Yesterday, I photographed a track bike race at an outdoor race track made of wood.
Some female athletes of the local bike scene in Stuttgart, met up to practice riding fixies at this race track. For most of them, it was the first time to ever cycle on a track or to even cycle on a fixie. Next time, I would love to try that myself.
The track itself was very old, not illuminated, outdoors, but still covered by a roof. As it was pouring all day long, the old roof yielded and started to leak from time to time. None of that was a big problem though. The biggest photographic challenge was it though, to properly focus at bikes moving at a speed of 30km/h to 50km/h, as there was not much light coming in. No sun, no light. Hence, I installed my one strobe I had to add some dramatic lighting to the otherwise boring light. It also helped to freeze the motion a bit better. Every time the athletes took a turn in that one curve, they were strobed like in a speed control. Of course, I paid attention to not strobe them right into their faces.