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June 27, 2008 11:16 PM

Olympics Trials: Golden Light at Hayward Field.

Posted by Rod Mar

Just arrived in Eugene, Oregon for the U.S. Olympic track and field trials.

Didn't do a lot of shooting tonight. Make that, I didn't do a lot of GOOD shooting tonight, but did get my feet wet.

I don't do a lot of track shooting, and there's a lot to learn, especially at big events. I'm here to cover the meet, follow whatever local athletes we might have participating, but also get familiar with the events.

As the sun was setting, the light got gorgeous as it shone on the spectators in the bleachers along the back stretch of the track.

Try as I might to work with and image of athletes running in shadow past the sunlit fans, the artificial lights shining on the track made a true silhouette impossible.



(Nikon D3, VR 70-200/f2.8 zoom lens @ 140mm, ISO 250, 1/1000th sec.,f6.3)



(Nikon D3, VR 70-200/f2.8 zoom lens @ 98mm, ISO 250, 1/1000th sec.,f4.0)



(Nikon D3, VR 70-200/f2.8 zoom lens @ 98mm, ISO 250, 1/1000th sec.,f4.0)

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Posted by Mark

2:11 PM, Jun 28, 2008

Rod,
Nice shots. Did you all go Nikon?

Mark

Posted by mike@mike.com

3:38 PM, Jun 28, 2008

Rod, word of advice from someone who has shot track and field a decent amount. The running events make for quite boring pictures. Get over to the pole vault, long jump and other field events tha are a bit dynamic if you want to get some great shots. Just a thought, wish I was there.

Posted by Sean Harding

6:54 PM, Jun 28, 2008

Shooting alongside the Register-Guard guys will surely keep you on your toes ;-)

Make sure you get some Track Town pizza while you're in town. Man, I miss that place!

Posted by Jeffrey Friedl

8:07 AM, Jun 29, 2008

Nikon D3? Did you Canon get run through the washer/dryer in the previous post? Do tell!

Posted by Conor

7:32 PM, Jun 29, 2008

Nikon! I thought you were a Canon man.

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