Jun 16, 2012

Gladiators, kids and dogs ... a sunny Saturday morning

When you combine a bunch of crazy folks, mud, obstacles and beer, photo opportunities are bound to be plentiful. The Gladiator Rock'n Run had a stop in Terrell, so I went out early this morning to get some photos for the Tribune.
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It is important to note that shooting one of these things takes a bit of preparation. It is hot, dirty, and you will hike quite a bit to get to the obstacles. I did not stay for long, but I was glad to have my hiking boots, long pants, bug repellant and water. As with any other event, catching expressions and emotion is the key to good photos... luckily the obstacles bring out great faces from the contestants.
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The costumes worn by contestants can be humorous as well and are certainly worth a snapshot.
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Some obstacles offer more scenic photo possibilities... Gladiator Slideshow-4370

And at some you can get in for a good close-up... FBC Gladiators-4428

Having a camera around can elicit some strange behavior among friendly contestants...
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Still friends after 6 kilometers of insanity... Gladiator Slideshow-4578

The light was pretty harsh, but if you wait long enough, someone will be in the right spot for a shot.. Gladiator Slideshow-4473

After the first few waves of gladiator runners, I headed to a different running event - a summer youth track meet. These kids are always great to shoot. Youth Track June 16-4658

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Then it was one more stop to see how things were going at a special 'Dog Days' event with the Terrell Pet Adoption Center. Some dogs visited for shots and recreation...
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Others were hoping to go home with a new family... Dog-4728

Ah, that was fun. Did you take any photos this morning? Why not!? Have a great Fathers Day everyone. Don J.

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