On Sunday the 7th I had the great pleasure of Photographing the runners at the Edinburgh Great Bupa 5k and 10k runs. It was a glorious day in the capital city, bright, crisp and sunny though a bit chilly. I was at the finish line for 8.30am to meet the fellow pro's who would be shooting with me and to get set up to capture the action as it unfolded.
I had a great spot just about 80 yards in front of the finishing line and was ideally placed to capture the runners as they came through the final bend. It takes a very different set of skills to capture events like this compared to weddings, as obviously everyone is moving quite a bit faster! This means the camera has to be set up to focus differently, shutter speed becomes a primary setting to freeze the action and with challenging light, metering can be an issue. It also really helps your skill in tracking and framing fast moving subjects.
Although a very different discipline I still find it a great foil to my wedding shoots.
The first race began at 9.30 (the 5k) and I was in a heavily shaded area with the Scottish Parliament to my left and the gates of Holyrood Palace directly in front of me, I was absolutely freezing despite the multitude of layers : ) By the time the main event had got under way, the sun had moved over and bathed me in sunshine and warmth. It was a great way to spend a Sunday. As always I leave these events totally inspired by the commitment and dedication of all the runners. Some of them of course ran in fancy dress and raised significant sums for charity. There was just over 8000 runners across all the events on the day and a big well done goes out to each of them on their accomplishment. It's also fascinating seeing just what and who is involved in setting up an event like this, for instance, roads need closed, Police presence is required, Local council operatives are helping proceedings, race organisers, media, sponsors, photographers and the Scottish Ambulance service all play a vital part.
Oh and I fired off about 4750 shots on the day - my camera is still cooling down!