The Marathon happened last Sunday
and it was a glorious morning to grab the camera for a few shots.
It was amazing to see thousands of people running through the city
to achieve their personal goal.
Some seemed better prepared than others [IMHO]
but surely the experience was rewarding for all.
As for myself,
you know I don't often include people
but this was an opportunity
where people wouldn't find offence at being photographed.
I took a lot of pictures and had a hard time figuring out which ones to keep.
But after much pondering
and going back and forth,
gradually putting aside some and focusing on a few that stood out from the rest,
where the subjects's motion was properly captured
and the images were well balanced.
When I chose my spot on the Sherbrooke Street overpass,
I knew that at that time of the morning,
I would see the runners in a contre-jour,
with their shadow in front of them,
which was ideal for I wanted to accomplish here.
The sun was strong and the shadows were sharp.
Doing HDR mapping highlighted each individual
and I found out a few things along the way...
Let me show you the scenarios I came up with.
"DUO (E-2014+E-2010) [MARATHON DE MONTREAL 2014]"
These two were running side by side,
and given their respective number,
I suspect they were part of a group.
Whatever happened to the others,
I am merely speculating here,
but surely it is encouraging when doing this as a team
rather than by yourself,
helping you to push your limits a little further
to complete the task at hand.
"CLEARLY AHEAD (E-229) [MARATON DE MONTREAL 2014]"
I don't know where she is from,
but she was gliding through space very gracefully,
looking strong and resolute.
It was great to watch her run.
I hope she did well.
"2 THUMBS UP!! (1-1046+BARECHESTED GUY)
[MARATHON DE MONTREAL 2014]"
I noticed the one in the foreground that was giving a thumbs-up,
and it is only once I was back home
and looking at my pictures on the computer
that I noticed the barechested guy in the background
that was also giving me a thumbs up,
with a big smile too.
Clearly these guys were enjoying the experience
and were well prepared for this.
"WOOFY GUY (2-1249) [MARATHON DE MONTREAL 2014]"
I certainly wasn't at the marathon to troll for guys
but how could I resist this one!?!
His white t-shirt soaked with sweat,
revealing a hairy chest and belly.
This one got my vote!!
"DISTRACTED (1-3048) [MARATHON DE MONTREAL 2014]"
this one just as he was about to disappear under the overpass,
looking up at me...
Watch where you're going, man!!!
That was one of my concerns,
that I would cause someone a distraction
and someone would trip or something...
This was fun for me
and I suspect most participants also had a great time.
When I left home,
I followed a part of the itinerary
and there were stages along the way with rock bands playing loudly,
and since it was early in the morning,
I thought it was brave of them to give it their all this early.
It was not in vain
as it conferred a great mood to the event.
35 000 participants in total for all the events,
an army of volunteers to support them,
and lots of on-lookers to applaud their efforts;
going home happy,
the camera hanging off my shoulder,
loaded with potential!!
The battery almost gave out on me
but I knew I had enough here already...
Wouldn't you say!?!