I like taking photographs. I like cycling. And, thanks to the 30 Days of Biking challenge that runs over April, I get to combine both.
This will be the third year I've completed this now, and over the past two I've been recording the journey by shooting using my bike as a focal point and with the same composition throughout. Using a fisheye lens there's a fair bit of photoshop work that goes on to iron out the distortions. I've become fairly adept at balancing the bike and lining up the shots (even in some of the stiff winds we've had the past month) to carry the some visual continuity through the series.
The local Cycle Hub also ran their own photography competition alongside the challenge and this, along with the community support and images being posted from cyclists of all levels from around the world, makes for a great way to shale off the winter and get back into cycling good and proper.
Despite a slightly miserable first week or so where I was chasing off some lurgy, the miles started to stretch out and the trips became less a chore. Commuting back and forth to work helped, and even these started to take on detours and extensions to find interesting spots. Being Scotland, there's always a risk the April showers would have an impact bit it's been one of the driest for years. The wind some says however...
Racked up just over 400 miles and came out the other end fitter, healthier and happier, and with a bonus photographic project thrown in. And thanks to the Cycling Hub and their #SpringSaddle17 social media challenge some edible and cycling goodies too.
If you're that way inclined - cycling and/or photographically - I'd thoroughly recommend it (the 30 Days crowd are keeping the momentum up over on their Facebook page)
Click on the thumbnails below for a larger version and more info, and, if inclined, pop over to Flickr for some more of the same