I stopped by the Beyond the Rainbow 5K – & – Great Bay Half Marathon road races in Newmarket, NH this morning. I brought my gear, but I had no plans of doing any coverage at this race. There were over 2,000 people in the race and it was already being covered by a photo team from Captsone Photography. A race this size is too big for a single person even if thats what I wanted to do, plus I do my best not to compete with people making a living. My goal was to test out some new equipment and get the road race cobwebs out of my head.
Going with the Easter theme the girls won the most spirit portion of the race. Sorry guys, you didn’t make the cut on my blog due to lack of costumes.
Its been 4 months since the last race and oh my did I have cobwebs even though I knew what to do. Studio work doesn’t spill over to sports exactly like you would expect. My winter studio work though totally fantastic and fun is not the same as sports action. I was under-impressed with the photos of my first race of the season. The lighting was harsh full on sunlight…
BTW below is a totally useful website when planning where to shoot. Plug in the date/time and location in the world and it will tell you the direction and height of the sun. This really helps pick a location on the course where you won’t be shooting into the sun. Luckily for this race the finish was lined up fairly close, but still not perfect.
I Shot using my D7000 with a 70-200 VR-II so the only thing wrong with my photos was the photographer. They were not consistently sharp like I like them. Of course in the spirit of starting up for the season I did some experimenting. One of the experiments was to set auto focus zones to full auto and let the camera select the focus point. Ummm… I’ve never had consistent results with that and this was no exception. I also tried zoned focus points (meaning selecting one center point but letting the camera use another 9 to help it). I’m going back to a single focus point on the next race.
Of course I also left VR on the entire time even when up at 1/1600th of a second. I’m sure that was a contributor to not being sharp coupled with not using my monopod with such a heavy lens. Anyway… thats it for today. Gears are moving for road races, so I fully expect to see major improvements over last season. Next race I’m taking out the D700 with a monopod and we’ll see how it goes.
As a side note, I know its Easter, but I had to include the devil image above. The only question I have is did the bib number come first or the horns?