Runners splashing through the final water crossing a few hundred yards from the finish.
I went to a 10k race over the weekend. Not to run in it, I’m not much of a runner, but to spectate and take some pictures. I carpooled in with some friends under some cool, breezy, and overcast skies. There was rain in the forecast but it wasn’t supposed to come until later in the day. These conditions made some some good soft light for pictures. The problem was that I’ve never shot anything like a foot race before. I’ve never even been to one. I got some shots at the start of the race and figured I’d have enough time to get to another section of the trail before the runners had gotten through. There were hundreds, maybe close to 1,000 runners so I should have plenty of time. Well not really. I got confused which way the course was relative to the parking lot, and I got just the tail end. Luckily I doubled back and got to the final water crossing to see some people go through.
I definitely need some practice shooting this type of event. It was more difficult than I expected. A full set of batteries would have helped. I had three poorly charged ones and the servo drive autofocus wasn’t helping.