Advice for Photographing Running Events?
I'm a budding runner, but our club is looking for a new photographer for their Winter Series which is every Sunday from December to February regardless of temperature or conditions. The courses go from a 5K to a half marathon through an extremely hilly and scenic park and I offered if they can't find someone else.
Any and all tips would be GREAT. My current set-up is a Canon T1i with a 17-55, 100 2.0 and 200 2.8. I wouldn't be horribly opposed to getting one of the 70-200 4.0's particularly if that might be "better" match for a crop sensor than the 100-400 that's on the wish list.
The runners start, of course, in a group of 300+ and then thin out. Does it make sense to maybe use the 17-55 initially (with the aperture at around 8 or so) at the start and then move over to the 100 catching each runner individually at 2.8 or so with a center-point focus? Might the 200 2.8 potentially be better or would you say that I really need to get a 70-200 4.0 IS or the one without IS?
I'll be sticking with JPEG's. When everything's white with snow should I probably knock out a custom white balance? Any other nuances in the snow like maybe spot metering or anything like that?
Thanks in advance for any discussion.