Welwyn Wheelers Track Night

July 21, 2015

Gosling Stadium Track Night

Friday night saw me making the trip down the A1M to Welwyn Garden City to shoot some cycle racing at Gosling Stadium.

The Welwyn Wheelers use the stadium to hold their track nights in which participants race in various different types of event.

I had emailed the club asking permission to attend and take some shots and they were kind enough to agree. In return I have offered to supply them with some images for their website or publicity.

I met with a  couple of the committee and received a short safety briefing before having a look round the stadium to assess the light and the best shooting positions.

The lighting was 'interesting'. Due to the time of day and the sun being low in the sky, it meant that half the track was in the shadow of the stadium while the other half was in bright evening sunshine. It can be a bit of a nightmare for photographers who, like me, use manual mode for exposing images. It means that if you are following cyclists around the track you have to change settings on the fly as they go from light to darker and back to light. I did forget a couple of times and had some horrendously over-exposed images of cyclists in the sun.

As with the other two cycling events I've shot, there was a wide age range in the participants. I didn't have a programme of events so I have no idea which shots were which events.

I managed to shoot more photos in the two hours I was there than I did at both Letchworth and Redbourn where I was shooting for 5 or more hours.

You can find the images here...

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