(written by Bill)
Went to Contra Loma Regional Park in Antioch yesterday to shoot the varsity boys and girls cross country meet between Liberty and Antioch High School.
This was a regular season meet with about 10-15 runners in each race on a 3.2 mile track. The course was very hilly making it a real challenge for the runners. Temps were in the low 80’s (Fahrenheit) with a light breeze and clear blue skies. What a wonderful location for the athletes with the park looking like a virtual oasis in the countryside.
As you can see in the photos, the athletes ran through trees, up over rolling hills of dry grass, and alongside a gorgeous lake. There were a number of wild turkeys in the park and they seemed somewhat perplexed by all the runners. All in all a beautiful setting and terrific race.
As a side note – I typically shoot cross country races with a Canon 70-200mm f2.8 lens which allows me to capture the runners from a distance and is fast enough to stop their motion. For this race, I decided to add my 2x extender (multiplier). It’s not that I needed the extra distance, I just wanted to see how the photos would turn out. After review, I noticed they weren’t quite as sharp. Not sure I’ll use the extender again for CC races. Comments?
You can see more photo’s of the race by clicking here, More CC photos
Hope you enjoy…