The Kiawah Island Marathon was a great opportunity to photograph people. There were plenty of runners, spectators and volunteers. I was a cheerleader for my husband and a group of friends from Charlotte who were either running the half or full marathon. Unlike most marathons, this one allows bicycles on the course. Perfect for me. I’m a biker, not a runner, and my camera bag with my Olympus M-10 fit perfectly in the basket of the rental bike.
It’s fairly easy to take photos of people I know. They all realize I enjoy photography, so many expect to see me with a camera.
Friends always want a group shot. This one looks like a snapshot, but I thought I’d include it because these friends will be happy to see the photo posted here.
Cute kids. I kinda know them. They don’t know me. Maddie & Owen.
Oh, I just had to stop and and take a picture of this girl. That hair is awesome! Compliment a person and she has no problem being photographed. There’s harsh light on the right side of her face, but I was just getting a grab-n-go shot. The group I was with was headed to the start of the race and I didn’t want to lose them.
The national anthem is a good time to get solemn photos. People are caught up in the moment.
And they’re off! I didn’t even try to stop motion. Sports photography is a whole nother thing.
My biking buddies! They were patient when I hopped off my bike several times during the marathon to take pictures.
I started out by taking a photo of one of the volunteers near the paper cups at a water station. We had a brief conversation about how I was just taking pictures for fun, and she lost interest in standing there and went by the other volunteers. Well, shoot. I didn’t get a good photo of her. But what if I highlight the cups by putting them in the foreground….and have the volunteers blurred in the background….
This spectator wasn’t going anywhere until her better half crossed the finish line. I think she thought I was photographing the runners as they finished the race. I was also using a telephoto lens, so I wasn’t right up in her face.
Hands holding things. Ear buds before the race and a Bud Light after.
Sitting around with friends after the half marathoners finished and waiting for the marathoners to finish was a good chance to snap this photo of Mona. Still smiling after running 13.1 miles!
Not everyone is a runner.
I would have to agree with this t-shirt. Running sucks. Photography doesn’t.