Sometimes, I run just for the sake of it, to get mileage in, and become a stronger runner. Other times, I run with a focus more on the photography side, with set shot ideas I have in mind, and my goal is to get those shots. And sometimes, I combine the two approaches, heading out for a long run, but still aiming to tell the story of the day.
The latter was the case on a recent weekend morning, as I went for a long run with my friend James Miles. We planned a 3 hour run in the Kimberley Nature Park to get ready for upcoming goal runs, but I knew I still wanted to capture some strong images along the way. We set a plan to head out just after sunrise, when the golden light is ideal, and with no specific route planned or shots in mind, we were free to explore and take advantage of moving somewhat quickly through the forests (me being much slower than James!)
Although I love shooting with strobes and flashes, the thought of carrying one for 20+ km of running, along with my camera body and 2-3 lenses was just too much, so I left the strobe at home and used just natural light for the images. This also meant we spent less time setting up shots, and more time moving. Even still, it is helpful working with athletes like James, who don’t mind running the same stretch of trail 2-3 times for me to make sure I get the shot I’m looking for!
To tell the story of the run, I still need to capture the in between moments. The resting, the emotions and challenges, close up images and wide shots. Sometimes it requires posing, and others just waiting with my camera ready for the right moment.
Overall it was a great morning for a run and a shoot, and if you’re wondering what I’m “training” for, you’ll hopefully find out in a few weeks!