Armed with my long tele-zoom lens, I managed to grab this shot as he popped up from behind a hill. I love shooting portraits with a long lens. This photo was taken at a focal length of 214mm. You can see how the long focal length compresses the foreground and the background in the photo. It's possible to get a similar look by shooting at a wide aperture setting, but I just really prefer the more isolated look I get from the long lens.
When running and gunning with quick moving subjects, it's usually best to stick with ambient light. This shot was lit by the sunlight coming in from camera left. A thin overcast cloud layer diffused the sun slightly and provided a great soft light.
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