I am pretty stoked to be preparing to head off to Colorado to shoot the USA Cyclocross Nationals. I've been fortunate to shoot a few cross events this year. I have grown to love cyclocros as an event. It has everything I like including bikes, great people, atmosphere and if you are lucky mud! Here's a quick visual of a few of the events.
So tonight I sit here getting ready to go to Boulder for the 2014 CX Nats and plan my gear. I have grown in confidence with the EM1 and I learned quite a bit shooting a couple of events. I am expecting cold again so I am anticipating having to shoot with gloves. I've programed all my external controls the way I want them. The last thing I will do is set the Mysets. I will set one for slow panning with shutter speed at around 1/30th to 1/40th, IS OFF, auto ISO, and the other set up for shooting motion with a higher shutter speed (will depend on my final lens choices - see below), IS on, ISO set depending on the light. I will of course shoot RAW.
The tough part of me is choosing final lens selection for the trip. The 12-40 Pro is an easy choice, but I am struggling with the long lens choice now that I have given myself options. I am going back and forth between the 50-200 SWD and the 35-100 F2. Tough choice I know. My heart wants to bring the 35-100 because it such an amazing lens. It's heavy though and a bit slower to focus than the significantly lighter and quite a bit longer 50-200. That said, I am leaning toward the 35-100 as it such a stunning lens. I also plan to pack the 75mm f1.8 just because it is such a stunning lens and I like the way the camera handles with that on, meaning the EM1 is so light and powerful with that combination.
Since I am shooting just for fun, I have a few goals for my shots at the events.
- 1 shot showing the intensity of the race
- 1 shot showing the atmosphere
- 1 really good portrait of one of the racers
- Shoot one of the daily races on film
My back up camera for this whole event is my Contax G2. I am shooting film again with this incredible film camera. With so many photographers shooting the same events with the same lens combinations; a wide angle short zoom and a 70-200 equivalent zoom) all the images are starting to look the same. I am attempting to find a different look and plan to shoot one of the races entirely on film to experiment. Should be fun.
So....It looks like my gear list is as follows.
- Olympus EM1 w/battery grip
- Olympus 12-40 f2.8 Pro
- Olympus 35-100 f2 SHG
- Olympus 75 f1.8
- 4-6 extra batteries
- Every memory card I own
- Contax G2 with 28, 45 and 90mm lenses
- 5 rolls of Neopan 400 Professional
- 5 rolls of Portra 400 Professional
Wish me luck. Be back next week to share some images, stories and experiences.