So it was off to the great north west for me this past week, I had yet another marathon to photograph for Competitor Group. This was an exhausting week of trekking around Seattle Washington. Don’t get me wrong, I had a great time, but I was on the go 15-18 hours every day. I have lots of great images to share, there are 3 links in this post. One of the highlights for me was to capture Mt. Rainier in my panoramas of Seattle. From what I was told, Rainier is only visible for roughly 30 days a year. I don’t know how true that is, but I was glad it was visible the second night I went to capture a panorama of the city.
The day of the marathon, thank goodness it was a 7am start! I rented a scooter to get around the course and in and out of traffic, at 5:30 I started my journey and it was pretty cold considering I was not in a car to protect me from the wind. I had many confrontations with the local police telling me I was not allowed near the course, even though I had the official pass on my scooter allowing me access. So rather than get in trouble I found my way to as many of the set locations as possible. This marathon was not about capturing the runners as much as it was about getting logistical photos for Competitor. They needed images of water & medical stations as well as the details of the race necessities. Much of my day was capturing images I normally race past, but sometimes you get paid to do a job that isn’t as fun as the one before. I still captured some fun images and got access to places many will never get to visit. My final stop before hitting the VIP area was the top of the Qwest Field to shoot down on the finish from above. While I was there I asked if I could shoot the inside of the arena and permission was granted.
The people of Seattle were very gracious and I really enjoyed my visit. The weather was very accommodating, it only rained a few brief times and best of all it didn’t rain during the marathon!
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