Track Meet Taping

Track meet c 1965This was one of those technically challenging situations where I didn’t quite measure up to the challenge. The subject is leaning over with his face in the shadows, and the background is full of confusion and clutter.

It’s a nice moment, but I could have done a better job of capturing it. (If I was in one of my Fine Arts classes, I would have tried bluffing: “I made his face dark because I wanted to show him alone with his thoughts.”)

Still, I’m pretty sure it won at least an honorable mention in a photo contest, probably because it was different than most sports action shots.

Spring athletes got shorted

I’ve written before that the students who participated in spring athletics got the short end of the stick. By that time, everybody is focused on getting out of school, and the yearbook has already gone to press, so they won’t get recognition until the following year.

Here are some earlier track and field posts:

SEMO Track Meet

SEMO track c 1964-1967Like I mentioned in another track story, the boys and girls of spring didn’t get a lot of attention. Their sports usually took place after the yearbooks closed, and they didn’t have the hoopla of basketball, football and even baseball.

I’m pretty sure this shot won some prize or another in a photo contest, but I can’t remember which one. I suspect it was less because it was a great shot (although I do like the falling hurdle), but for the fact that it doesn’t show any wardrobe malfunctions. It’s almost a cliche shot, but one of the reasons that some phrases and photos become cliches is that they tend to work.

Track meet photo gallery

Since I’m short on info, I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. Click on any picture to make it larger, then use your arrow keys to move through the gallery.

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