Click on this link or click one of the photos below to go to my photo site to see the entire set from the 44th Bill Luti 5 Miler Road Race in Concord NH – July 16th 2011. Congrats to all the runners! It was a hot morning to run up all those hills. Photos are in chronological order all taken from the 4 mile mark – yup, that was me. Sorry I don’t have a bib look-up tool.
332 photos in all were the keepers, which account for 85% to 90% of the runners in the race. If I don’t have you, I sincerely apologize. You can find the race results on CoolRunning.com. Since I was at the 4 mile mark I don’t have any start or finish line photos. If you were in the race and would like a digital copy of one of these photos please email me using my contact form on my photo site and I’ll let you download the photo for free (I’ll even crop it nicely for you). I’m not trying to make money on this, but would sure love someone to enjoy it.
In the future, I’m planning on partnering with a charity sponsoring the race and selling the photos at a modest cost with the proceeds going to that charity. That way everyone wins. I still haven’t worked out the details because I don’t want to end up holding a big tax liability bag when I give the money to the charity. If you are a charity race organizer and want to talk, please contact me.
These photos were shot with my Nikon D7000 in RAW format and my Nikon 70-300VR lens (with hood) all hand held and mostly manual exposure (read below). As I’m not shooting down at f2.8 this lens was adequate in sunlight. Faster auto-focus and image quality would sure be nice, but this worked and is a whole lot cheaper. I did have a pesky pole in a lot of my photos, and thats my bad for not paying more attention. I can crop most runners fairly well but I’m not doing it for 332 photos unless someone requests it.
This morning when I started out I took a few test shots to get exposure, set the camera to somewhere between 1/640th and 1/800th of second and an aperture around f8. Manual mode with auto ISO. That gave me an ISO around 200, which was perfect. I used the ISO as the exposure control (letting ISO float up or down as needed) and fixed my shutter speed and aperture to what I wanted. On this lens that simply meant that I needed to set my aperture above f5.6 so it wouldn’t change when I zoomed in or out since its a variable aperture lens depending on your zoom level.