I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to photograph the start of State 2 of the AMGEN Tour of California for the City of Modesto. I took over 300 photos today and went through them quickly to pull out a few.
It was a very bright day with high-noon sun, which makes it challenging to get good photos of people. All photos were captured with a Sony a7rII and the FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM lens from Sony. I had other lenses on me but decided the 24-70mm was going to be the best fit.
You will notice that my camera settings did not change much except for when the action started. I typically make my exposure adjustments by changing the aperture on my camera. The only time I keep a wide aperture is when I am looking for a shallow depth of field. Because I was worried about shade vs sun shots, I did not use any ND Filters on my lens. I was photographing all around me. One second I would take a picture of the stage which was shaded and the next second I would be capturing the crowd.