Two days of races: Scenes from the 2016 Gasparilla Distance Classic
Light, colors and immense size: these are the three primary pieces of shooting the Gasparilla Run. Most of my photos attempted to capture the sheer mass of people participating in the run, whether it was through overall shots, complicated layered photos, or long exposure motion blurred images.
I love when we assign multiple photographers to an event, because it gives us all a chance to branch out and try something new, without the fear of missing an important moment - such as the first place runner crossing the finish line.
It’s always challenging to make different images in events that are so heavily covered, but when you can shoot for an entire day, it gets a bit easier. You can see the light change in front of your eyes as the race goes on, and it’s exciting to use dynamic and high contrast light to make images that really stand out.
Another tough part about photographing races is finding quirky individual moments off the beaten path. Such as the two women who stopped running the marathon to put their hands to their hearts during the national anthem. Scott Purks also had a great story about a couple that was stuck in the elevator before the race, which really helps break up the normal coverage.
I couldn’t have asked for two better days to photograph the Gasparilla Races. The weather was beautiful, the runners were excited, and I was thrilled with the work I made. Thanks for looking!
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