The Color Run in Bellingham, Wash.


On Sunday July 21, 2016, my assignment for The Bellingham Herald was to photograph the 2nd annual running of The Color Run. I shot it last year and had a lot of fun as well as learning the limitations of my camera. These were highlighted in my blog post Debut of The Color Run

In The Face!!!

In Your Face! - Volunteer Nina Poliquit of Olympia sprays participants with orange powder during The Color Run on Sunday morning Aug. 21, 2016, in downtown Bellingham, Wash. Several thousand participated in the "World's Happiest 5K" fundraiser to help benefit the Whatcom Family YMCA. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

In Your Face! – Volunteer Nina Poliquit of Olympia sprays participants with orange powder during The Color Run on Sunday morning Aug. 21, 2016, in downtown Bellingham, Wash. Several thousand participated in the “World’s Happiest 5K” fundraiser to help benefit the Whatcom Family YMCA. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

One of the first things I did was go to the website to learn about the course and any changes. It was pretty much the same as last year with minor changes in the obstacles. This year there was a bank of bubblers the participants ran through about 25 yards after the last color station. And yes, I incorporated both into one photo. The kicker is I also had to shoot a video for the website.

PARTAY!!!!!

PARTAY!!! - Participants dance and play with oversized beach balls at the after party during The Color Run on Sunday morning Aug. 21, 2016, in downtown Bellingham, Wash. Several thousand participated in the

PARTAY!!! – Participants dance and play with oversized beach balls at the after party during The Color Run on Sunday morning Aug. 21, 2016, in downtown Bellingham, Wash. Several thousand participated in the

And this was my first real video I had to shoot for any reason whatsoever!!! And it was fun!!! To say it was hard is a bit of a stretch.

I did learn one thing: pre plan what you want the result to be as  guide on what to shoot.

BUBBLES!!!!

Bubbles!!! - A volunteer sprays a participant with colored powder during The Color Run on Sunday morning Aug. 21, 2016, in downtown Bellingham, Wash. Several thousand participated in the "World's Happiest 5K" fundraiser to help benefit the Whatcom Family YMCA. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Bubbles!!! – A volunteer sprays a participant with colored powder during The Color Run on Sunday morning Aug. 21, 2016, in downtown Bellingham, Wash. Several thousand participated in the “World’s Happiest 5K” fundraiser to help benefit the Whatcom Family YMCA. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

And make sure the microphone is turned on. Yes, I changed a few settings and inadvertently turned off the microphone. So, no sound. I may add music a little later.

View the video on my website here: The Color Run in Bellingham, Wash., on July 21, 2016.

To view more photos of The Color Run, view the page The Color Run in Bellingham, Wash.

To see more of my editorial and photojournalism work, visit the galleries at My Work for the Bellingham Herald.

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Paul Conrad is an award-winning photographer living in Bellingham north of Seattle, WA, in the Pacific Northwest. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States and in Europe. He is available for assignments anywhere in the Pacific Northwest. Although his specialty is photojournalism covering news, sports, and editorial portraits, he also is skilled in family portraiture, high school senior portraits, and weddings.

His clients include Getty Images, Wire Image, AirBnB, The Bellingham Herald, and many local business in Whatcom County. Previous clients are Associated Press, the New York Times, L.A. Times, Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, and many others.

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