Hurdles (Scenes from a Track Meet)

Waiting the start of the women's 100m hurdles.


I took plenty of "action" photos at the recent NCAA track and field championship. But I decided to play around with some other things I shot to create this series: Scenes from a Track Meet. No real action, just bits and pieces of the event to give a sense of its whole.


I tried to give each of the photos a cross-processed look, too, just to give this a much different feel than the usual sports photography.


NOTE: This photo published online by Wired at

  • Luke Reynolds 4y

    super awesome this shot caught my eye
    I thought I'd send post this poem to tell you why
    It was the colour and the lines that did the trick
    But I better move on to your next shot nice n quick
  • .avina. 4y

    Love the repeition and leading lines. This shot's a keeper! I find that the background shots are often more meaningful than the action shots as they speak more broadly about the scene and allow the viewer to find a meaning for themselves.
  • Julie 4y

    great pattern shot
  • Ilia Alshanetsky 4y

    Wonderful Capture!!!
    Seen in the group "Sports Photographers"
  • Martin Fowlie 4y

    Reminds me of being 18 again. Love all the lines in this, well taken
  • Beatriz Pitarch 4y

    Great framming!
  • sightmybyblinded 4y

    i like the pattern and colors :) looks so nice.
  • GU-JO 4y

    looks great, good work!
  • keeva999 4y

    This is so cool, Phil--love the pov and color!
  • Paul Anning 4y

    Great lines - great repetition!
  • angelodaVerona 4y

    As the image open on the monitor, I could not understand what it was.
    At the end I was so struck by symmetrical beauty.
    Congratulations on a glance.
  • Pete Zarria 4y

    Great shot!
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  • Jorge Alejandro Gomez 4y


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    This fantastic shot was seen in the Singin' The Blues Group.
  • Enista 4y

    Love the repetition and the little piece of red

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  • Kevin Lloyd 4y

    The lines that lead the eye are great and the receding rows of hurdles give the photo a sense of rhythm. If there could be a single thing to elevate this further it would be for a single hurdle to be knocked down and break the repetition but I'm assuming this was beyond your control.

    Only other minor thing is that you could mute the colour of that cone in the top right to avoid it distracting the eye, though it's a very minor thing. Extremely strong shot overall.
  • Diana Susselman 4y

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Taken on June 11, 2011
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