Test Shoot - Trail Running in Chihuahua

Last week I arranged a test shoot with a friend to shoot some trail running on the slopes of Cerro Grande, the highest among a series of peaks surrounding Chihuahua, Mexico. Although not very long or difficult for most trail runners, the mountain did offer up great views of the city, and I hoped to incorporate the city background in a number of the images. I also planned the shoot for an hour and a half before sunset, to give the idea of an after-work workout up a local mountain. I shot with a Sony A7rIII body, the Voigtlander 35mm f/1.7 lens and the Sony 85mm f/1.8. The Voigtlander is a small manual focus lens, which makes shooting action a little more difficult, but quite rewarding when you nail a shot. I also brought along a Godox AD200 strobe to fill in any shadows as needed, however as it was extremely windy on the mountain and I didn’t have an assistant along to help with lighting I didn’t use the flash too much. I carried all my equipment in a Lowepro Photo Sport 200 AW II bag, which I find ideal for using on trail running shoots as the pack hugs my body tightly and doesn’t move around while running, while being big enough to carry what I need with enough protection.

For a shot list, I planned on getting one hero shot, a selection of images of my friend running, and a few images conveying exhaustion or resting while out for a run. Here are my favourite images from the set.

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