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Happy faces show willing. It was a nice day.
While your photo has caught some of the atmosphere it isn't really an action photo because it doesn't show any action or a key moment in the event. Your shutter speed is way too slow to freeze movement and your autofocus has missed the main person in the photo. The guy with the beard is more in focus.
As ever with sports photography, your photo would be much improved if you'd shot from a lower angle.
Sports photography rules (in nearly all cases) - 1. Shoot in aperture priority, wide-open; 2. Use your ISO to keep your shutter speed at at least 1/640th, preferably a fair bit higher. 3. If the light is consistent, shoot in 'Manual', wide-open, and using your ISO to manipulate your shutter speed.
Thanks for your comments danh. I don't consider myself a sports orientated photographer (as my gallery pictures indicate), but acted as my son's chauffeur to this event as he was running. I snapped him and shot a number of other pictures at the event including this one which is actually a crop from about a quarter of the full image.
I think that the picture is reasonably sharp for my purposes and I'm happy to say that it portrays the buoyant feelings at the commencement of the event, feelings that all too soon wore off when the run was under way, at least from people's expressions.
Were I more into sports photography I would definitely take your advice on board and heartily recommend it to others keen on this genre. Thank you.
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