A colorful take

I’m slowly delving into other events apart from sports, just because the summer sports season is obviously a little bit slower. But I wanted to talk a little bit about last year’s Color Run, aka: Your camera’s worst nightmare.

I’d been warned of the dangers of taking a DSLR to a color run event. Starch-based powder flying everywhere, getting stuck in the tiny intricate parts of your camera, ruining your hard earned dollars and possibly your livelihood. So a few days prior to I read up on how to protect your kit from the powder disease.

I covered everything in plastic baggies and duct tape and kept everything in Ziploc bags and carried around a can of compressed air. I tried my best to keep my distance, but obviously that’s hard when the idea of it is to get in the middle of everything.

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ColorRun

ColorRun

I’d never witnessed one of these things before, and neither had my D300. It’s safe to say that I was very lenient with the auto detailer when I returned to work that day.

But the event itself was difficult to photography. The flying powder pretty much tinted everything and gave some of the photos a bit of a haze. Some of them turned out to be really Walking Dead-esque — disembodied heads floating out of the mist.

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But the interesting part of it was how everything was doused in color. Hair, hands, clothing, faces, glasses. People went dressed to snag a bit of the color on their way out.

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ColorRun

ColorRun

ColorRun

 

This year I definitely have some things planned for when it gets covered — ways to improve on last year, ways to do something different. I definitely want to get there a lot earlier and stick around a lot later. And maybe cover my gear a little bit better so that I can get a little bit closer.

ColorRun

 

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