Friday, April 2, 2010

On Assignment : Atlanta Track Club Women's 5k

A week ago I had an assignment to shoot the Atlanta Track Club Women's 5k at Candler Park. This is one of the reasons I have been getting some time shooting a running events on my own.
It was an early morning call. I had to be on site at 7 a.m. and the sun wasn't up yet. Because I was going to move around to several locations along the route I packed everything I would need into my photo backpack. Luckily I brought my flash, as I needed it for the first hour.

I started out using a wide lens to capture the start of the race. I was looking for a unique angle and placed myself in the middle of the course and at a low angle. I liked the shot.
I was able to take two quick shots and then hustled off to the side once the flag dropped. I may have been able to take a couple more frames, but I didn't want to get in the way of the runners. Yeah, those in the front take this seriously. Once on the side, I climbed onto a pickup truck to get a better view.
I also caught the start of the strollers that started 10 minutes later and quickly headed to the next location. I got there in just enough time to catch the leaders coming through.
At this point I switched to the 70-200 mm lens. I'm getting more comfortable using this lens considering it's heavy. I love how close you can get isolating individuals and when shot wide open blurring out the background. This is one of the reasons I love this lens for portrait work. Here are a couple examples.
This was a tough section for the runners and the last hill before the end.
Although the day started overcast, by the time the race was over, it had turned into a beautiful spring day.

I had a great time and I'm looking forward to the next event. The images maybe used in the Atlanta Track Club newsletter available to ATC members. Which reminds me, I need to sign up, not only because I'm also a runner, but I want to see if my images get published.

I'm currently trying to do more athletic editorial shoots and I'm working on lining up a couple shoots in the future, so these kind of events help me improve my skills.

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1 comment:

Photography by Nattawut Guname said...

Nice post Dave and thanks for sharing the insight on your thought process on what you used to shoot and why. Always good to know what process others go through.