TriRocked In Philly
Back at the end of June, for the second year in a row, I had the great opportunity to shoot the TriRock Series Triathlon in Philadelphia. Full disclosure: Johnson & Johnson is one of the sponsors of event, and I was shooting it on behalf of them. It’s one of those great times when my day job and my passion intersect.
Since this was my second time around, I had a little bit better idea of what to expect – knew how the days would play out, where I needed to be when.
The one thing different this year – rain. It was in the forecast both days, so my primary concern was, if it rains, how do I keep the gear dry. Turns out, while the threat was there, and it did rain a little, nothing was compromised.
The day started early on Saturday. By 6:45, Alex Gorsky, J&J CEO, was addressing the employees who signed up to do the race, and who raised a ton of money in doing so. Maybe employees do the tri as a relay – each taking a leg. Some, though, do the whole thing by themselves.
Of course, there are a few “must get” shots – Alex thinking the competitors, then the big group shot. Alex does two parts of the triathlon himself as he’s a fitness fanatic as well.
Due to the rainy week that we had had, and the impending rain, the race organizers actually cancelled the swim portion. This disappointed many of the competitors as that’s what whey really train for. Still, everyone had a good time, and the feeling they had when they crossed the finished line was one of excitement…and relief.
The Kids Run even went off without a hitch. Those little kids could fly!
The Saturday race is open it the public though, so there are other racers. I had to grab this quick portrait of the bride and groom. They were doing the race in the morning, then going to get married in the afternoon.
Never did catch their names though…
We finished up the Saturday event and about an hour later, as I was getting back to my hotel room, the skies opened up and it poured. So, that led to a quiet evening of sitting in a hotel room, watching ESPN’s 30 For 30 and editing photos. It was another early start Sunday. And a wet start.
The race on Sunday is again open to the public but the distances are longer. More professional triathletes race on Sunday, and the nervous energy before the start is palpable. The early morning starting out misty, then by late morning, the sun was coming out and the humidity was rising. I knew Cameron Dye was a favorite, so I spent some time tracking him.
Sure enough, he would go on to break the tape and win the men’s division for the fourth year in a row.
On the women’s side, I caught a nice, moody shot of Dani Fischer during her run, and an exhausted Alicia Kaye after she crossed the finish line to win the women’s division. The humidity caught up to even the pros.
Again, though, if I saw an interesting portrait opportunity, I had to capture it…
As usual, I was shooting entire-to-detail, trying to tell the story. Gear wise, I stuck with what worked last year: My Canon 50D with my 24-105mm. I also rented (from BorrowLenses.com) a Canon 7D with the 70-200mm, f2.8 Canon lens. (Love that 2.8.) That said, I also I took my older f/4, 17-85mm so that I had a bit more width for that group shot. Unfortunately, I’m disappointed in the how that shot came out. Very soft at the edges. Next year, I think I may rent a fish-eye to get that shot. Live and learn.
Overall, despite the unpredictability of the weather, it was a great weekend hanging out in Philadelphia’s Fairmont Park.
(c) Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015