These images were taken on a cold day in Anchorage, Alaska. People’s faces were red from the weather. The Heart Run is one of the first running events of the season and draws around 5,000 participants. This is the 34th running of the event to raise money for the American Heart Association, Alaska Division. Runners collect hundreds of thousands of dollars. Most everyone had a smile on their face. A lot of families run together.
I used my Nikon D7000 and DX 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 lens attached to a monopod to take these photos. I set my camera for ISO 400, but could have used ISO 100 since it was a bright out. These photos were taken in JPEG and with a vivid setting, which is way too harsh for skin tones. Vivid turns faces pinkish. I had to spend a lot of time in Elements 9 correcting flesh tones. I upgraded to Lightroom 4 later and there is big different between what you can accomplish with Elements and Lightroom. Lightroom is a wonderful program for importing and enhancing images. Amateurs and processionals can benefit from Lightroom. Later I started shooting in RAW with a neutral color setting with zero sharping to keep faces soft without well-defined details. Raw files provide huge amounts of photographic data to work with in Lightroom. I will remove any photo upon request at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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