TDS member Brandt Ryan talks about the tip, "always look behind you," and how it led to this photo he captured.
"Not long ago I was in San Francisco (first time) and was trying to get some good shots of the Golden Gate during and after sunrise. I had my tripod and composition setup and had been going at it for much of the morning.
"As fate would have it, I remembered a tip from Martin Bailey about periodically checking behind you, particularly when you have been shooting a setup shot (Golden Gate). For whatever reason, this tip popped into my mind. So I turned around, brought the camera to my eye and noticed the road was a nice S type curve, and that a cyclist was racing down it, completely focused and aware of his "line".
" I quickly set camera to Tv mode (shutter priority), flicked the dial somewhere past 1/500th of a sec and snapped 3 bracketed shots, which had been the setting I was using for the bridge and didn't have time to change. I ended up with 3 images--this one being the last. The previous two show the cyclist about one bike length back from the one before.
"I like the shot--but I really like the fact that I had the awareness to turn around and check out what was happening behind me. The title of the shot, "Awareness," speaks for itself, I think, especially when one reads the story behind the photo :) Cheers to Martin Bailey for the tip, and thanks to you Derrick for a wonderful podcast."
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