically clicking to try and escape it and view some actual content.
  • The site forces you to view full screen. Sure, you can ESC to exit but why not just give me the option?
  • Images pop into view from the right hand side. I had to figure out what was going on, it’s not immediately obvious.
  • What do I do if I don’t want to view the images in the order Brent has decided? They aren’t chronological, so how do I quickly flick through, how do I see the whole lot to figure out how many there are, how do I go back and find the one I like at a later date? Er – I can’t. 

If you’re going to use Flash – make it useable!

Sportive poster-boy

philconnor

Check it out. The sportivephoto.com home page currently offers a photo of me pseudo-toasting Jonny in the Puncheur.

While we’re on the subject, I have a couple of suggestions for Mr Phil O’Connor of Sportive Photo. No quibble with the quality of the photography, excellent event coverage, reliable web interface, very fast processing times. But £7.50 for a digital download? It’s too expensive – all I want is to email my Mum and post on this blog. 

This is how I would price images in this scenario:

  • lo-res (600px longest edge) digital download: £3
  • hi-res digital download: £6
  • all hi-res rider photos from single event zipped for download: £25

Printed image prices are fine, as is the bill for burning all images to CD (£30), which clearly takes time.  

But I do think Phil’s pricing misses a trick in deterring the casual digital downloader. I would happily have paid a tenner for a few lo-res files from each event (3 so far this year) – but I won’t pay £22.50. At that price I can handle the watermarks.

Rapha Photographic

Photo by Ben Ingham

Photo by Ben Ingham

Photo by Ben Ingham

Photo by Ben Ingham

Photo by Ben Ingham

Photographer Ben Ingham shot these images of the Rapha team on a late-season training camp in the Swiss Alps. Loving the moody black and white, wishing I was there.

You can buy the prints from the Rapha site. Also check out Rapha CC’s Flickr photostream.

Tom’s Pyreneen route


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Tom Wood, my long-time off-road bike buddy, has been doing some more back-country riding in the Pyrenees this autumn. Above is the map of his latest trip and below are pics from the trip. Check out Tom’s Flickr.

The hack

My hack bike is the one I commute on. Here she is, the Ballistic, in all her filthy glory (and in high-contrast black and white to emphasise her gritty street credentials). Robust and uncomplaining, the Ballistic has seen me through two years of hardcore inner-London riding. She’s caked in dirt and oil, the grips are worn out, the forks are bent (a slight late-night mishap, I’m not going into it), the rear hub rattles and the saddle always slips back on the seatpost. But she’s light, nimble, and capable of serious speed when properly worked.