I hoped for mud and no rain and the weather obliged. This is only my second cyclocross event and my first time processing with Lightroom. Please forgive the grossness of my processing as I figure out what these extra sliders do.
I've been meaning to do more 'cross as you can rattle off a hundreds of practice shots an hour against a variety of backdrops In this case, SF Bay, Hunter's Point, and Candlestick Park. I also want to race cross, but only after I can find $$$ for a cross bike. I restricted my shots a bit in order to try and play with my flash/ambient balance. Once you choose which direction the sun has to come from in your shot, you find yourself parking your butt in one spot for a couple of laps until the sun disappears again.
Today again reminded me that the Canon 580EX II is a piece of trash -- I had to reseat it dozens of times and toggle the power switch to keep it from jumping out of high-speed sync and ETTL. All of this after Canon repaired it.