Birmingham Half Marathon 2009

ND – Gorgeous Hot Sunny, Blue

Following on from my…
Birmingham Half Marathon 2010 post, I also attended the 2009 Half Marathon as well.

This, the second Annual Half Marathon that Birmingham had staged was a particularly special event as it also hosted the 2009 IAAF World Half Marathon.


2009 IAAF World Half Marathon Logo, Image (c) IAAF

International Women’s Start on Broad St

Nikon D80 'DX', Nikkor 18-200mm F3.5-5.6G AF-S VR DX @ 29mm, Exposure 1/250 @ F4, ISO 400, I shot this whole event in gloomy and wet conditions with a Nikon D80 DX camera. Trying to capture moving action at different ranges, speeds and aperture settings (this lens has variable aperture as you zoom) was fun! I didn't want to push the ISO much past 400 as it gets grainy on the D80, and I often bumped into the 3 frames per second maximum rate. The biggest problem I had was in juggling the settings rapidly as I jumped between very different shots.


International Men’s Start on Broad St

Nikon D80 'DX', Nikkor 18-200mm F3.5-5.6G AF-S VR DX @ 22mm, Exposure 1/250 @ F3.8, ISO 400, I could not believe just how quick these guys ran from the start to the end of Broad St and out of sight. The start of both the Men's and Women's international events were a challenge on a camera that can only snap at 3 frames per second.


Kenya’s Mary Jepkosgei Keitany won the women’s race with a new course record of 1:06:36

Nikon D80 'DX', Nikkor 18-200mm F3.5-5.6G AF-S VR DX @ 24mm, Exposure 1/750 @ F3.8, ISO 250, The shot was wider than this, but I cropped it so that the challenge was behind her and you can't see what lay ahead (a very large throng of people).


Lonely Exhaustion

Nikon D80 'DX', Nikkor 18-200mm F3.5-5.6G AF-S VR DX @ 95mm, Exposure 1/750 @ F5.3, ISO 250, ...a bit easier, this athlete stood still right in front of me.


Team Mates

Nikon D80 'DX', Nikkor 18-200mm F3.5-5.6G AF-S VR DX @ 44mm, Exposure 1/750 @ F4.5, ISO 250, ...again, pretty easy shot.


Eritrea’s Zersenay Tadese won the men’s race with a new course record of 59:35

Nikon D80 'DX', Nikkor 18-200mm F3.5-5.6G AF-S VR DX @ 24mm, Exposure 1/350 @ F3.8, ISO 400


Tadese did a lot of celebrating, he’s just starting here

Nikon D80 'DX', Nikkor 18-200mm F3.5-5.6G AF-S VR DX @ 29mm, Exposure 1/350 @ F4, ISO 400


Tadese continues to celebrate, he’s not alone

Nikon D80 'DX', Nikkor 18-200mm F3.5-5.6G AF-S VR DX @ 26mm, Exposure 1/350 @ F3.8, ISO 400


Tadese celebrates some more

Nikon D80 'DX', Nikkor 18-200mm F3.5-5.6G AF-S VR DX @ 135mm, Exposure 1/350 @ F5.6, ISO 400


The fastest amateur woman crosses the line

Nikon D80 'DX', Nikkor 18-200mm F3.5-5.6G AF-S VR DX @ 65mm, Exposure 1/350 @ F5, ISO 400, Many of these shots were taken at ISO 400 which is normally my limit with the D80 due to graininess creeping in above that. The result was that I had to push the exposure up in post-processing for many shots as they were a bit too dark.


Pain

Nikon D80 'DX', Nikkor 18-200mm F3.5-5.6G AF-S VR DX @ 105mm, Exposure 1/350 @ F5.3, ISO 400, I kept struggling with jumping rapidly between different scenes, as a result I would often end up with the wrong settings on the D80 just so that I could squeeze a shot in as I saw something happening. The lack of rapid motion here meant that the 1/350 shutter speed was unnecessarily fast, resulting in a dark shot that I had to push up quite a bit in post-processing.


My Respect

Nikon D80 'DX', Nikkor 18-200mm F3.5-5.6G AF-S VR DX @ 130mm, Exposure 1/350 @ F5.6, ISO 400, I have huge admiration for the men and women that can get around the course with the power of their arms rather than legs. 14001's day is done, and he has a quiet recuperative refresh as the crowds focus elsewhere.


Everyone Cheer

Nikon D80 'DX', Nikkor 18-200mm F3.5-5.6G AF-S VR DX @ 120mm, Exposure 1/350 @ F5.3, ISO 400, I really like the composition of this shot, everyone having fun, some noticing me pointing a camera, others oblivious, kids squeezing in, people clapping and snapping, a scene of crowded and good-natured peace, exemplified by the CND logo on a T-shirt towards the top/right corner.


Wow, I’m on TV!

Nikon D80 'DX', Nikkor 18-200mm F3.5-5.6G AF-S VR DX @ 112mm, Exposure 1/350 @ F5.3, ISO 400, A local news reporter interviews an excited and happy member of the Bournville Harriers.


Breast Cancer Care, Jim’s good deed for the day 🙂

Nikon D80 'DX', Nikkor 18-200mm F3.5-5.6G AF-S VR DX @ 90mm, Exposure 1/350 @ F5.3, ISO 400


Pit Stop (if you dare)

Nikon D80 'DX', Nikkor 18-200mm F3.5-5.6G AF-S VR DX @ 28mm, Exposure 1/350 @ F4, ISO 400, Almost right outside my front door.


Everyone a Deserved Winner

Nikon D80 'DX', Nikkor 18-200mm F3.5-5.6G AF-S VR DX @ 31mm, Exposure 1/250 @ F8, ISO 400, Opened up the aperture to increase the depth of field.


Run Baby Run, Oh he did!

Nikon D80 'DX', Nikkor 18-200mm F3.5-5.6G AF-S VR DX @ 130mm, Exposure 1/350 @ F5.6, ISO 400, These events are brought to life by the weird and wonderful, many people dress up funny, and in this case, dress down funny.


It wouldn’t be a marathon without a leprechaun

Nikon D80 'DX', Nikkor 18-200mm F3.5-5.6G AF-S VR DX @ 105mm, Exposure 1/350 @ F5.3, ISO 400


Tidying up to do

Nikon D80 'DX', Nikkor 18-200mm F3.5-5.6G AF-S VR DX @ 82mm, Exposure 1/350 @ F6.7, ISO 400

Have world-class fitness fun,
ND

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About nakedigit

I have legs and a camera. I also occasionally use a passport. The camera with my brightest lenses can almost (almost) see in the dark. So the only thing stopping me from putting it all together regardless of where and when i am is, well, me really! However, when i don't completely muck it up the results may end up here on this blog and also my Flickr page. I now Twitter and a website is coming... ND August 2010
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