Cycling Photography Tips and Techniques

Cycling and photography are two of my favourite activities and I’ve been trying to think of ways to combine the two.  Carrying my big DSLR on a ride isn’t practical so most of my bike photos are taken with my smartphone.

First, let me start by saying that I’m inspired by my brother Jeff’s on-bike photography skills.  Not only is he a highly skilled and extremely fast cyclist both on the road and on the trails, he’s also able to grab his camera and take amazing photos at high speeds.

He’s mastered the “Bike Silhouette Selfie”…

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Photo by Jeff Shikaze. Notice the blur of high speed!

the “Bike Group Selfie”…

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Photo by Jeff Shikaze. “Bike Group Selfie” from Share the Road – Greg’s Ride 2015

and one of my favourites, the “Front Wheel in Motion” perspective…

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Photo by Jeff Shikaze.  “Front Wheel in Motion”

And remember, he manages to take these shots at high speeds.  There’s even a rumour that at the start of a race, he sprinted ahead of everyone, pulled out his camera and took a selfie of himself in the lead!

Stealing from his techniques, I’ve been working on the “Bike Silhouette Selfie” (at much slower speeds)…

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Gravel “Bike Silhouette Selfie”.

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Snow fat “Bike Silhouette Selfie”.

The “Front Wheel in Motion” (so slow you can read the label on my tire!)…

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Autumn fatbike “Front Wheel in Motion”.

and the “Bike Group Selfie” (again, at a slow speed, and managing to cut off half of my head)…

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Sedona family group ride selfie (2015)

I’ve also managed to come up with some of my own techniques, like:

“Falling Off the Back of a Group Road Ride”…

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“Falling Off the Back of a Group Road Ride” – From my first 200 km ride – Summer 2016.

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“Falling Off the Back of a Group Road Ride” – from the Beer, Bikes and Breweries ride – August 2015.

 

“Scenic Bike Photo While I Take A Rest”…

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“Scenic Bike Photo While I Take A Rest” – Niagara Falls

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“Scenic Bike Photo While I Take A Rest” – Killbear Provincial Park

“Lean Smartphone Against a Rock and Take a Video and Ride Towards Phone Selfie”…

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Solo ride Bike Selfie in Sedona, 2015.

“Ride for Heart Passing the CN Tower Selfie”…

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“Ride for Heart Passing the CN Tower Selfie” – 2016

and finally “Lean Smartphone against a Rock, Set Camera on Timer and Run to a Bench Selfie”…

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“Lean Smartphone against a Rock, Set Camera on Timer and Run to a Bench Selfie” – Killbear Provincial Park, 2016.

Got any cycling photography ideas or tips?  Share them, please!

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