Inspiration at the Royal Berkshire 10K

Inspiration at the Royal Berkshire 10K

The annual Royal Berkshire 10K event took place once again at Green Park, Reading on 21st May. The event is hugely popular, attracting 2,000+ runners of all ages and abilities. I was there with my trusty Sony α7II + Lenses - the 35mm f/2.8 Zeiss and 70-200mm f/4 Sony G lens.

It was my first visit to this event and to Green Park which was exciting. My focus for the day was to capture the start of the event as well as the runners as the approached the finish. 10K is quite a distance so I knew towards the end runners would be showing real determination to make it to the finish.

Shot with the Sony α7II + Zeiss 35/2.8 at f/4.5, 1/500, ISO 100.

Shot with the Sony α7II + Zeiss 35/2.8 at f/4.5, 1/500, ISO 100.

The leading runners shot past me, heading towards the finish line in just under 35 minutes. Considering the weather was scorching on the day and with the time approaching mid-day the leaders did an incredible job achieving that time.

Before arriving at the event I had decided I'd like to try to capture motion using a technique known as panning. In simple terms you lock onto the subject with a slower shutter speed and pan (from your hips), following the subject for the duration of the shutter. The effect produced is that of a subject frozen but with a motion blurred background.

Shot with the Sony α7II + Sony 70-200/4 at f/10, 1/125, ISO 100.

Shot with the Sony α7II + Sony 70-200/4 at f/10, 1/125, ISO 100.

There were some incredible people taking part, some dressed up to raise money for Charity while others, including a blind lady, ran to show that with the right attitude you can achieve anything.

I'll be back next year for sure!

When not capturing moments or retouching photographs you can find me networking at many of the events across the Thames Valley or, on a Wednesday evening, at the Snooker Club in Twyford where I have been a member for 15+ years, a member of the Committee and even Membership Secretary.

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