I’m not a runner. I’ve never understood why people would voluntarily run without being chased. What makes it more mind-boggling is that large groups of people actually pay to run. I’ve gone round after round about this with my wife, who is a runner. We just agree to disagree.
So I was intrigued when she signed up to run in the Chupacabra 10k Headlamp Run. Why would people would run 6.2 miles through the woods, on a dirt trail at night?
I figured since I’d be out there supporting my wife (and the other runners), I might as well take some photos along the way. It would be a good way to exercise my ‘night shooting’ abilities. I was excited about the prospect of shooting in the dark and wanted to try some long exposure shots.
I knew going in the challenges of shooting in nearly pitch black areas. The runners’ head lamps could be a cool source of streaking light, but otherwise would need to illuminate the scene artificially. As I continue to try to carry less and less gear, I decided to take one camera body, a flash and two lenses. No tripod. No elaborate light setup. Not even a camera bag.
About a thousand runners turned out to race, which I would classify more as a fun run. There were no awards at the end, but there was free beer and burgers for the runners. Hmm…maybe that’s why they run.