Le Tour is coming...


The official 'Grand Depart' trophy is held each year by the city hosting the start of the Tour de France. It's been quite a while since my last post, due to the terrible weather and an uninteresting work-life balance! But I'm back, and moving into spring I'm hoping to get out there and shoot some more (including some air shows this summer).

The trophy for the Grand Depart of the Tour de France was at work today, and we popped down to take a look (strictly no touching!).

Luckily it was quiet, but it wasn't the easiest object to photograph, primarily because the backdrop behind the trophy was less than desirable. As I wasn't one of the official bods, I wasn't able to move anything to improve things.

Unfortunately some of the backdrops to the shots were less than ideal... 1/160th sec @ f/2.8, ISO 640 (Nikkor 50 mm f/1.8)

However, the light wasn't too bad, and I got some nice contrast and shadows in the images (I did have to bump the ISO to get a workable shutter speed; this is where the D90 starts to show its age...).

Made of stainless steel and glass, the trophy is worth approximately €4000. 1/250th sec @ f/2.8, ISO 640 (Nikkor 50 mm f/1.8)

This year the Tour leaves from Parker's Piece in Cambridge on the 7th July. As the race is going directly past where I work, hopefully I'll be given the day off so I can go and capture some images of the riders and the general atmosphere on the day.

This is a relatively new trophy, designed by the French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand. 1/250th sec @ f/2.8, ISO 640 (Nikkor 50 mm f/1.8)