What a weekend.

My lovely girlfriend and her mother both coach a high school swim team on the west side of the metro Atlanta area. Several weeks ago, I offered to come to their state meet, if they could get me a credential/deck pass.

When they came through, I headed online and placed a rental order for a 300mm telephoto lens; around May last year, I sold off pretty much all my gear, and no longer had the requisite pieces/parts to adequately cover the meet for the team.

Friday afternoon, I headed in to Atlanta just before rush “hour” started, and arrived at Georgia Tech’s aquatic facility — the site of the 1996 Summer Olympic swimming events.

Having not shot any true sporting events for well over a year, I’m definitely rusty. The pricey rental lens makes up for a bit of that, and I was proud of hand-holding the behemoth setup (roughly a 10-11lb dead weight for 4-5 hours both Friday and Saturday evening).

All things considered, I got some images that I was relatively happy with, and I know the parents and swimmers were happy with.

Then, for me, equally if not more exciting, was getting to see snow for the first time! The Atlanta area and further north got what I would estimate to be around an inch to an inch and a half of snow.

Saturday, before finals of the State meet, I went for a 5.5-6 mile hike at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. (Pictures of my bike are from a snow ride on Sunday.)

And then lastly, back to finals and a few more select pics.

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