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Focus Northwest

Visual stories from the Eastside and the Pacific Northwest by Chad Coleman

Mercer Island Rotary Half Marathon 2010

March 22nd, 2010 at Mon, 22nd, 2010 at 1:55 pm by Chad Coleman

Runners break from the starting line during the annual Mercer Island Half Marathon on Sunday morning, March 21. My assignment was to focus on cover art for the print edition of the Mercer Island Reporter, and decided a vantage point on the hill across from the start area would do the trick. More images after the jump…

Left: Runners fill the street for a mass start of the race. Right: A tight crop from one of my race start images highlights the participants.

A quick snapshot from my phone shows gives you a sense of my location and gear for the shot — a grande quad Americano, a step ladder, an umbrella & towel and big lens.

I was definitely hemmed in — unable make a variety of images from this position — but the visual impact a road full of runners tells the story in a single frame. I strive to get as much variety from a shoot as I can, but sometimes you have to make a choice. The images were shot using a Nikon D300 with a 400m f/2.8 lens + 1.4x teleconverter. Maybe it’s just my equipment in hand, but I do not like to use the teleconverter unless absolutely necessary as it turns the image file to mush in my opinion. Here I shot 1,000th/sec – f/8 at ISO 1000 at an attempt to keep some clarity. I even shot in RAW format to skip the JPG artifacting

If you feel like a game of Where’s Waldo?, check out the full blog-width vertical image below, of the race start so you can scroll down and see if you know any of the participants. Call names out in the comments if you find yourself or a friend!


I'm a photojournalist. Check out my blog, Focus Northwest, follow me on Twitter or find my work on the Bellevue Reporter, Mercer Island Reporter, Kirkland Reporter and Redmond Reporter.

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