Pretty Muddy released their official race photos this morning.
Running the course or hopping on one leg? I’ll let you be the judge. 😉
I really like this photo.
It makes me want to climb that rope wall all over again. It really was fun! 🙂
BUT, I think my FAVORITE photo is this one.
Why, yes, that IS my camera sticking out of my sports bra there. I know a few of you were asking where I kept my camera during the obstacles, well, there you go.
Speaking of cameras… I think I’m due for a follow up post on that sports bra lovin’ camera, correct?
The camera is the Olympus Tough TG-1 I bought towards the end of September
The Olympus TG-1 is built to be a “rough and tough” camera. It’s waterproof, shockproof, and idiot proof (they don’t advertise “idiot proof” on the box – I threw that one in there 😉 ). It also has new lowlight technology with the ability to go to a f2.0. I bought it after my Canon S95’s untimely death and was hoping it would replace replace both the Canon S95 and my lackluster waterproof camera (Fuji WP).
I brought the TG-1 through the Pretty Muddy course on Saturday and LOVE, LOVE, LOVED it. The camera took some amazing, high-quality photos AND survived the water, mud, and inside of my sports bra.
One of the things I didn’t like about my former waterproof camera was the extreme low-quality of photos you got any other time you weren’t underwater. All photos taken in bright sunlight were slightly fuzzy, washed-out, and just plain bad. The TG-1’s photos were crisp, clean, and looked almost as good as any photo I could get with my DSLR.
So from an outdoor/adventure aspect – this camera rocks and I couldn’t recommend it enough for that.
Unfortunately I can’t say the same for the quality of the indoor photos.
It’s not an easy camera to program. The settings don’t stick, so if I put it on “P” and program it to tungsten lighting without a flash and turn the macro on – it all reverts back to the standard auto settings the minute I turn it off and back on – that’s frustrating! There are the “C1” and “C2” options that you can pre-program to automatically pop-up to the settings you want them to stick to, but I haven’t quite figured out how that works yet (reading the manual might help there 😉 )
It’s also not 100% manual like the S95 was. I can change the white balance, macro, and flash, but I can’t manually set the f-stop or shutter speed. The flash is also funky. If you’re in auto, it doesn’t always allow you to force the flash or to simply turn it off.
The indoor photos are also not as sharp or crisp as the S95 and the camera itself is kind of bulky and obnoxious to carry around. I’ve had a few people comment on how much of a brick it is.
Now, after saying all of that, I still love the Olympus Tough TG-1 simply because it does take awesome outdoor photos and it’s a great camera to have for races or other outdoor adventures. Do I wish I still had my Canon S95? Yes. The TG-1 was meant to be a replacement for the S95, but in a perfect world I would have both. I may still purchase a new S95 in the far-off future (once I save up the $$ or find a killer deal on it), but for now the Olympus TG-1 is doing the job. I’ve also been relying a lot of my Samsung Galaxy S3 for photos lately, another great alternative.