I love photographing sporting events. They are outdoors (therefore great lighting opportunities), people are mostly happy to be there, but primarily I love them for the excitement/ nervousness/ and emotions visible on everyone's faces. Emotions are raw and subjects not aware of the camera or care how they may look. Those are the best pictures.
Transition preparations as people still rub the crust out of their eyes and wait for the morning coffee to kick in; Old competitors seeing each other for the first time since the last race, secretly eyeing the other's bike and physical condition; Team mates helping each other prepare for the start and banishing the butterflies by telling stories and experiences. All the while this glorious light trickles in, making it's way though the bikes, people, and bouncing off wet suits.
The golden hour. Ahhh. Everything is in real color, no distortions or shadows. Then there's the lake... it glimmers like a thousand diamonds completely undisturbed but by the breeze. That is, until the rainbow of swim caps start making their ripples. It's exciting; beautiful; and silently I cheer for everyone as I click away on my Nikon.
Recently I had the amazing opportunity of photographing two major triathlons here in New Mexico. The City of Lakes and Cochiti Lake, both wonderfully organized events by companies that dedicate many weekends of their time for the love of the sport. I admire everyone there. Competitors train and prepare for months in advance and their families that support them in their endeavor. However, what I have been the closest to has been the inside; the race directors, promoters, and chip timers. They work their ass off for weeks (pardon the french but there is no other way to describe it) in advance to make everything coordinate.
Permits, registrations, sponsors, packet pickups, equipment, hotel rooms, dinner, and breakfast for the volunteers and/or staff, and so many other things I can't even imagine. Their life of luxury is defined by sleeping in trailers close to their equipment, or sleeping 2 hours because they set up transition til 2:30am. I have been in awe of their efforts for the love of the sport and spirit of competition. Angie Kandalft from Chasing 3, Andie Talmadge from Fit Fundamentals, and Antonia DeHorney from Dash, you guys make all this magic happen. Thanks for bringing me into your world and letting me capture it.
On a lighter note this is my most favorite recent picture. Please help me caption it!
I will be doing mini sessions in August and am offering a free one with 20 digital images to the best caption for the picture above! Post in comments below. Be creative, witty, but above all be nice!