San Diego Bicycle Club "SDBC" was well-represented at SDBC's Barrio Logan Grand Prix "BLGP" on Saturday. I was happy to donate $500 in cash prizes c/o CyclingSalvation.com to all the Junior race winners. Saturday was my first day using a new camera I bought a couple days prior. I stupidly assumed it could take good sports photos on the "auto" setting thanks to new, high-ISO sensor technology. That was a BAD NERD assumption. Lesson learned. I still need to use high shutter speeds (≤ 0.002 seconds) in the shutter-priority "Tv" mode. I was in the Barrio all day and missed only one podium. It wasn't until I got home and saw the pictures on the computer that I learned the ugly camera mode lesson. I did my best to sharpen and enhance the photos, and I hope some of the racers will enjoy viewing and saving their favorites.
Here (▼below▼) is the link to the 2018 Barrio Logan Grand Prix photos on Flickr:
I was excited to see the Dana Point Grand Prix "DPGP" because I had never been to it before. I obviously arrived long after the racing had started. It wasn't my intention to be there the whole day like I do for SDBC's criterium in San Diego. I just wanted to see some of the racing and test my new camera (the amazing Canon EOS 80D) using a more appropriate setting.
Sunday's photos did come out better than Saturday's did, but I'll never be good enough to take photography on as a "day job." The bright sun allowed me to use shutter speeds shorter than a thousandth of a second, which resulted in many "less blurry pictures" compared to those I took all day on Saturday. But—being the senile old fart I am—I screwed up all the finish line photos of the women's pro/1/2 race because I had temporarily set the shutter speed much slower (for lower ISO, greater depth of field on some comparatively "still" shots) and forgot to dial up the shutter speed again for the final lap. Argh! Sorry, ladies!
SDBC once again had great representation in the races at Dana Point, with our Dutch club member, 747 pilot, and YouTube Star Jasper Verkuijl taking 2nd place in his Cat-2 heat (just ahead of former SDBC racer Juan Cisneros). When SDBC's race team manager Wells Wang encouraged Jasper to try his legs in the pro/1/2 race before flying back to Europe, Jasper registered and took 9th place in that race! (Congrats, Jasper & team!)
Here (▼below▼) is the link to my Dana Point Grand Prix "limited set" of photos on Flickr:
Here's a link to more DPGP race photos and podium results.
You're welcomed to use and share any of my photos linked above. If you'd like a photo without the watermark to use in your own publication, contact me (Dan) here and I'll email it to you after doing a little "post-production" enhancement, which is hard to take time to do on all of these.
There's always good fun, food & drink...and plenty of spectator room at these races, so if you haven't been to one already, look them up and mark your calendar for next year. In the meantime, happy riding! I hope to see you out on the road.