Life Time Chicago Triathlon

I was commissioned by Life Time to shoot Chicago Triathlon. They wanted to use some new images for Chicago Triathlon promo. Chicago creates a perfect background for any type of outdoor event but there is a catch with this sort of work. You need to shoot live during the race which means anything can happen. A typical shot would be on Lakeshore drive over the bridge looking West with all the skyline under a perfect sun. Guess what? Murphy’s Law! It’s been raining for a week and every morning was almost foggy. The night before the race I drove the race course again. Goal was to capture something unique to Chicago. Something that stands out from the other triathlons. And I think I found it. This morning it started foggy and dark as usual. We had the pro athlete start at Chicago Triathlon early morning. In the past it was always noon start due to TV broadcasting and waiting for the course to clear. But this year for safety reasons they moved the professional race before the age group race. This was a huge challenge since its pitch dark at 6 AM. I could live without swim shots but given the length of the swim it would be roughly 6:20 when they start the bike and add the overcast stormy sky, not ideal! Oh and we had a brand new course this year. Instead of doing two laps on the scenic Lakeshore Drive, it is now one lap at Lakeshore Drive and head into the Batcave under Wacker Drive. Yes it is actually the same location where they filmed Batman chase scenes.

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