2016 Downtown Olympic Shot Put
Downtown Lawrence Shotput

A view from the end of the pit at the 2016 Lawrence Downtown Shotput competition, part of the annual Kansas Relays.

The 2016 Downtown Olympic Shot Put, in Lawrence, KS, had it’s fifth annual competition on Friday, April 22 at the intersection of 8th and New Hampshire Streets. It’s really interesting to watch these large, hulking athletes hurl sixteen pound lead balls sometimes over 70 feet. It’s even more fun when it’s held in the middle of the street with beer and BBQ on site!

This event attracts a pretty good crowd everything and this year’s weather was perfect. A stage was set up for a band after the competition. There were inflatable games for the kids, as well as food, drink and delicious shaved ice treats.

This photo is a three-image, handheld HDR shot. I processed the 32-bit image in Lightroom before taking it into the NIK Collection’s Color Efex Pro. Shot with a Sony α6000 mirrorless camera with a Rokinon 12mm f/2.0 lens.

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