Friday, April 25, 2008

Out of the Gate


October 2007(click to enlarge)

A polo field is 300 yards long by 160 yards wide, which makes it the largest playing area in organized sports. But instead of horses on this fall afternoon we have cross country runners using it as their starting straightaway. I love shooting cross country in this park because the arrangement of the course has the start and finish within a hundred yards of each other. This means I can more or less stay in one place to shoot my runners on the starting flats, then entering the woods, and finally emerging into the sunlight for the final quarter mile. And it gives me an opportunity to make pictures like this of the entire starting field.

This is also a good example of the compression, or flattening effect that long telephoto lenses have. The runners were probably about five hundred feet away from me when I shot them through a 400mm lens, and even though the trees look like they're right at their backs, they were at least a hundred yards behind them. Exposure was 1/320 second at f6.3, ISO 1000, handheld.

11 comments:

Sharon said...

Although I see what you mean by a flattening effect, the runners stand out very crisply against the soft fogginess of the foliage.

Anonymous said...

I applaud your courage. Fifty or so teenage girls running straight at you at top speed is cause for great alarm.

(Sometimes I post anonymously because this darned thing just won't let me log in.)

Neil J Murphy... said...

It's a tough job, but someone has to do it.

(Even if you have to post anonymously, you could always sign your name at the end, eh?)

--Neil

Anonymous said...

That hadn't occurred to me.

Sharon said...

Didn't it occur to ya THAT time??

Anonymous said...

Whazza mattah here? It's not like he has trouble figuring it out!

It still won't let me log in. This is very annoying.

Neil J Murphy... said...

Dimothy? Dimothy Bulb? Is that you?

Anonymous said...

No silly, it's the love of your life. Dimothy is far wittier than I.

Sharon said...

No, no trouble at all does he have figuring it out..;)

Anonymous said...

Really, Sha. Anytime you want him back, he's all yours.

Neil J Murphy... said...

Okay, is there some way for me to lock the comments on this entry?