Ottawa Marathon

Last year I took some photos at the Ottawa Marathon but the weather was really not nice (foggy and grey sky). This year Mother Nature gave us a break and brought the sun for the last part of the race. Also last year I was still in the learning process of the art of photography and I pick a spot where the background was a construction site. Result many photos were with a metal fence and traffic cone. Yes choosing the background is as important as the subject, I learned my lesson.

I took 1041 photos of the marathon, it’s the most photos I’ve taken in one occasion. Tomorrow there won’t be 1041 left. At a sporting event you have to take a lot and delete a lot. So here are a few of my favorites.

Agnes Kiprop, one of the woman elite runner, she finished  in 4th

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And then came the sun ….. and the heat

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Sponges and plastic cups …. A lot of it

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 Yes you see right, a full marathon with a wool kilt, sporran, leather belt and buckle, wool socks with the flashes, the only missing thing to make it 100 % Scottish is the haggis.

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I’ve been taking a lot of birds’ photo lately. Spring means that birds are coming back from their migratory southern trip and trees are still without leaves, so it is much easier to catch those feathered friends. It’s also the first time that I am putting some serious efforts at the task of bird photography, not always with the results I want but …. It’s a long way to the top and you can reach it one step at the time. I have to say macro photography with unanimated objects is much easier but when you catch a bird in action, the pleasure is not the same. So here are some feathered creatures that are part of the Woodpecker family.

Female Northern Flicker

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Pileated Woodpecker

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 Hairy Woodpecker

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