These night images were taken in Nome, Alaska at the end of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. The winner, Dallas Seavey (Bib 16) arrived at the finish line at 2:20 am on March 15, 2016. Mitch Seavey (Bib 19) arrived at 3:05 am. Front Street was very loud as fans had been waiting hours for the winner to finish. A siren alerts everyone mushers are arriving and people line the street for several blocks cheering the first dog teams to cross the finish line. There were tourists, locals, dog handlers, media crews and kids at the finish line. The furs were out. It was around -9o F so there were beaver, seal, marten and fox hats and gloves everywhere.
There was different colored lighting at the finish line so I used my camera’s auto white balance setting with an ISO of 1600-3200. I shot with my Nikon my 24-120mm f/4 zoom lens and Nikon D810. I used a monopod since long exposures of 1/5 to 1/80 were standard. My shutter finger got really cold and it was hard at times to smoothly squeeze the exposure button. I lost a lot of good images due to subject and camera motion. The lighting colors cast on people’s faces were sometimes unrealistic looking and I had to adjusted the tint in Lightroom.
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