March 30, 2010

Strawberry Lake


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This is probably another re-post for my Facebook friends, but technically, I did re-process it so its a new take on an old image.

This is Strawberry Lake in Utah. It was shot in 2004 during my cross country charity relay run (10 runners, San Francisco to Boston in 25 days).

As an avid runner and photographer, It was impossible to embark on such a journey without the proper equipment. Luckily, Nike, one of our sponsors, provided us with the proper running gear, but the right photography equipment was up to me.

About 3 months before the relay, I bough the first affordable Nikon DSLR, the D70. That, along with the 18-70 kit lens and a legacy 80-200mm zoom was what I used to record the trip for the team of 10 runners and 5 support people.

Along the way, I got many many shots of runners starting, runners finishing, runners eating, runners starting, runners … well, you get the picture.  Along the way I was able to grab a few shots of the spectacular scenery we had the pleasure of running through. There was no pre-planning. I was only able to shoot where we happened to stop for an exchange. At almost every exchange, If I wasn’t finishing or starting one of my legs I was usually taking pictures.

This shot was taken at about 6:00 AM, somewhere in Utah. We had just sent the first runner out on the first of his three 6 mile legs for the day (we each ran about 18 miles per day). We had about 50 minutes before we needed to be at the exchange so we hung out for a few minutes. I grabbed a few frames of this gorgeous lake in the early morning light.

It was May. The temperature was around 32°. By mid afternoon, the temperatures was around 100°.  Yeah … Good times.

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  1. That’s a pretty drastic temperature change! Love the photo…the water looks so glassy smooth. Is that the moon in the upper right?

  2. Thanks Mike … The temperature change was pretty drastic. The day started at a high elevation and dropped from there. And yes .. that’s the moon.