ND – Cold, Early, but getting…, Blue
With big events happening…
…on your city centre home doorstep, it’s kind of rude not to poke your head around the front door and point a camera at something.
In its third year, the Birmingham Half Marathon has already become a popular event and was expected to have attracted around fifteen thousand runners from across the country to pound the streets of Britain’s rejuvenating second city.
In 2008 the 1st EDF Energy Birmingham Half Marathon attracted about eight thousand people, and that was raised to twelve thousand in 2009 which also hosted the IAAF World Half Marathon. The organiser’s plan is to keep growing the event to beyond twenty thousand, maybe even as much as fifty thousand people in years to come. Certainly, the first three years are an excellent start. More information can be found on Birmingham Central.
2010’s race was held on a gorgeous sunny blue day which was mercifully chilly for the runners and way too cold for those of us standing around watching.
In 2009 I spent much of the race at the Start/Finish line on Broad Street, but I was determined to move around and find other viewpoints this year.
Here are some of the images I captured during the day.
I realised that I wanted to capture the spectators…
…as the main attraction and have the runners as merely incidental to this. I liked the fact that both played a fleeting moment in each others lives and so I changed tack and slowed the shutter right down. At various places on the course I took images like this one where the focus are the people waiting for the next runners, yet runners are passing them almost forgotten, ghost-like even. By using a slow shutter, and hoping the spectators didn’t move too much, I tried to capture the runners as temporal wisps, blurred as they will be in the memories of those watching.
At Five Ways…
I have too many photos so will continue in part 2 later…
Have fitness fun,