London Marathon 2017

Hello all, hope you're well and thanks for visiting.

I'm enjoying an extremely busy period right now, which is great and what's really stimulating is the variety of the assignments I've been shooting over the last few weeks.  These have ranged from weddings to portrait shoots to events assignments to one of the world's biggest marathons.

And that's just the last two weeks!

I'll be blogging in the next few days about a very special events assignment over Easter in a very special location (hint - atop one of London's most iconic buildings).  Today though,  I want to share some images from yesterday's London Marathon.

My assignment was to capture Orchid Cancer's runners who were raising money for the fabulous work that Orchid do infighting male cancers.  The roadside vantage point was perfect - a great view of the runners with London's City skyline in the background.

Huge congratulations to all the participants, who will have raised millions for so many wonderful causes. 

The atmosphere was fantastic, the weather was kind and we even saw a practical use for Batman's famous utility belt!

And here's my favourite image from yesterday:

I really wanted to nail a shot that did two things - frame the runners against the skyline and also capture a sense of movement for the runners.  Normally this means slow shutter speeds to get that motion blur.  But there's bright daylight so the camera wants to use a fast shutter speed.  Also, it was just not possible to shoot with a tripod.

So what did I do?  I reduced my ISO to 100, narrowed the aperture to F12 (to let less light into the camera), turned on the Vibration reduction on the lens and finally experimented with shutter speeds to get the right look.  In the end, I settled on 1/20th of a second for the shutter speed.

Hope you like all the images and please do visit Orchid's website to find out more about the amazing work they do.

And if you're a charity looking for a creative photographer, please get in touch and let's discuss how we can get the best possible images for you.

Have a good week, Mo

Abseiling for a great cause

One of the very best things about being a photographer is the opportunity it gives me to work with some fantastic people and causes.

Case in point - Orchid Cancer, an amazing group of people who do so much good work and whom I'm priviliged to have worked with for a couple of years now.  I've covered all sorts of events for Orchid from Christmas drinks to fancy-dress charity runs to The London Marathon.  Always stimulating, always varied and as you'll see, often challenging.

Last week, I found myself on top of Broadgate Tower in the City of London, covering one of Orchid's more spectacular fundraising events - namely, snapping the brave souls who each abseiled down the Tower to raise money for Orchid.

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The sun was shining, the views were incredible and every single one of the 40 fundraisers achieved their aim and abseiled down the 541 feet to terra firma.

To get these shots, I was positioned alongside the abseiling platform and was actually straddling the very edge of the building, whilst tethered to ensure I didn't take any unplanned trips.  Was I nervous?  Yes, of course I was!

From a photographic perspective, it's not often you get the chance to shoot from such a vantage point.  Broadgate Tower directly faces the City of London's skyscrapers - just about every London landmark can be seen from here.

Technically, the shots were relatively straightforward - I shot in Manual Mode with a flashgun to enable me to correctly balance the backgrounds and the abseilers.

Well done Hannah and Manjeet at Orchid for yet another superb event!  For more information on the great work done by Orchid, please visit their website - maybe I'll snap you at a fundraising event sometime!

Oh and in case you're wondering, yes - I DID abseil myself!

Thanks as always for reading,

Mo

Santa Run for Orchid Cancer

Working with a good cause is important for me and it's something I've been able to apply my photographic efforts to for the last several years.

I'm currently working with the fabulous team at Orchid Cancer (the UK's leading charity for male cancers.  I captured their fun-raising Charity Santa run around More London this week, and it was every bit as much fun as you'd imagine.

Given that there were dozens of participants all dressed as Santa, racing around some of the city's most prominent landmarks, it made for some memorable images.  Here's a gaggle of Santas celebrating the end of the run in front of the City of London's skyline.

Please see Orchid's website for more information about this great cause, the fabulous team and how you might be able to help.

Thanks for reading

 

Abseiling with Orchid Cancer

This last weekend I got the chance to shoot Orchid Cancer's abseiling fundraiser at the fabulous Broadgate Tower in the City of London.

Always a pleasure to work with Manjeet and the rest of the fantastic Orchid team and to help this great cause whilst getting the chance to take some unusual shots.

Here's two of my favourite shots of the day which are now in my Charity gallery:

Firstly, looking up at Broadgate Tower as two teams abseil down, lots of blue sky, summer clouds and some great reflections  - including a 747 approaching Heathrow.

But did I get to the top?

Of course I did.....here's one of the abseiliers about to go over the side with many of the City of London's most landmark buildings in the background.