I’ve been a bit slack over the last year. I haven’t taken anywhere near as many photos as I should have. Actually, I should say I haven’t been out to take photos. I realised this when I went to upload some pictures to Flickr from the 5k run at work, and saw that I hadn’t actually created many albums since the 5k run last year. It’s at this point I should say “I will aim to create an album a week”, but targets don’t help me. Deadlines do though, so I need to find a way to set deadlines.
As part of our work departmental games, one of the events was a 5k run around the site. This was done at lunchtime of a very hot day. It was 28 Celsius when I left at 5pm so I don’t know what it was like at 12. I was hot and I was in the shade! I was asked to take some photos. I tried a different approach this time in that I shot JPEG instead of RAW. I thought I would take more photos, but actually I should have taken RAW anyway. As there wasn’t that many runners I was able to try and get a couple of shots of all of them. I used my Nikon 18-200mm lens, but there were times when I wish I had something faster, but I ended up with some decent images.
The full set can be found here.
I always try to get down to the Eastleigh 10k run if I can. Last year, there were lots of people from where I work so I was concentrating on trying to get photos of them. This year I wanted to try and get some slightly different angles, and use shots I’d thought about getting rather than random shooting.
Some worked, some didn’t. I also worked out what shots I want next year. I did manage to get some shots of people I know though.
As part of my BTEC course, I have to produce pictures for a number of tasks. Task 5 was about movement and I needed to get a ‘panning’ shot. I decided to go to the local Parkrun in Eastleigh to see if I could get a panning shot of the runners. It turns out it is more difficult than I thought. In order to get a blurry background, because the runners are relatively ‘slow’ you need to have a slow shutter speed… which in turn makes it harder to get a crisp shot of the runner. Better to have a fast moving subject and use a faster shutter speed. I did get one that I could use, but actually my favourite photo was the one below. The runner is blurred, but in a way that makes the photo a bit surreal. I’ve added a preset from Lightroom just to add to that effect.