Bath Half Marathon 2008. * CAUTION some slightly graphic images *

Discussion in 'Sports Photography' started by diego garcia, Sep 14, 2008.

  1. Covered this again. Early start and on site with coffee for 8.30 ish to recce the route as Council change it every year. From a photography point of view, the start and finish are in front of the sun. So whilst you get some lovely back/rim light that strobists may love, you get some issues and are forced to use fill flash. Far from ideal.

    They now get 15,000 runners so the race was run in two stages with a staggered start. Nice idea. However, I feel that the bigger these races get, the more of a parody they become. However, the fund raising is sound and it is a good cash cow for the council which will hopefully buy some new bike lanes.

    The winners came in at about 65 minutes and I was slightly upset that Mr. Mayor and Kip Kieno did not keep the winners tape upright as I wanted the winner folding through it. However, a nice selection.

    A Brit won it today as the Kenyans had visa issues and missed their flight. Mmmmmmmm, suspicious or what !

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  2. Moving away from the elite athletes, I became aware of lots of sirens so I went to investigate. It seems people were dropping like flies as it was a very unexpected hot day today. Ambulances and staff everywhere. Needless to say, I did take some pictures and took a load off grief from an ambulance man, which is understandable, if regrettable, but that's news, though hardly vietnam.

    It never ceases to amaze me when I cover running events. I see the casual fun runners turn up and run past in all sorts of atire and today was no exception. I saw a girl running in those Nike camel toe daps with no socks on - surely someone could have said 'Thats a bad idea'....though there were far too many bad ideas to mention here.

    All shoot between F/2.8 and F/4, various ISO between 200 - 800 at max, if in the shadows. 300mm F2.8 and 24-70 were the lenses of choice along with an SB800.

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  3. GeorgeV

    GeorgeV

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    Aug 7, 2008
    Niles
    Nice shots, but I don't know I'd call any of them graphic.
     
  4. Well, at least its a heads up for people.

    Nothing wrong with that.

    What if it were your son at the side of the road ?

    Cheers.
     
  5. SRA

    SRA

    Jul 29, 2005
    Orem, Utah
    Very nice clean shots. Thanks for sharing.
     
  6. Brilliant shots Diego, nice variety, i.e. not just the runners.