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2014 George Washington Parkway Classic 10 Mile & 5K

Photos from the 2014 George Washington Parkway Classic 10 Mile & 5K in Alexandria VA. Sunday, April 13, 2014. Photo by Kyle Gustafson/Swim Bike Run Photography. (Kyle Gustafson/Swim Bike Run Photography)

I recently began shooting 5k and 10k races for a friend of mine and it’s been a very fun learning experience. I like the photojournalism aspect of shooting races as well as the ever-changing lighting conditions. Theย  GW Parkway Classic happened back in April and this was my first assignment for Swim Bike Run photography. I was positioned about a little under a mile from the finish line and was all set up for my shot so I wouldn’t get any of the parked cars on the side of the street in my frame. But then the racers came racing by and did not follow the path I thought they would at all. They hugged the parked cars because that was the shortest line down the hill I was standing at the bottom of. So I have to improvise ย quickly.

Photos from the 2014 George Washington Parkway Classic 10 Mile & 5K in Alexandria VA. Sunday, April 13, 2014. Photo by Kyle Gustafson/Swim Bike Run Photography. (Kyle Gustafson/Swim Bike Run Photography)

Photos from the 2014 George Washington Parkway Classic 10 Mile & 5K in Alexandria VA. Sunday, April 13, 2014. Photo by Kyle Gustafson/Swim Bike Run Photography. (Kyle Gustafson/Swim Bike Run Photography)

Photos from the 2014 George Washington Parkway Classic 10 Mile & 5K in Alexandria VA. Sunday, April 13, 2014. Photo by Kyle Gustafson/Swim Bike Run Photography. (Kyle Gustafson/Swim Bike Run Photography)

Photos from the 2014 George Washington Parkway Classic 10 Mile & 5K in Alexandria VA. Sunday, April 13, 2014. Photo by Kyle Gustafson/Swim Bike Run Photography. (Kyle Gustafson/Swim Bike Run Photography)

I liked shooting the leaders as they came through because I could play around with the framing a bit. As I said, I was at the bottom of a big hill, so I could see them as they made their way down towards me. I was shooting with a 300mm/2.8 which gave me nice and creamy bokeh backgrounds. As the masses came through, I tried to pick out interesting looking people or interesting looking outfits. I played around with my positioning a bit, trying from different sides of the hill as well as different lenses and focal lengths. Overall I was pretty happy with this batch of photos, although I know I can do better with some more experience.

Photos from the 2014 George Washington Parkway Classic 10 Mile & 5K in Alexandria VA. Sunday, April 13, 2014. Photo by Kyle Gustafson/Swim Bike Run Photography. (Kyle Gustafson/Swim Bike Run Photography)

Photos from the 2014 George Washington Parkway Classic 10 Mile & 5K in Alexandria VA. Sunday, April 13, 2014. Photo by Kyle Gustafson/Swim Bike Run Photography. (Kyle Gustafson/Swim Bike Run Photography)

Photos from the 2014 George Washington Parkway Classic 10 Mile & 5K in Alexandria VA. Sunday, April 13, 2014. Photo by Kyle Gustafson/Swim Bike Run Photography. (Kyle Gustafson/Swim Bike Run Photography)

Photos from the 2014 George Washington Parkway Classic 10 Mile & 5K in Alexandria VA. Sunday, April 13, 2014. Photo by Kyle Gustafson/Swim Bike Run Photography. (Kyle Gustafson/Swim Bike Run Photography)

 

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