I first started shooting cycling back in the 80s when I was competing in triathlons. After a break from triathlons for about 10 year, a lack of fitness saw me back on the bike and it also rekindled my passion for shooting the cycling action around me when out on th bike. The digital era ushered in a whole new way of shooting and processing which initially did not appeal to me. It was not long though before I embraced all that digital image making had to offer and never looked back.
I am once again shooting CyclingImages around my home Cronulla and the surrounding area
I will be posting the images shoot here on my website and as well on my Instagram (gregmccarthy_cycling) Page and my Facebook (Cycling Images) Page. I try to capture only the best images I can regardless of who the cyclist is so whether you are well known around the roads or not you never know you may just see yourself featured here or on one of my social media posts
I do spend a bit of time processing in Lightroom and Photoshop as I do have a preference for colour and contrast so as to ensure the images are processed properly not just popped online RAW
I am fortunate enough to have some good quality Canon camera gear that does help with capturing quality images but at the end of the day you do have to understand cycling. I have been cycling on and off for 30 years and shooting cycling photos for all of that time ( yes I'm an old bugger)
I have also been a passionate surfer for most of my life spend a great deal of time when not cycling also shooting the surfing action around Cronulla. In 1998 I won Canon's Asia Pacific Photographer of the Year with a photo of Dave "Speg" McKinley surfing at Shark Island, Cronulla. What was so special about the Photo? Well, it was 1998, before GoPros. The image was shot with a Canon EOS 5 SLR camera and a Fisheye lens mounted inside a waterhousing that Jim Lucas at Force 9 helped me make. The 5 kilo rig was mounted to the front of a custom shaped board made especially for the housing by Stuart Paterson (now PCC Surfboards). The camera was triggered by a radio remote adapted from the ones used for high end model cars/planes. I triggered the camera whilst standing on the Point overlooking Shark Island which is over 500 meters away whilst Speg did the surfing with that 5 kilo camera mounted on the front of the Pato. We nailed it on the second session with that one role of Fuji Velvia film (yes film) winning the Canon award and several other images from the role ran as a feature article in Tracks which included the front cover - SCORED Big Time! It was not without mishap. During the first session which had bigger surf Speg nailed some hero barrels, and I was feeling good until he made his way back up to the Point yelling out as he walked back down the Esplanade toward me "the housing is full of water". Oh Shit! Well, that was costly. One camera and fisheye lens trashed and even worse the film was ruined. Oh well who said life was meant to be easy. It all worked out in the end though. You can view my Surf Images at www.surfimages .com.au
I hope you enjoy the images as I build a catalogue of Cycling Images from around the Cronulla area.
I'm happy to provide a low resolution jpeg file of images posted here free of charge for personal use on Instagram and/or Facebook etc. If you would like a copy of an image of yourself for this purpose EMAIL ME with the date and place where the image was shot and the image number.
Image prints are available for sale. I use PHOTOKING Pro Lab for printing images. Contact me for prices. I do not supply high res image files suitable for printing unless a suitable buyout fee is agreed as I cannot control what happens to the image.
Commercial use needs to be negotiated with me and a suitable buyout fee agreed.