If there’s one thing that I’ve learned from all my sports shooting it’s that high-speed burst shooting should be used very sparingly. I think it was last year that I came home from shooting Winchester Applecross with close to 7,000 images. Three 0’s people! Sure the high-speed bursts have their place, but for me I’d rather come home with images that were shot purposefully as opposed to images that are simply part of a series of high-speed bursts where maybe one is decent. I don’t want to be that photographer who tries to impress people with the sound of their shutter rapidly firing off 20 frames at a time in a couple of seconds. So how, then, do you get the good images you might ask? Anticipate the action and know the sport you’re shooting. I still came home with a crap ton of images (2k but that’s a far cry from 7,000).
I spent the day at the local city park shooting cyclocross. I don’t race cyclocross and never will. My license plate even indicates that I’m a road cyclist. Anyway, I don’t know what the cyclists were complaining about all day – that Belgian wall looks pretty flat to me. Easily rideable.