The Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec 2011, a slideshow of the cull
Good stuff from JUST north of the border:
If you haven’t been north to the french speaking cities of Quebec and Montreal you are missing a whole host of things to see and piles more to do. Now, if 400+ years of history weren’t enough, the Pro-Cycling circuit has two stops scheduled and they are ALL the reason you need to track down your passport and head up.
This year’s edition of the Grand Prix Cycliste had the added drama of a late season run to be the king of the season long pro cycling points race. Phillipe Gilbert of Belgium came to Quebec needing just a few few points to take the lead from Tour de France winner Cadel Evans who had announced that he was done for the season.
A peleton of more than 170 riders tackled a tough course that winds through the lush park-lands of the Plains of Abraham, shoots down to the St. Lawrence for a long flat and then tackles two grueling climbs up to the iconic Chateau Frontenac. While an early three man break managed to take a lead of as much as five minutes on the main pack the brash break was quickly reeled in within a few laps of the end of the race.
With less than 20km go a more start studded break of 10 formed including a number of the sports big stars, American Levi Leipheimer found himself up front with Dutchman Robert Gesink but also with this year’s one day star Phillipe Gilbert. The crux of the race came on the last major climb as Gilbert dropped the group in emphatic style, while Gesink was able to separate himself from the chase group he was unable to regain contact with Gilbert and the powerful Belgian swept to his 18th victory of the year.
This is a great event, worth every second of the drive. We certainly intend to cover the event next year, but, having said that…don’t take a photographer’s word for it, start planning for next year
I am quickly and profoundly come to love and respect the work I see coming out of the Magnum Photo Agency. The photo of the day comes in an e-mail and is invariably fascinating. I have posted items from Burn Magazine before, but this is a peek inside the motherload.
I LOVE taking pictures in India, and I can’t even begin to think about how much fun a trip to see weddings would be. The textures, the colors and lets face it just the vast number of people, who, at any moment are exchanging whole encyclopedias of looks, gestures, glances and emotions is overwhelming just on a back street…imagine what a wedding must be like!
A friend from Sewanee, Tn, Stephen Alvarez, shot the video for this NPR story. In addition to being a great story about the work of Becca Stevens and Magdalene House in Nashville the video was beautifully shot on a Canon 5D DSLR. The ability to make exceptional images in low light and tightly control the focal plane add a great deal to the clarity of the narrative. At the same time, the relative light weight and compact form of the 5D help the camera follow the story to where it lives…this is part one, two more parts follow.
“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”—Ira Glass (via nefffy)