How a tiny spring support crippled my brilliant zoom lens
At Carsington Reservoir, scene of the Carsington 7+ running race on 20 September 2020, I drove 50 miles and arrived, expecting to soon capture 580 runners in one of the few running events taking place this pandemic Autumn. This little spring would foil my efforts:
Carrying a sturdy monopod and a sturdy tripod, each in their own 90cm shoulder bags, carrying a portable seat and a backpack with some breakfast and fluid, it was important not to carry too much camera equipment. I took one pocket video camera, one DSLR body and only one zoom lens, which contained that tiny spring.
About one-quarter of about 500 runners taking part in the Carsington Reservoir round-the-lake race in Derbyshire, England, on Sunday 20 September 2020 are shown here approaching mile marker 6 of the seven and-a-half mile course. The images are from a tiny lens in the back of a cell-phone after a total lens failure in the Photochippy normal camera. Hope the smiles on the runners’ faces make up for the poor image quality and for those who were missed ..
The 66th Conkers parkrun weekly timed run event took place in bright sunshine on Saturday 21st July 2012 at Conkers in Leicestershire, England. 93 People braved the 5 kilometre course in this FREE run or walk. Nearly all are seen here, some in odd behaviours like three-legged-race mode, egg-and-spoon-race, wheel-barrow race, even one runner choosing to SKIP with a skipping rope the whole way. These photos of nearly all the 93 participants are resurrected here in April 2020 on the 9th birthday of the event, which is currently not taking place during the health emergency.
You probably can guess why they cancelled this year’s annual Aldi Ashby 20, the renowned 20-mile Road-Running Race at Ashby-de-la-Zouch in Leicestershire, England. The race comes through Packington village 3 times, and provides a sport-photo opportunity. Here’s the one that PhotoChippy used as a launch event back in 2011, with images never before published..
Out for a walk in Southern England during our amazing late-April summery weekend, I used a cell-phone to snap this startlingly posed tree:
Camera: iPhone 7
Focal length: 3.99mm
Shutter speed: 1/2500s
Back home, in May 2019, the monochrome version below was given 20 out of 20 by renowned fine-art judge, Nathaniel Coalson ARPS. This was the top mark amongst 54 digital images, in the themed “Black and White” competition held by Ashby Camera Club ACC in their 4th Quarter 2018-19 event.