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Cyclist, going. img233, with story by harrietsfriend Cyclist, going. img233, with story by harrietsfriend
The camera was positioned to frame the lone cyclist going from the camera.  For many cycling is a lone sport, while for others it is more social.

My season was over, time for joy riding, miles upon miles, with just my thoughts and sights, again and again, for personal time, to think, or not.  I call this riding in the 4th dimension, a place where you exist nowhere, as you are in a constant state of motion, not here or there.

In the previous photo posted a few days before, I had explained how I had returned to yesterday's point of discovery, to document one of the perfect bicycle with nature photographs.  In it I was smaller, less important.  In this image, of me riding away, the focus and cropping reflect all cyclists enjoying the sport, so I have included more of the square shape with most elements of equal strength.  I am larger, as I am sharing the image, while before I was smaller less important than the fall countryside.  I feel "going", a more important image for most, while the one of me coming, more for me and other competitive cyclists.  In it, my action of attacking a hill, standing, is much different from today's image of the seated person on the long ride.

Taken on tripod with self timer, using my Hasselblad 500C, with a Zeiss 80mm F2.8 Planar on Kodak VPS 120 color negative film in the late 1980s.
Feel free to download, just give me photo credit.

eugene spiegel

Can you see the slight difference direction, posture, size and cropping make on essentially the same photograph.  Which do you prefer?
Cyclist, coming. img234, with story by harrietsfriend 
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AlexanderJade Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017  Student Photographer
So here i will address your question first. This is far better than the the alternate picture because: The cyclist is cycling away into the far distant road that seems to have no end. Also since we don't see his face he is mysterious. You've framed this perfectly in the sense that we see green grass on both sides of the road, whereas the other pic is just one.
Now, can you imagine if your subject was someone on a horse? That would be be fantastic!
harrietsfriend Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017  Professional Photographer
this is a rare image for me, having placed all the details for the photo, since this was a self portrait, and an image I came back to take.  coming was for me, going was for the world.
Trippy4U Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017  Professional Photographer
Such a wonderful image and backstory :clap:
suezn Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017
Wonderful scene!
flamingodancer123 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017
Fantastic country setting, what a great place for a bike ride! Thanks for submitting to the group, :iconsharpenededge: much appreciated.
AfricanObserver Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
They are so different, just for the direction of the cyclist! I think this might be my preference though - a sense of space and openness created by the cyclist (yes, I know it's you, but the anonymity is nice) heading off into the world.
harrietsfriend Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Professional Photographer
the going is my preference for the world, the coming is for me.
AfricanObserver Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
That makes sense to me.
mockingbirdontree Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017
Beautiful capture!
MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2017
Wonderful capture, lovely color, great perspective.
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