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The Alaska’s Women Gold Nugget Triathlon has been running since 1968. There were 1,625 bibs issued for the 2016 race. The triathlon’s purpose is to improve the lives women and girls through athletics. Several hundred volunteers help run the event smoothly. The race includes a 500-yard swim, 12-mile bike ride and 4.1-mile run. The race has staggered starts. Women start the first stage of swimming at 8:30 am and the last swim-wave ends around 3:30 pm. Kinsey Laine (Bib 1-image 12) won the triathlon in 1 hour, 4 minutes and 42 seconds. Rebecca McKee (Bib 5-image 26) was second.

The low-level sun provided golden light for several hours. It was a bright day, which produced harsh facial shadows. I under exposed images to make sure highlights were not blown out, but many images were contrasty to use.

I shot with my Nikon D810 and Nikon 70-200mm f/4 zoom. I used a monopod to allow for slower shutter speeds. I used apertures of f/4 for narrow depth of field, which provided just the right amount focal depth. Larger F-stops provide too much depth of field and the not quite out of focus backgrounds compete with in-focus facial shots. I will remove any photo upon request by contacting me at bartz@englishoephotography.com or 907-240-1025.
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