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Bicycle racers take on a North Philly junkyard (for NewsWorks)


Each year a group cycling enthusiasts converge on a junkyard in North Philadelphia to race each other on dirt paths winding between junk cars at the annual Bilenky Cyclocross event.

Participants race on all sorts of bikes, including homemade “funnies,” over a course that takes them under, over and around vehicles parked on the junkyard. The venue is between the railroad tracks and the bicycle factory of Bilenky Cycle Works in North Philadelphia.

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Racing is rough, but inspiring for one local team [PHOTO ESSAY]



The 2014 Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic is a rough, but inspiring ride for the riders with one young local race team.

In this combined photo essay the events of the week are captured as the Philly based Airgas Cycling team participates in the exciting 1-day bike race in the Northwest section of the city. Two days ahead of the race the professional riders teamed up with local high school athlete cyclist for a ride in Fairmount Park

See here a photo slideshow of some of the events leading up to and including the 10lap/120mile race on Sunday when the team of young riders takes on the 17% gradient of the “Manayunk Wall”.

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fingerspitzengefuhl

Every now and then I like to grab a camera – any will do – and go out for a neighborhood photo walk and shoot what ever catches my eye. Just playing around with gear but without a specific subject. I take the opportunity to test different settings or to try different techniques. Or just to clear my mind and practice my ‘fingerspitzengefuhl’.

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All shots are captured in sRGB RAW+JPEGs. Auto-as-much-as-possible. The camera internal image processor is set to a landscape color setting but with toned down contrast. In post I only adjusted auto RGB curves and auto luminance levels using Apple’s Aperture on either the SOOC JEPG’s or when needed the RAW files.

Having some struggles with your camera technique? I’ll be announcing new fingerspitzengefuhl-photo-walks in a few weeks via my Facebook Page

Getting out of your comfort zone can be beneficial to become better in what you do. At the same time I don’t think mastering gear should take place while on assignment for a client or boss. I believe they pay for what you already know, not for what you want to be. After the walk I like to go over my shots and analyze them on a big screen in the hope I have mastered a thing or two. But often results seem a bit disappointing… Continue reading fingerspitzengefuhl