So this past weekend. I decided to get up early and go downtown to take some shots at a local running event in Phoenix that featured a half marathon, a 5K race and a 10K race. I had actually run that particular 10K four times, but it was the last race scheduled to start, so I wanted to focus more on the half marathon and 5K races.
My blog post from a few weeks ago was entitled "5 Tips For Taking Better Sports Action Photos." The third one listed was "Get the Faces." That was my primary goal for this particular outing. Having experienced a wide range of emotions while running these races, I felt like they would result in teh most compelling shots.
|I liked this shot because the runner on the left is all business, while "Waldo"|
seems to be having a great time. The facial expression says it all.
Now when it comes to shooting these types of races in particular, the best piece of advice I got was not to worry so much about getting the entire body and shoot from about the waist up, focusing directly on the face. That was my most important takeaway from shooting at this particular event. Here are some of the photos with a brief explanation of what I liked and/or didn't like about them.
|The winner still has a laser like focus less than 200 yards from the finish line.|
The next shot is of the runner who finished second. It is one of my a favorite ones because the expression on his face is more typical of someone who is trying to get to that finish line on a tank that is close to being empty. He was battling hard, and even though he is laboring, his finishing time was over a minute better than the guy who won it last year.
|Trying to keep from hitting "the Wall" in the last mile.|
|These two competitors were dueling all the way to the tape.|
|The taller runner had enough left to hold on for the victory.|
So those are some of my favorite shots from the two races I covered. Overall, I felt like I was able to accomplish my goal. Getting to the venue early allowed me to figure out where I wanted to be during different parts of the race. Experimenting with my settings helped me to be ready to capture the shots I was looking for without wasting any unnecessary time. And specific to running, I definitely saw the value in concentrating on shooting from the waist up. This helps you take the people looking at your photo right to the runner's face, which tells the whole story. Until next time . . .