View 147: On the Starting Line

 

Runners waiting for the start of the 5K road race at this year's Apple Run which is an event at the Lafayette Apple Festival in Lafayette, New York.

Runners waiting for the start of the 5K road race at this year's Apple Run which is an event at the Lafayette Apple Festival in Lafayette, New York. Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/250s, f/5.6, ISO 720, EV +0.6, 300mm focal length.

 

For the second year running, I covered the Apple Run events at the LaFayette Apple Festival in LaFayette, New York.  The three races consist of a 1 Mile Fun Run for families and a 5K and 15K road races.  This year there were 359 participants who gathered on a very frosty morning with temperatures hovering just above the freezing mark.  The sky was blue and clear with many runners saying it was a perfect day for a run.  As the Sun cleared the valley walls, the temperature slowly warmed up and bathed the race courses in perfect light for my task of photographing the races.

Click Here to see all the photos from the 2010 Apple Run

 

Two of the participants in the Apple Run 1 Mile Fun Run at the Lafayette Apple Festival warm up with hot chocolate as they await the start of their event.

Two of the participants in the Apple Run 1 Mile Fun Run at the Lafayette Apple Festival warm up with hot chocolate as they await the start of their event. Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/40s, f/5, ISO 200, EV 0, 48mm focal length, rear-sync flash.

 

Another photographer was covering the start and in race photos for the 15K while I covered the 5K.  The new Nikon 28-300VR FX lens has a vibration reduction (VR) setting for photographing from a moving vehicle.  The lens did very well from a moving automobile going about 20 mph (32 kph) even at the maximum focal length of 300mm.

 

Runners enjoying a beautiful Fall day during the Apple Run 5K Road Race at the LaFayette Apple Festival.

Runners enjoying a beautiful Fall day during the Apple Run 5K Road Race at the LaFayette Apple Festival. Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/250s, f/13, ISO 400, EV +0.6, 300mm focal length, fill flash.

 

When covering an event like the Apple Run, I try to look for stories going on.  In the photo below, the two young girls where waiting for the first women runner to finish the 15K Road Race (you can see her in the background on the right as she came into view).  The girls started cheering and jumping to urge her to the finish line.

 

Two young girls wait for the first women to finish the Apple Run 15K Road Race at the LaFayette Apple Festival.

Two young girls wait for the first women to finish the Apple Run 15K Road Race at the LaFayette Apple Festival. Nikon D700/70-200VR, 1/2500s, f/5, ISO 400, EV 0, 200mm focal length.

 

About these ads
This entry was posted in People, Sports, Weekly View and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

19 Responses to View 147: On the Starting Line

  1. giiid says:

    Sharpness, depth and great colors as always, the two first photos are my favorites as they are close at the motive, and including a stribe of sun as effect. I suppose you were tired after that long run holding a camera. ;-)

  2. Gerry says:

    I really liked those little girls with their cocoa. It’s a lovely, tender portrait.

  3. Mitch says:

    That first image is a classic; looks like it should be in a sports magazine.

  4. Great shots, I like the photograph of the runners, a great series.

  5. Nye says:

    Scott, I really like the first image, was it still dark? I thought it might be with the high ISO and EV of +0.6.

    You’ve captured a nice story in the last photo. :)

    • The road was pretty well shaded but there was a streak of sunlight. The reason for the high ISO was the fact I was using shutter priority set at 1/250th of a second. With the Nikon D700, ISO’s up to 1600 are very clean. Using a fast shutter makes for sharper photos, too.

  6. Love the first one, great point of view

  7. Karma says:

    I love your shots of the girls – both the one with the hot chocolate and the ones waiting for the winner.

  8. Mike Criss says:

    Really like the 2 girls watching the race photo. Great use of Depth of Field.

  9. montucky says:

    I enjoyed all of these photos, but especially the second and fourth. Those are great!

  10. chloe says:

    i really like the 1st photo

  11. Pingback: Autumn Highlights « Views Infinitum

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s