Recently I had the good fortune of securing a media pass for the 2015 Mt SAC Relays in Walnut, CA (MT SAC HOMEPAGE). Though I was not shooting for anyone in particular, I was using this as both a challenge to myself and as a way of sharpening my sports photography skills after a year off.
I had only brought a Sigma 70-300 f/4-5.6 and Nikon 50mm f/1.8 with me in order to force myself to pay more attention to anticipating the athletes movements and capturing a single frame rather than relying more heavily on continuous auto focus or spray and pray techniques.
I did well, I think. After time off and using a poor quality telephoto lens, I was happy with my composition and exposure. The less than ideal image quality let me know that I was in definite need of using higher quality glass. And so with this shoot, I decided it was time to replace my broken 70-200 f/2.8. Especially now since I will be shooting in the fall for Max Preps. Click on the image below to see more images from that day. There's even a few in there of standout 1500 meter runner Christian Soratos who was coached in community college by my former college coach, Christoper Zepeda (If you are thinking of running at the community college level, Coach Z is the man!).