sammmmmy10101 asked: hi what settings do you use for outdoor sports?
It completely depends on the subject and the lighting: those two things determine what settings you use but generally if you want to be sure you freeze the action then you need to shoot above 1/250 sec!
The Heat Chamber: sweating it out
A good friend of mine was a spray-painter for several years and I’d often visit him at work. This meant hanging out in “the bake” whilst he masked up cars and I’m pretty certain it wasn’t far off what being shut into a fan oven would feel like.
Before heading to the Sahara to run & shoot the Marathon des Sables I asked the guys at Kingston Uni if I could capture an athlete training in their new heat chamber. Specifically designed to mimic conditions elite athletes might come across when competing overseas and to study the effects of heat and humidity on human performance, it reminded me of the good old days with Neil back in the bake.
It turned out Danny Kendall (who I’d shot whilst he competed in a 100km ultra in July 13) was booked in that week so with his kind permission I headed along. Whilst not the most photogenic location (think portacabin with treadmills in) this meant it was all about the subject.
The following depicts Danny and Steve running, sweating and having their core temperatures monitored for two hours in near-on 40 degree heat. Incidentally, both went on to achieve top 11 places this year at the race, so this must have been useful practice!
All images ©James Carnegie Photography