Posted on Mar.20, 2009, under Abstract

(Olympus E-3, 70-300mm at 300mm (2x crop factor), ISO 100, exposure 1/250sec @ f/13)

This shot was taken in North Myrtle Beach, SC where I had spent some vacation time last year. The beach there is quite wide and firm at low tide and people like to ride bicycles on the sand, particularly recumbent tricycles. People really seemed to like to ride these things in circles, making interesting patterns in the sand. I was heading out of our hotel room to look for pictures to take and I noticed these two cyclists on the beach making some interesting patterns in the sand. Just as I was framing the shot, they decided it was time to move on. I had wanted to capture both cyclists as they were riding, but I was only able to capture one, just as he was leaving the edge of my composition. While I wish I had a shot of both of them, I am actually quite pleased with getting the one cyclist.

I didn’t really do much post processing work on this image. The raw image, shown here, was pretty flat and didn’t really convey the feeling that I experienced when I saw the shot. The sun was out and it highlighted the tracks in the sand. The raw image doesn’t really show that. Most of my processing was intended to bring out the pattern created in the sand by the tricycles. I did a post on my photo processing blog here which gives more details on the processing. Here’s a quick look at the image as it came out of the camera:

Comments and feedback welcome.

Image and text Copyright © 2008 James W. Howe – All rights reserved

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