Everyone loves to remind me that England is known for its inclement weather. Any conversation that fringes on my heritage (of which there’s many), usually includes a phrase along the lines of, “so you’re used to terrible weather being English”. I can’t help but feel that Swiss residents get a little sidetracked by the ski conditions up in the mountains during winter, completely ignoring the fact that the weather down in the towns is generally awful. There have been many days this winter where i’ve not been able to leave the house for rain or fog or any other concoction of crappy weather. This is until now.
With the month of March on the horizon a patch of fine weather has graced the valleys, allowing my focus to turn towards the running season. The testing winter weather acts as a thorn in my side for my running motivation. Not able to access the hills and no motivation to run around the towns leads to an almost hibernative state, with a sole focus on skiing. The starting signs of Spring give me that zest i need to become excited for the running season with the realisation that its now time to train.
This simple photo is symbolic to me as it captures my first steps of the year, high up above the valley floor allowing time to contemplate the running that lays ahead. I like to travel light whilst running, but also capture a quick shot should the environment allow. The camera i often run with is the Sony RX100. Despite its small profile it has the potential to produce images with beautiful quality making it a camera that is always by my side. As i was flying solo this weekend this is actually a self portrait. I’ve experimented quite a bit running with just the camera but find the options for taking images limited due to issues in finding a place that provides a clear field of view with camera stabilisation. All of these worries dissipate with the use of a Manfrotto Super Clamp and 11 inch Magic Arm. The clamp tightens onto any surface, holding an extendable arm in place. This arm then attaches to the tripod mount of the camera allowing you to place it where you please. In this particular shot the clamp is attached to some overhanging rock with the camera on self timer rapid shot. The results can be hit and miss, but with a little patience there’s usually a shot to behold.
Camera Setup: Sony RX100, ISO400, f5.6, 1/2000s. Manfrotto Super Clamp, 11 inch Magic Arm