Written by Fred RUSHWORTH, IACC Member
Landscape photographers are used to getting out before the break of dawn, wedding photographers are used to long days working with people and shooting at multiple locations, sports photographers work to capture athletes’ feats of speed and endurance and all have to be adept and quickly roll with the flow. Six Images Alberta Camera Club members (Carol Rusinek, Brad Walker, Steven Li, Shelly Arnett, Gilles Simard and Gord Bosker) had to have the skills of all of these photographers as they volunteered to cover the two-day 190 kilometers course at the 26th Leduc – Camrose MS Bike Tour this past June.
Starting at 6 a.m. Saturday in Nisku, they photographed the
2000 cyclists and 500 volunteers at the start line and staging area, the rest stops, along the road and finally the Camrose Exhibition Grounds where they would eventually camp overnight with the riders. First though, Gilles Simard had the task of taking the day’s shooting and creating an 8-minute slideshow that ran at the post-supper festivities. Critical thinking by photographers was required as they had to pick 10 to 20 images to give Gilles at various checkpoints. By noon, Gilles was already building the first of the show that would be augmented by shots as photographers covered their assigned areas capturing riders setting up tents, recovering in the massage hall or revelling in the party areas before supper. By 4 p.m. he handed the finished show to the AV coordinator and the photographers had a breather before starting to capture the evening’s events. Sunday was a more relaxed day as riders headed out at their own pace until 9 a.m. and there was no show to prepare at the end of the afternoon.
This was the 6th year that IACC provided photographers for this event. Each year we have made improvements. This year we used the Club’s Smugmug site to post photos for both the riders and the MS Society. The first photos were uploaded just one day after the event and an incredible 2000 images were posted. There were likely 10 times that number of images shot and know from past experience there were many hours of selection and post processing by each photographer to accomplish that amazing feat. Their photos can be seen at: https://imagesalberta.smugmug.com/Other/MS-Bike-Tour-2015/. Shelly and Carol also learned not to photograph on railway property after being warned of a potential $2,000 fine by the
There is something very rewarding about working with such a high energy and enthusiastic group of riders and volunteers
and it just charges you up and keeps you going. Gilles Simard summed it up nicely by saying, ‘For the majority of us, it was a new experience that we will not forget. Taking pictures of
all those people working hard to complete their journey was enlightening."
The question is, "doing it another year ... or riding the MS-Tour?" The enthusiasm certainly rubbed off on Gilles!
Thank you to our wonderful team of volunteer photographers. There will be opportunities for new volunteers in June 2016
to join us again.
Reprinted with permission: Imagery September 2015
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