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Cool Photos from Race for Life fun run yesterday

I've not had much opportunity to take photographs recently that are not work-related, but yesterday I went some way to putting that right, running off nearly 700 shots at the Race for Life Cancer Research charity fun run in Cassiobury Park, Watford.

My wife, Julia, and my youngest daughter, Lara, and her friend, Amy, took part and raised over 200 for the cause. Julia has posted a blog update on the subject too.

Events like these are a rich source of great pictures of people. I used only a 50-200 SWD with an E-30. A selection of 75 shots was uploaded to a gallery album dedicated to the day on one of my other photography sites, Digital Photography Now.

I used continuous AF and continuous shooting for most of the shots, and experimented with different AF point selections. The 'all points' mode did a better job than I was expecting. Predictive AF tracking subjects moving towards me at a jogging pace did a good job too.

One thing I did have trouble with was the 50-200 hunting around the wrong end of the focus range at times and I feel that the next generation of this lens should have a focus range limiter switch.

Anyway, here are a few from the gallery:



Lara, Julia, and Amy, showing off their medals!



















I actually post processed these at home on my children's PC As this 'only' has Lightroom 1.4 installed, I used Adobe DNG Converter 5.4 to convert to DNG so I could import the RAW files in to LR 1.4 (there is, and never will be E-30 support natively in LR 1.4 - only LR 2.3 and later). The monitor is well overdue for recalibration, I hope that nothing is too far off true!

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Re: Photos from Race for Life fun run yesterday

I must apologise if you are seeing over-saturated images of mine in this thread and in the linked gallery. The images look fine in a colour managed browser, but they look on the rich side in IE8. They are sRGB, which is the recommended colour space for Web browsers. But that is no guarantee of correct appearance in browsers that don't support colour management.

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Re: Photos from Race for Life fun run yesterday

Hi Ian,

What a great event to photograph, you've captured some wonderful expressions on the faces of the runners!
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What a great event to photograph, you've captured some wonderful expressions on the faces of the runners!
Thanks John - but do the colours look OK to you ?!

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Re: Photos from Race for Life fun run yesterday

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The colours look OK to me Firefox with colour management enabled.

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The colours look OK to me Firefox with colour management enabled.

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Yes, that confirms what I'm seeing here.

It does seem that if developing from RAW and making some extensive changes while processing, the sRGB space is filled out and causes the mismatch colour shifts in non managed browsers. Lightroom uses the ProPhoto RGB space for its working environment and even when exporting as sRGB the space of the resulting file is too big for non-managed browsers

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Thanks John - but do the colours look OK to you ?!

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The colours look fine!
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Re: Photos from Race for Life fun run yesterday

Hi Ian

I am viewing the images on a Macbook using Firefox and the images look spot on to me. I have experienced this though before and have received some feedback informing me that my images were over processed! I advised the feedback-er to use a colour managed browser and monitor

I especially notice this when I am connected to my dual monitor set up - the colours on the Macbook look much cleaner and accurate than when viewed on my Phillips monitor.

Great set of images as well...
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Re: Photos from Race for Life fun run yesterday

When I read the techniques others use to ensure accurate colour I worry that I'm not seeing what others are, particularly when it comes to posting my own images on the forums. The only thing I've ever done to my monitor is plug it in but the colours seem to match the output I get from my printer. Now, it maybe that I'm just lucky but it could also indicate that my own colour vision is slightly defective and does not permit me to observe subtle differences in colour....
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Re: Photos from Race for Life fun run yesterday

Great set of pics Ian and I hope you enjoyed the day, shooting for yourself is always enjoyable, and know how you feel as having just had carpel tunnell surgery it was the first time I had picked a camera up for over a week at a local 1940's event this sunday.

Colours look fine on my calibrated monitor, albeit that typical ACR warm skintones.

To be honest unless they have a colour managed browser then no one is going to see them the same, as you are not veiwng a srgb image but veiwing them in your monitor colour space which will vary to some small degree depending on the monitor even if its calibrated.
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