By Pete Williams
I’ve been around sports photographers for more years than I care to admit and always had a hunch that what they do is a lot more difficult than it looks. That proved to be the case on Sunday when I took my new DSLR camera to the Chilly Willy Duathlon in St. Petersburg.
I took more than 300 photos and there weren’t more than 20 that qualify as good. I have much to learn about settings and exposure and speeds, let alone adding action photography into the equation.
One photo stood out. A woman wearing a pink “Ironmom” T-shirt flew by me on the bike and somehow I managed to capture her look of focused determination – in focus. Her arms obscured her race number, so I figured I’d never ID her. But while scrolling through Facebook today, I found her tagged in someone else’s race photos.
She’s Yvette Weller Barrett: 40, U.S. Army veteran, wife, mom, and owner of a court reporting business in the Tampa Bay area. In other words, pretty much the impressive background you’d expect from a woman wearing such a determined expression. No surprise that her time (1:18:42) was among the best in her age group.