The American spirit is at work. People are aggressively participating in this fundraising event for MS patients. The family was wheeling their MS family patients around with love and care. I would have enjoyed a quiet and relaxing Saturday at home, but I chose to volunteer at the event. It ended up a close to a 15-hour day for me and in a high 103 degrees temperature. But I am glad that I did.
On the photography side, I did not do as well as last year though I had the chance to shoot in the countryside. Taking panning shots without a tripod is a bit of a challenge and worst of all, forgot to have the Stabilizer off the entire time, OMG.
About 650 bikes were attending this event. I was shooting no stop and the perpetual traffic kept flowing in. Light condition on the start/finish line has never been ideal not to mention the subjects vary so much and so rapidly. And, the background is a cluttered mess (vendor booths, cheerleaders, and all sorts of volunteers). In a few attempts, I’d made up my mind that I was here to record an event, picture quality is less a concern on the occasion.
Below image was taken in a park surrounded by trees. No tripod was used, but at least the green background is pleasing and the atmosphere relaxing. I really have to set myself a goal to use a tripod more often, in fact, I should use it at all times.