April 22, 2016

Marathon Motion

The Boston Marathon has been an important part of my life for over 20 years. Most of those running the 26.2 mile course with thousands of my closest friends. My days of running Boston are over. I ran my last Boston Marathon two years ago, after my 16th finish.

But the Boston Marathon is still the highlight of the spring for me. I volunteer my photography skills to the Race Management team, Dave McGillivray Sports Enterprises. This year I took reference photos of the course as I rode into Boston from Hopkinson in one of the “precursor” vehicles. The precursor vehicles go out about 10 minutes before the start of the race, serving as a “beacon” to volunteers, security and spectators that the runners are not far behind.

It was a very fun job. The photos I took are somewhat boring, but serve a purpose to the course management team.

The biggest benefit of my job was the fact that it got me into Boston well ahead of the lead runners. I was able to spend the rest of the day watching and photographing the race. I used my long lens to spot my friends running down Boylston Street towards the finish, so I have many, many compressed shot of runners with pained/elated/agonizing/triumphant looks on their faces.

But I also broke out a wider kit in an effort to get a different perspective. I got low with my Olympus Pen F and the 17mm lens for this series of shots. I stopped down the aperture to get a slow shutter speed in order to capture some motion.

The slow shutter if its job in capturing the motion and camera’s in-body 5-axis stabilization system helped keep the everything else sharp.

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