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I took these photos during the 2014 Alaska Run for Women. The event has been running for 22 years. The main race is a 5-mile run. Around 6,300 women participated in the race. Over $175,000 was raised by runners for breast cancer research. Many of the participants are breast cancer survivors. The comradery between runners was obvious. The spirit of good feeling and friendship were easy to feel.

It was a cloudy day. I used my Nikon 70-200mm f/4 to zoom in on runner’s faces. It is hard to remain inconspicuous with my monopod and long lens. When zoomed out to 200 mm I can capture photos without being noticed. I use an aperture priority setting of f/4 to keep the background soft and out of focus. I usually use spot focusing but tried center-weighted average to see if I could acquire sharp focus on people’s eyes. The center-weighted setting did a pretty good job of focusing, but I believe spot focusing is more precise. I shoot RAW instead of JPEG to obtain as much photographic data as possible. I will remove any photograph upon request by contacting me at bartz@englishoephotography.com.
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