Tour de France - cycling photography

Saturday was my first time shooting cycling, and the first time in 6 years of Grenoble living that I’d decided to go shoot the Tour as it passed through, so I’m interested in any and all feedback on the images via the album on Google+, or in the comments below.

I really had a hard time getting the camera to give me an accurate focus - no doubt because I’m using a micro four-thirds camera - the Panasonic G2 - and it just can’t match some of the more expensive SLRs on focus speed. I had the best luck when I pre-focused on a spot on the ground, then set to manual and waited for the riders to pass. Head-on shots seemed to look the most dramatic, although I had to be careful how close I got to the action…

I was using f/4-5.6 most of the time, and ISO 100 - 400 depending on sun vs cloud to give me a shutter speed in the range of 1/500 - 1/1250, using a Panasonic 45-200mm.

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