Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Boston Marathon 2010 Elite Runners

Hopkinton, MA 041710 For a while Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot (Cq) - left of Kenya and Deriba Merga (cq) or Ethiopia ran side to side until Cheruiyot took the lead between the 23 and 24th mile awinning the 114th Boston Marathon on April 19, 2010 with a record time of 2:05:52. (Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff)BEHIND THE SCENE: This year I was assigned to the men's elite truck. This basically means that I and another five or so still photographers rode on the back of a truck which drove ahead of the men's elite group but also ahead of the TV truck which was always in between us and the runners. So you basically catch glimpses of them in curves, hills and whenever the truck would veer a little bit to the right or left of the pack. In other words: for two hours you have to keep focusing and shooting every chance you saw the group. I shot a total of 1,400 images or so. TECHNICAL STUFF I chose a 400mm 2.8 lens on a monopod. ISO of 500 and set the camera in aperture priority oscillating from 3.5 to 5.0 depending on light conditions.

1 comment:

Marshall said...

That second one is a really nice frame. Love the clean space around them, the storytelling of the separation between them, and just the hint of shadow under the lead runner's feet to emphasize the action. (Not that the other ones aren't good, but still.)

Can't be too easy consistently managing a monopod-mounted heavy lens in the back of a truck for a couple hours...