Despite having to work later in the day, I decided to get up early and head over to Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn to shoot some photos as the runners in the annual NYC Marathon traveled past. It’s always somewhat overwhelming to see the sheer number of participants filling a six-lane road and realize you’re watching tens of thousands of people running together. It’s a lot of fun to photograph, people get into it and some of the participants even dress up in costumes to run in. I saw everything from a banana to a few superheroes.
I find the marathon is also a good exercise to challenge myself to make interesting images from a fairly routine event. How many ways can you photograph a person or group of people running in a straight line, right? But there’s so much positive energy from the crowd, I often find it’s the people cheering on the runners that can make for good images.
One downfall of the size of the event is with so much going on it becomes more difficult to pick out those singular moments that can make good images.
And just for fun, I decided to play around with some longer exposures. The colors the runners were wearing seemed like it could lead to really interesting results. I wasn’t disappointed.
Several weeks ago, I heard about this thing called Pogopalooza. It was described as: crazy pogo stick tricks, I’m game. So I decided to head down to Tompkins Square Park to check it out. In my mind, I’m picturing the 1950s style pogo stick that you would see on an old episode of the Andy Griffith Show. Nope. These are some serious pogo sticks, like something the Terminator would have used. Not to mention the dudes on them were jumping 10-, 15-, 20-feet in the air. Now it should have been obvious but it wasn’t just jumping, they had to add backflips, 360s, jumping off rails and boxes, basically all the tricks to cool kids are doing. Of course, there was no way I wasn’t going without a camera in tow.
I shot the Gotham Girls Roller Derby last weekend, but didn’t have a chance to post some images until now. It was my first time shooting roller derby, but it wasn’t too different from shooting hockey, only a bit more organized since they stay on the track.