Two months without posting or writing anything new…  what a slacker!!!

Here is a quick update:

  • Summer went by quickly, but was able to play a lot of golf.
  • I’m back at work getting to know my new students. Seventy-six students and slowly learning all of their names.
  • I’m so ready to shoot some cyclocross.  I missed the first 2 weeks of YettiCross, but I hope to make it next week.
  • Canon will release the Canon 7D  in a few weeks.  Amazon, Adorama and B&H are already backordered on the camera.  Looking for an online dealer to pre-order the camera.
  • I’m currently updating the layout of Sportsduo.com.  Please, sorry for the mess when you visit the site.  I can’t believe it has been almost 4 years since I created Sportduo.com and started shooting cycling.

That’s all for now folks…see you @ cyclocross!!

I have to admit that I am the worst critic of my work.  A couple of days ago we sent some pictures to print locally.  My wife went to pick up the pictures and I told her to call me as soon as she got a hold of the pictures.  She called and told me that the pictures looked good.  I asked her:

“How do the colors look?”

“Are the pictures too dark?”

“Do they look sharp enough?”

She replied saying “…to my eyes they looked good, but you only know if they are good enough for you!”

Hmmm, it made me think..maybe I am overly critical about what a picture is supposed to be. This made me think about a conversation I had with Carl Baker during last week’s race.  We were chatting about composition, selecting images and processing/editing.   He said that even if the image breaks a rule or two, if  he likes it…he will work on the image.

I tend to be very strict about what images I upload and display on my site.  I normally shoot 2-3 frames every time I press the shutter button.  The reason for this is because I’m not looking for three good shots, I’m looking for a great one.  A lot can happen within a second.  As I’m going through the images from the Cat1/2/3 & Women’s race from Week 5, I came up with the image below.  My first instinct was…”helmet and wheels are cut off…NO GOOD”.  I flagged for deletion and decided to take a break.  Since I shut down Lightroom with this picture on the display, when I came back to the computer this is the image that came up.   I took another look at the image and my attitude was different.  I liked it!  The picture breaks a couple of technical rules, but achieves to demonstrate speed.

Bottom line, photography should be about what the picture is demonstrating and not about rules!!!  Sometimes is good to break some rules…

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We spent this past weekend in Austin.  Second time we have visited the capital city in the 5 years that I’ve been in Houston.  After having a great breakfast at Jo’s Cafe on 2nd street Saturday morning, we decided to visit Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop.  I have to say that I was very impressed with the setup.  They were having a sale during the weekend, so it was crowded while we were there.  There is a cafe inside the shop: Juan Pelota Cafe.  If you find yourself in Austin, be sure to checkout the shop.  Here are a few shots.  More photos on my flickr page.

View from the street.

Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop

Service Area and Accesories

Helmets, Shoes, Socks and Gloves

Showers, Lockers and Restrooms

Apparel Section

Some of the Bike Selection

Alberto Contador's Giro d' Italia Jersey dedicated to Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong's Bike from the Tour of California

#2 for the Tour California

Lance Armstrong's Bike from the Tour of California