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The Run to the Shrine

I originally published this on my running blog. I promise I won’t recycle material from there to here often.

I mentioned that one of my near-term goals is to run the Run to the Shrine. The Shrine in question is the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun that sits on Cheyenne Mountain overlooking Colorado Springs.

Today Mike’s Camera was holding a demo day at the zoo, which is the starting point of the run, and I snagged a couple of photos of the shrine from various points in the zoo. Walking through the zoo a couple of times today, I realized how challenging this race is actually going to be.

Most of these pictures, I took with a Canon 6D Mk II and an EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens (courtesy of Mike’s Camera).

The road is visible in the lower right corner of the photo.

This last photo was taken at an elevation about where the race starts. The Shrine is the turn-around point. I am definitely going to have to work on my hill running. We’ve driven the route a couple of times, and it’s almost non-stop climb from the zoo to the shrine.

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Moonset

There was a Mike’s Camera demo day at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo yesterday. I went and tried out the new Canon 6D Mk II and an EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens (wow, that’s a mouthful). The lens was pretty heavy, but it was nice to get just a little more reach than my typical 70-300mm lens gets. Such nice kit!

The 6D Mk II is really new, apparently there aren’t that many yet out. I didn’t get to spend a lot of time messing with the settings on that one; and after an hour, I returned it. I have been wanting the 6D Mk I since I used it a couple of years ago at one of these. I kept the 100-400 lens, but attached it to my own camera (an EOS Rebel T2i).

I will try to remember to mention which pictures I took with which kit over the next few days. It may not matter at all. I took this image of the moon setting over Cheyenne Mountain while I waited to sign out the stuff I wanted to try out. So this is with my go to rig: my T2i and my EF 75-300mm 4-5.6 III combo.