you a professional photographer?
am an amateur photographer; I have been taking photos for over 20
years, and cycling photos for about 10. (I first visited the Tour
de France in 1991, the year of Indurain's first win). I am also
interested in landscape photography.
type of equipment / film do you use?
Though I have owned several cameras of various formats, most of
the cycling photos on this site were taken with my a 20+ year old
Olympus OM1n. Most of the shots were taken with this camera
and a 50mm standard lens.
I later switched to a a Nikon F100,
usually using a 50mm lens. (Though a 28-105 zoom, and a 20mm were
The main reason for switching to the Nikon was to take advantage
of the motor wind to get more shots than I could by manually cranking
the Olympus. Autofocus is useful in certain situations, though for
the action shots, I still focus manually.
As for film, I used to use transparency film, usually Kodak
Ektachrome 100, later switched to colour negative film,
generally Fuji ISO 200. Negative film is more tolerant of exposure
errors, and is easier/cheaper to get prints from.
I now use a Fuji S2 Digital SLR and Nikon lenses,
though I have only done a little cycling photography with it.
do you take your photos?
visited the Tour de France each year from 1991 to 2001 with Graham
Baxter Sporting Tours. These trips concentrate on the mountain
stages and time trials, which tend to yield the best photographs.
Each day I will cycle part of the Tour route, before making my way
to my chosen location for the day. On a mountain stage this will
often be on the final climb or another major climb of the day, and
I will usually ride to the top of the climb on the lookout for good
locations, before descending to my chosen spot. The tops of the
climbs can be very crowded, which can make photography difficult,
though this is where the action is, and the riders will be more
spread out here.
don't you show more photos?
due to the amount of traffic the site gets, and the bandwidth restrictions
imposed by my service provider, if I add any more photographs to
my site, I run the risk of having my site suspended, especially
don't you show bigger photos?
for the same reason as above (bandwidth restrictions).
However, check out "The
BIG Picture" page of my main web site, for a small
number of "desktop"
sized images (1024x768 resolution).
don't you have any finish line photos?
As I don't
have any official accreditation as a photographer, there is no chance
of me getting near the finish line for a race such as the Tour de
France. Podium shots are similarly impossible to obtain by mere
I use your photos on my web site?
personal sites may use up to 10 photos from
this site, subject to the following:
1. Any 10
this site may be used, apart from the large (1024x768) "wallaper"
2. Any copyright info on the images must remain. The images may
be resized, provided the copyright info is still legible.
On any page that an image appears, a credit "Photos copyright
Dave Lawrance", together with a link to my home
I get prints of your photos?
a limited selection of images from which prints may be obtained.
These are mainly recent images featuring Lance Armstrong, Tyler
Hamilton, David Millar, etc. E-mail
me for details and prices.
you got any photos of Merckx / Anquetil, etc?
As I only
took up cycling photography in 1991, I do not have any photos prior
to that date, and my site only features photos I have taken myself.
do I get to see the Tour
trips, try Sporting Tours, http://www.sportingtours.co.uk
For advice on visiting the Tour under your own steam, a good place
to start is http://www.cis.ohio-state.edu/text/faq/usenet/bicycles-faq/part1/faq.html
This is a link to FAQ's of the rec.bicycles newsgroups, and includes
some useful info on the Tour de France.
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