Night Shooting

Last night I left the house with my camera, tripod and running gear, aiming to capture images for Brooks #Brooksbeseen competition. The criteria is simple, take pictures of you wearing high vis/reflective clothing.

What I didn’t anticipate was how warm it was at the end of October at 10pm. It was still baking hot!
Set up underneath a footpath, lined with trees and lampposts, I began to experiment.

I was after two shots. One long exposure, the other reflecting my clothing.

For this I used a Canon 7D with a 24-105 F4 L lens, mounted on a Monfrotto tripod. For light I used a Lifesystems Intensity 24 head torch and as well as a prototype. The prototype is powerful, so this would be used for fill lighting and to reflect light of the reflective strips on the clothing. The intensity (pictured below) would be worn or held, to to create lightwaves or patterns. Using the two red LED’s, I held this in my hand facing the camera and ran as I normally would, making sure it was always facing in the right direction. Light painting at night is really good fun, and something anyone can try if their camera, phone or GoPro Hero 4 has the ability to alter the shutter speed.

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THe long exposures as ever were good fun, playing around seeing what could be achieved. Making sure the camera was not over sensitive was key as the shutter would be open for up to 8 seconds. I used the self timer to allow me to get into shot and not to disrupt the camera.

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The reflective shots were harder, as for this I really needed a flash. I resorted to using the built in flash, however ideally I need a flash gun which can be mounted independently of the camera for greater effect. Writing this in the comfort of my house, I may head out again as more ideas are entering my mind.

What resulted can be seen below. Two combined the long exposure with a flash and that had an interesting effect. The third was just using the flash.

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Ultimately; patience, creativity and resourcefulness are what are required. Experiment and don’t worry about failing, after you only see a select few of a pros shots (and I am certainly not one).

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Like the Wind

Like the Wind isnt just a magazine.

Art, literature, photography and inspiration combined.

Contributions from the world’s elite and every days sit side by side.

This week they have placed a pop up shop in Shoreditch, with workshops and the UK premiere of Trails in Motion; the world’s first trail running film tour.

All shall be revealed this weekend.

MyOutdoors.co.uk

I have a new voluntary job.

I will be a gear testing, review writing, film watcher for MyOutdoors.co.uk.

I met the head honcho Dave three years ago at SHAFF, and bumped into him again at BAF last month.
When I head he was after some reviewers I applied immediately.
I like kit, sorry let me rephrase that. I love kit.
Furthermore I love the detail and discussing it’s merits and shortfalls.
I spend hours looking online at reviews before I purchase my own.

Life just got even more outdoorsy 🙂

Nursing

So, my knee didn’t like the marathon.

Something flared up and put an end to the running element.

Mental endurance took over.

Simply pushing through the pain wasn’t sensible or practical. Stopping, why should I? It wasn’t at that stage of severity.

Watching hundreds of runners you have passed, run seemingly effortlessly past you, with you unable to do anything about it. Soul destroying.

Crossing the finish line after walking past hundreds cheering you on, shouting your name. Incredible.

My leg was sore for the rest of the day, but on the whole it is back to its old self.

I will get it looked at. I’m not running at present. Taking things easy. Eating well and getting good sleep.

The bigger picture is what is important. You can’t change the world from one run, but you could through many.

That wasn’t the intention

Marathon Eryri.

The weather was blustery, precipitation lightly fell and the task big.

Setting off from the start, running up from Nant Peris to Pen Y Pass felt strong. I made my way past many, enjoying the climb and the impending descent that would follow.

As we ventured off road, down the rock covered path, runners could be seen across the valley at the top of the pass.

But it wasn’t until the 20 mile mark, 3 hours in that things became interesting. I felt a dull ache on the outside of my right knee. Experience told me this wasn’t good. I’ve suffered in the past from a similar injury, which has left me unable to climb or descend stairs. I continued to run, until I was reduced to breaking up short runs with walks.

This soon became a permanent walk.

I knew I could push through it, but doing so could result in a lengthy injury and therefore it really wasn’t working. My walk became a limp, and it was with this that I descend the steep lanes into LLanberis. The pain excruciating, I kept all weight off my right leg and my pace was reduced to a crawl.

The end of the video documents the finish line, you should be able to hear their support for yourself.

I’m not afraid to see the support was overwhelming and reduced me to tears.

This is why I love running.

Social Medias impact

My video of the Ennerdale Ultra has Ben doing the rounds, both through me sharing it and subsequently others.

Places I didn’t expect to find it;

Personal Facebook pages
Wild Running Facebook Page
Heason Events Facebook Page
Ultra Running Community Facebook page (1st time as posted it myself later)
High Terrain Events Facebook Page
Run Steep Run High Twitter

This has meant it got a lot more viewings than I ever anticipated, just shy of 300. Not bad for someone with no following online.

Marathon Eryri

Saturday marks the Marathon Eryri or Snowdon Marathon to those not familiar with Welsh.

Taking in climbs around the horseshoe, it’s certainly got more going on then other famous events such as London.

With mountain weather, lumps and descents it should be a good challenge.

My aims are to:

A. Complete it
B. Do so in a reasonable time
C. Film it
D. Don’t destroy my legs for Sundays surprise (have booked myself and my partner onto something pretty unique).

At the moment it’s looking like it could be a little wet, at least the videos will be consistent.

Going Ultra

I ran my first ultra marathon on Sunday. 32 and a bit miles in the North West Lakeland Fells. Ennderdale to be precise.

Gale force winds, heavy rain showers and sodden ground didn’t deter me.

6 miles of greasy rocks and roots tried to fell me.

But I held up and completed the race.

Sit back, grab a brew and enjoy all the scenery without the suffering.

The weekend ahead

I’m off to the Lakes in the morning.

Sunday sunrise marks the Ennerdale Ultramarathon, a scenic 50K around the lake and valley.

My first ultra and a treat.

My partner will be running the 10K, I just hope she likes waiting around.

I’ll be testing my S-LAB Hydro 12 for the first time carrying weight and for extended hours. The brief runout at the Steeplechase brims me with confidence, as I had no issues.

I’m looking to meet MarathonManUK who I’ve been looking forward to meet for many months after following his incredible endurance challenge, awareness and fundraising.

Reminiscing

Last year I ran the Glencoe Marathon.

I didn’t train, I didn’t give it much thought. It was very much a last minute thing.

So as it’s a Thursday and the world of social media is alive with #tbt #tbthursday, I thought why not do my first and maybe my last.

The video shows the pasta party the night before, which I gave a small speech for the NSPCC, along with the race.
It is one of the most scenic runs in the UK, and it’s tough. Seriously tough.