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Shades of Death Marathon

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by jloden, Oct 16, 2012.

  1. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    Jay
    This past weekend my wife ran in her second half marathon at the Shades of Death Marathon, so to keep myself occupied while she was running, I brought the camera and snapped some shots. I spent most of the time chatting instead of shooting and this was my first time covering an event of this type. Next time I'll have to remember to get more establishing and detail shots to complete the coverage of the event :smile:

    I used the G5 with 3 lenses, the 12-35mm, 75mm, and 100-300mm with the majority of the shots with the two longer lenses.


    Gathering for the race start...

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    And they're off!

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    The men's first and second place finishers - times for the 1/2 marathon was 1:14 and 1:16, respectively. The second place finisher this year was actually last year's winner (with a previous time of 1:18).

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    And of course, plenty of shots of runners to get my moving subject focus practice in :smile:

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    And of course, plenty of shots of my wife - it was a 2 lap race so I was able to get shots of her at the half point and the finish. Here she is coming in for the finish. I think she spotted me! :biggrin:

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    A few shots after the race was over - getting the obligatory picture taken with the finisher's medal.

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    Beneficiaries of the race; fire and EMT services of Allamuchy.

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  2. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Bob
    Great shots - more proof that :43: can be used for action/sports shots with the proper technique. :thumbup:
     
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  3. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    Nice. She looks pretty composed for someone that just finished a half-marathon.
     
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  4. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    Jay
    Yep, she did good, much improved over the first half marathon she did (and about 15 minutes faster time to boot). I picked the most flattering shot I could too - I've been married long enough for that bit of wisdom :wink:
     
  5. Spuff

    Spuff Mu-43 Top Veteran

    652
    Dec 5, 2010
    Berkshire, UK.
    Yes.
    But if you have the right viewpoint and a clear view for a few seconds of a half marathon runner it's quite easy as far as action/sports goes. They are big targets and not on average very fast moving (it is amazing how fast the elite runners go though), and predictable.
     
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  6. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    Jay
    Definitely all true. I haven't shot any sports events but this was a lot easier than photographing dogs at the dog park for example, or wildlife that's moving about. It helps that they were running toward me also, which is a lot easier to manage. The bigger challenge was getting a viewpoint that didn't have other spectators or race staff in the way :rolleyes:
     
  7. Spuff

    Spuff Mu-43 Top Veteran

    652
    Dec 5, 2010
    Berkshire, UK.
    Yes, that's definitely my experience.
    For my local half marathon I stand at a point that offers a great crowd shot, but with there being several thousand people participating it's difficult to hit the moment a clear opening to someone interesting appears. I still haven't got a good one of the pantomime camel (I just got a bit of the rear end this year). Missed the authentic Stormtroopers last year too, really wanted that one. The only 'good' one I got was giant testicles (cancer awareness).
     
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  8. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    Jay
    Hahahah.... this one was a comparitively small race, so it was pretty relaxed and I'm sure much less crowded than others might be. I didn't want to be a jerk so I stayed off to the sidelines but you can see from this shot that there were a few photographers not shy about sitting right in the middle of the road to get the shots. I can only hope he was an official event photographer!

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