Four Exposures for One Bicycle Race

Stefan Kung of team BMC won the Swiss Time Trial Championship June 22, 2017 in Luterkofen, Switzerland.

Photographing the Swiss Time Trial Championship with a large format camera has been on my mind for a long time. Large format sport photography opposes the slowness of a 4×5″ camera to the speed of the athletes. Opposites attract. I used two kind of films: Kodak Tri-X 320 4×5″ in wooden film holders, and Polaroid…… Continue reading Four Exposures for One Bicycle Race

Lower League Football

The sun sets as fans watch Saturday's lower league football match.

Here’s more lower league football. The light was nice, the play solid. The local team won 2:0. I was experimenting with blur again to keep my series going. This one is one of my favourites, so far. And then, there’s the usual football photography. I managed to catch one goal (although crudely), the other one…… Continue reading Lower League Football

Lower League Football

Goalkeeper Pablo Molina kicks the ball in a football game between FC Grenchen and FC Biberist on September 3, 2016. The game ended in a 1:1 draw.

Another lower league football game, some more opportunity to play with long exposures… ¼ of a second of football as last week. Notice the light streaks produced by the sun reflection on the ball. But then of course photographing football is not all play, but also some action shots frozen at the usual millisecond. Some…… Continue reading Lower League Football

Cargo bikes in Rwanda

Bicycles often mix spare parts of different brands. This chainring incorporates the manufacturer's brand name Phoenix, a large Chinese company exporting bicycles since the 1960s.

Cargo bicycles are widely used for the transportation of goods and passengers in Rwanda – the land of thousand hills. For a cyclist, these hills make riding strenuous as there is hardly ever a flat stretch of road. Many riders of Team Rwanda, the cycling team based in Ruhengeri, have started as taxi or cargo bikers.

Susten – Furka – Grimsel Mountain Pass Loop

View from Susten pass (2'224 m) to the East. Susten pass road connects the Swiss cantons Uri and Bern. Today's road was built in the war years between 1938 and 1945. A route over the Susten pass already existed in middle age.

The lap over the three mountain passes Susten, Furka, and Grimsel is a classic cycling route in Switzerland. With 120 km and 3’400 m elevation gain, it’s the shortest variant of the Alpenbrevet, a road race marathon that offers five passes and 276 km in its longest route. The route encircles a glacier area representing the watershed…… Continue reading Susten – Furka – Grimsel Mountain Pass Loop

Cycling in Emmental

Cycling in Switzerland's Emmental valley.

The Emmental with its thousand rolling hills and small roads is a paradise for cycling. Emmental has the iconic Swiss postcard scenery. And in addition (although they are not in Emmental), here are some mountain passes from my ongoing series in black and white.