Thursday, December 10, 2009

A Cross Country Race

Last Saturday was a very cold December day here in Portland. Really cold. Frost on the ground, ice on the windshield, three layers of clothing cold. A great day to grab the cameras and head out at 6:30 am to Portland Meadows, which is a horse racing track. No, I was not betting on the ponies. In fact, I was betting on getting some really nice images of a field of 22 seven-person clubs and an additional 45 individual competitors, both male and female, running in three cross country races sponsored by Nike. This is the second year I have shot the Nike Cross Nationals. I love this event. And my main goal both times was not to so much document the race, but bring back images that gave you, the viewer, a more personal and up close view of the competitors, the track, and the feel of the event. Did I mention it was cold?