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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Cross country sportrait

My second assignment of the evening was to photograph a local cross country runner for an upcoming feature. I’ve shot a few sportraits in my day, but never one of a runner. One of the main challenges was location. I met her and the reporter at the high school and while she was doing a short interview, I scouted a few shots within walking distance of the main entrance of the school. If this had been a track runner, I would have been automatically drawn to the school’s track, but cross country presents a bigger challenge for the background. The school is near a busy highway so I settled on a running shot next to the school’s brick exterior for the sake of a clean background. Ideally, I would have liked to have an open field or a forest to shoot in, but this was the best background I could find on the fly. I had her run towards a Nikon SB-800 (1/8 power, zoomed to 24 mm) while I added a bit of fill with a Nikon SB-600 at a 45 degree behind her (1/4 power, zoomed to 24 mm). I had a sort of sweet spot between the lights, and it took a few passes for me to catch her in the lights.

Peoria Notre Dame senior Molly Dahlquist looks to make a run at the state cross country title this year following setbacks in past years.

Peoria Notre Dame senior Molly Dahlquist looks to make a run at the state cross country title this year following setbacks in past years.

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Woodruff Cross Country Invitational

A runner in the Class 1A race struggles as she tries to pick up the pace approaching the finish line during the Woodruff Cross Country on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, in Detweiller Park.

A runner in the Class 1A race struggles as she tries to pick up the pace approaching the finish line during the Woodruff Cross Country on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, in Detweiller Park.

Freeburg's Kristen Busch breaks away from the pack as she runs in a Class 1A race during the Woodruff Cross Country on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, in Detweiller Park.

Freeburg's Kristen Busch breaks away from the pack as she runs in a Class 1A race during the Woodruff Cross Country on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, in Detweiller Park.

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