The Melbourne Color Run inaugural event was held this year at Flemington Racecourse. Though I didn’t enter (Sarah did) I tagged along despite not feeling the best this weekend to take some photos (It’s been awhile…)
This event was a heap of fun actually, considering there was no alcohol (that I saw) around the people were all pretty pumped. Great atmosphere!
The finish festival is where most of the action happened – participants gather around a stage with a DJ (colour packs were constantly thrown out to the dancing crowd) who coordinated (and some times not so coordinated) the people to go spastic with the powder simultaneously – resulting in a pretty spectacular display of colour exploding everywhere.
I did get into one part of the course where the Blue station was. There were many other colour stations setup but this was the only accessible one, partly due to non-existent security. Volunteers had barrels of the colour, which they loaded into what I’d call huge sauce bottles to squirt those who were running by. This made for some hilarious photos of people getting shot in the face…
After I left that area the security guards were out and that would be that, glad I got a few rippers from that area though.
So photo wise, I shot on shutter priority for most of the event. Powder, things shooting out, all fast paced stuff which you’d want to freeze so 1/500th to 1/1500th is what I stuck with. Lots of contrast/levels adjustments to really make the colour pop in this set. It’s all very contrast-y as you can probably tell.
One thing I didn’t think about was the powder. To be honest I hadn’t done any research into this event and just rocked up for some fun. The powder gets in EVERYTHING. No problem for the environmental shielding of the 5D2 and 24-70/70-200 so I wasn’t really concerned. Just had to be careful when changing lenses if there was a huge cloud of the crap coming my way. Some other photographers there went to pretty great lengths to tape up and bag up their gear though. Also noticed many GoPro’s around too.