Anyone shoot outdoor track?

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At the local univeristy they have just one or two home meets per year. This weekend was the Raider Invitational which attracted athletes from many schools. Here are my best from two days of competition.

If you shoot outdoor track post your best here.


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Bob, those are great! They make my shots seem so cliché, which is actually a good thing in my mind because I can always use fresh ideas for fresh perspectives. I don't think any of the pole vaults I go to are oriented toward the sun that way, but I'll keep an eye out for that. Last meet the vaulting didn't get going until the light was fading; none of those shots are really good because the sky just went white as I cranked up the ISO.

From that meet, with our three county high schools and the city school:

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The girl is a gymnast at my daughters' gym and is just a great athlete; I have a few more pics of her I can post.
 
I don't but I would love to try it!!
excellent photos!!
 
I know the kid in the middle from wrestling; I was not expecting to see him at the meet but he sure has sprinters' musculature. Runners from all three of our county schools are in that shot. They were coming at me fast, so I had to get out of the way!

And a nice backlit shot of the girl starting her triple-jump run at an earlier meet.

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Thanks for the comments Anton. I love that hurdle shot. The 300/2.8 is such a nice lens.

Here are a few more from the meet.

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The 300/2.8 is such a nice lens.
It shines on the R3. When I bought it a year ago I was really thinking it had a problem. I never got good results on the R7 and it was better but rarely awesome on the 7D2. Maybe it just takes 1-series battery oomph (which the R3 has) to let it get to work.
 
It's a little annoying at times using a prime at a track meet, but the subject separation with the 135mm f/1.8 is unbelievable. I had to use a 2 stop ND filter so i could stay at f/1.8 (1/8000 wasn't fast enough and i wanted to stick with the mechanical shutter):

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I had to use a 2 stop ND filter so i could stay at f/1.8 (1/8000 wasn't fast enough and i wanted to stick with the mechanical shutter):
It says you were at 1/4000 and ISO 320, so it seems to me that you had two stops available through the camera settings. Do you ever use ISO 50? I just discovered that the other day.
 
i tried once. about 11 years ago when my daughter went out for the track team in 8th grade. the weather was abysmally cold and no one had any fun. i didnt do all that great shooting either

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It says you were at 1/4000 and ISO 320, so it seems to me that you had two stops available through the camera settings. Do you ever use ISO 50? I just discovered that the other day.
I shoot jpg AND with highlight tone priority which means the ISO can't go below 200. In my opinion, canon does a fantastic job of "getting it right" in camera and I see no reason to shoot RAW. Outside with clouds, it gets bright, then cloudy, then bright, etc ... so I shoot manual with auto ISO. Thanks for the comment and thoughts.

I think without the filter, it would have been f/1.8, 1/8000, and ISO 160 (is that right?) ... which I wouldn't have been able to do with highlight tone priority turned on
 
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