Tagged Sports Photographer

Audi Cycling Series

I have a love – hate relationship with composite photography. The amount of tools available to photographers in our digital era, enable us to realize our creative vision with unprecedented freedom. It’s an exciting time to be a photographer! That said, all these tools are just that – a means to an end, so its important for me to ask some pertty basic questions upfront when deciding if a composite workflow is appropriate for any given project; can I achieve my creative vision in camera? What unique challenges will shooting composite present, and do those challenges outweigh the benefits?

This series was a lot of fun to work on and had some pretty unique hurdles to jump along the way.

IMG_0215

Location scouting in the digital era.

_H4H3085

I always prefer to shoot background plates first. In this case having a stand-in helped immensely as a reference when shooting the athletes.

Kryki_road_studio1740

We photographed Audi Cycling Team rider Sam Waples in the studio on a free standing rolling trainer. That rig allowed Sam to actually ride on the trainer.  It was a critical piece of the puzzle that gave the final composite the authenticity that is always a struggle to maintain in a composite workflow.

photo3

IMG_0350

We used specialized software developed for automotive photographers to create realistic motion blurs.

audi_cycling_roadshot_1

audi_cycling_roadshot

The final composite.

 


 

Check out the entire series online: http://www.oliverludlow.com/AUDI-CYCLING

audi_cycling_online