Marathon Refreshment

This morning I awoke early to participate in a Community Service project for The Cleveland Photographic Society .  We were shooting participants representing the Organization for Autism Research and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society who were running in the Cleveland Rite Aid Marathon.  Thousands and thousands of runners took part.  After shooting the runners shortly after the start, as they approached the top of the Cleveland Shoreway bridge over the Cuyahoga River, I moved to another location, somewhere around the 14 mile point in the race at a refreshment station.

Cool refreshment

While still trying to pick out and photograph runners from the two organizations, I was also shooting interesting looking runners as they drank and showered themselves with water.  While it was still fairly early in the morning, the sun was bright and the temperature was rising!  After seeing this first photo I decided to make an effort to capture more like it, with water frozen in time being splashed on faces, heads and backs, in an effort to cool themselves down.

The big spill

These two photos were my favorites, capturing the spilling and splashing water at high shutter speeds and recording slices of time!

About Kolman Rosenberg

My interest in photography began as a college newspaper and yearbook photographer during the stormy 1960s and 1970s. I was influenced by many of the great photojournalists and documentary photographers such as W. Eugene Smith, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Margaret Bourke-White and other black and white photographers of Life Magazine and the earlier Farm Security Administration. Though many of these photographers documented the horrors of war and the plight of poverty, they also showed me the dignity and adaptability of human beings in their desire to prevail.
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7 Responses to Marathon Refreshment

  1. Bob says:

    Nice capture, Kolman. Are you going to shoot the marathon again this year?



    • Thanks Bob! This was today! Tough getting up at 4:30, leaving the house at 5:00 to get down there before the roads were closed! Especially after last night’s festivities!


      Sent from my iPad


  2. Barb Cerrito says:

    Awesome marathon shots! I just love how you stopped action but still showed so much action.


  3. ksmith42 says:

    Mom & I were running the 10K yesterday. Great photos!


  4. ksmith42 says:

    Mom & I ran the 10K part of this yesterday. Great photos!


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