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Santa Run

"I've just seen a Facebook post. Its the Santa run on Sunday. I think I'm going to photograph it." I say.

Rachel …a few minutes later "I've entered both of us for the 5k event."

I was determined to get at least a few photos…even if I was running.

If I'm going to photograph runners I'm doing it with a DSLR camera I know well. I want to be able to set a fast shutter speed and immediate shutter response. A google search gives a forum post about running and photographing with a DSLR. The majority of the responses were basically "Don't do it. Use a phone/compact camera. Or don't run." Its basically avoiding the question!

So I decided to use my Nikon D7000 and a 35mm DX f1.8 lens. This makes about the smallest and lightest DSLR combo I can manage (about 1kg). I have a selection of Op/tech straps and went for a double sling with the camera slung across my chest. I did a test jog during the dog walk on the morning of the run and found I needed to stabilise the camera to stop it bouncing uncomfortably on my chest with my right hand. I found I was more comfortable running with just one point of attachment of strap to camera so it hung towards my right hip and again kept my hand on it, but it felt safety attached.

Amusingly despite clear instructions before the 5km event a whole bunch of people out front took the first turn right…when the course was left! With a bit of a sprint I was able to get to the front, stop, turn round and take some photos. I did this a couple of times. I was also wearing a GoPro head cam so I've got video of this!

I was pleased with the results. There are 84 photos on a Flickr album here

If you're interested my standard runner setup with this camera is aperture priority with f4 and auto iso with minimum shutter speed 1/350. This is usually fast enough to freeze faces. It wasn't quite fast enough if I was moving but I still got a fair proportion of satisfactorily sharp photos.
I'd like to thank the official photographer whose photo of me I've used. I can't find out who he was. The St Michaels Hospice Facebook page says "Please feel free to download and share your pics." but it doesn't thank or credit the photographer. Facebook strips all photographer data if its embedded. I failed to find him with a google search.
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Santa Run

"I've just seen a Facebook post. Its the Santa run on Sunday. I think I'm going to photograph it." I say.

Rachel …a few minutes later "I've entered both of us for the 5k event."

I was determined to get at least a few photos…even if I was running.

If I'm going to photograph runners I'm doing it with a DSLR camera I know well. I want to be able to set a fast shutter speed and immediate shutter response. A google search gives a forum post about running and photographing with a DSLR. The majority of the responses were basically "Don't do it. Use a phone/compact camera. Or don't run." Its basically avoiding the question!

So I decided to use my Nikon D7000 and a 35mm DX f1.8 lens. This makes about the smallest and lightest DSLR combo I can manage (about 1kg). I have a selection of Op/tech straps and went for a double sling with the camera slung across my chest. I did a test jog during the dog walk on the morning of the run and found I needed to stabilise the camera to stop it bouncing uncomfortably on my chest with my right hand. I found I was more comfortable running with just one point of attachment of strap to camera so it hung towards my right hip and again kept my hand on it, but it felt safety attached.

Amusingly despite clear instructions before the 5km event a whole bunch of people out front took the first turn right…when the course was left! With a bit of a sprint I was able to get to the front, stop, turn round and take some photos. I did this a couple of times. I was also wearing a GoPro head cam so I've got video of this!

I was pleased with the results. There are 84 photos on a Flickr album here

If you're interested my standard runner setup with this camera is aperture priority with f4 and auto iso with minimum shutter speed 1/350. This is usually fast enough to freeze faces. It wasn't quite fast enough if I was moving but I still got a fair proportion of satisfactorily sharp photos.
I'd like to thank the official photographer whose photo of me I've used. I can't find out who he was. The St Michaels Hospice Facebook page says "Please feel free to download and share your pics." but it doesn't thank or credit the photographer. Facebook strips all photographer data if its embedded. I failed to find him with a google search.
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