State Cross Country Remote Camera Outakes

© Matthew Jonas 2011/Evergreen Newspapers 2011

I set a remote camera during every race I had to cover at the 2011 CHSAA State Cross Country Championships this year. I had some success and a few failures. Speaking of failures (WARNING: Rant Approaching), CHSAA has once again made covering the finish line nearly impossible for photographers. They continue to insist on having non essential personnel clogging the finish line. It is the most disorganized event I cover each year. I dread having to cover it. I know I’m not alone in this respect. (Rant over) Anyway here are a few select pictures from my remote along with some explanations.

© Mathew Jonas 2011/Evergreen Newspapers 2011

This is a shot from the finish line. Its not the sharpest frame from a remote I made. I had the shutter speed set too low. Live and learn. It’s also a picture of a runner from a school we don’t cover. It got left on the cutting room floor.  Directly after this sequence I learned why I shouldn’t place a remote at the finish line.

© Matthew Jonas 2011/Evergreen Newspapers 2011

Yep. One of those essential “staff” members at the finish line. What exactly was he doing? Oh, that’s right, he was directing runners TO CROSS THE FINISH LINE. Essential.

© Matthew Jonas 2011/Evergreen Newspapers 2011

This frame actually kind of worked. I submitted it for publication. The runner seen through the legs is from Evergreen High School, a school we cover and needed photos of from State.

© Matthew Jonas 2011/Evergreen Newspapers 2011

The frame above is an average frame from the remote. The 2 runners in the lead are from schools that we don’t cover. The runner directly behind them is from a school that we do cover. Everything is sharp, the angle is good but the action is not spectacular.

Ultimately, we ended up publishing a few pictures from the remote giving readers of our papers a unique view from the races.

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