Georgia Marathon

The first annual Georgia Marathon is this Sunday, starting at 7:00 AM EDT* (wow that’s early). If you’re in the area, come by to cheer on the runners! I’ll be down near the corner of North Highland and Saint Charles taking pictures (popping back and forth between N. Highland and Briarcliff). If you see me, say hi!

It was nigh impossible to find the course map on the website, so I provide the link here.

You might think that watching a marathon is boring, and you might find it so, but I find it exciting to cheer on the runners, especially the runners toward the back who are out there only for their own enjoyment. The energy coming off of them is contagious, and I try to share it back to those runners who need a bit of a boost.

I will be posting all of the pictures I take of the Georgia Marathon on my Flickr account, subject to the Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share Alike Creative Commons restrictions. However, if you are in the photo, I’m exempting you from all restrictions and you can take the image with my compliments. I hope that this will provide a service to those runners who want some photo documentation of their run, yet don’t want to pay a professional photo company an arm or a leg (or both) for the image. I don’t promise to take a picture of everyone (there’ll be 15,000 people!) but I’ll do what I can.**

I invite all photographers at the Georgia Marathon to follow my lead and let the runners have the images of themselves, with whatever restrictions you desire, for their own use.

*I assume that they scheduled the start and forgot to account for the changed daylight saving time. 7:00 right now is just past dark and into a bit of twilight. Not exactly good running light.
**In case anyone from any of the photography companies gets up in arms about this, I’d like to point out that I will not be indexing the photos by bib number, nor framing, nor matting, so I don’t think I’ll be impacting your business.

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One Response to Georgia Marathon

  1. James Cronen says:

    Even if someone from one of the photo companies does get wind of this, it doesn’t matter. They don’t have the exclusive rights to photograph the event, otherwise cameras would be banned from the sidelines.

    And if someone did somehow try to convince you not to take pictures because of some dubious “copyright” provisions, fight back. One can’t copyright images of people participating in public events on public land.

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