Came across this lovely blog from an amateur race cyclist living in London – inthesaddle
Very well written and humorous too – I recommend you read the Mont Ventoux article.
A race between two businessmen, who after work, have to be somewhere…but where? Public transport is not good enough! It’s slow and expensive! Go by bike? ….No! They take it to the streets on foot! Fast and agile and can go where cars can’t!
You can also view the video of the shoot here!
So here are my results. Enjoy!
Photography | Piers Cunliffe Photography
Thanks go to:
SHOOT DHS | Artistic Director
Lee Martland |Photography Assistant
Andy Barnham | Photography Assistant
Toby Russell | Camerman + Editor
Danny and Aaron | SHOOT DHS Models
One Tribe TV | Production Company
It has been a long time coming. A while back I did a photoshoot in london with SHOOT DHS Models. It has been kept under the hat for a while, but now I am proud to present the video from the days shoot. The theme was a race between two business men, who after work, have somewhere to be, but local transport and cars are slow, so they take it to the streets on foot. Photos are to follow soon.
So here it is:
Photography | Piers Cunliffe
Models | Shoot DHS | Danny + Aaron
Producer | One Tribe TV
Cameraman + Editor | Toby Russell
A selection of photographs from my recent trip to Siurana, I was asked to capture climbers in the Region de Mont Serrat.
Short video and article to follow soon.
There are some great new changes to my website. A brand new fashion section, and soon to be filling the spaces are Film, in association with One Tribe TV, Published Work and Projects. Check it all out here – www.pierscunliffephotography.co.uk – So watch this space as I regularly update it!
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Came across this picture in my archives. I was experimenting with my new 70-200mm f.2.8 and was trying to photograph an ant running along a wall. I missed of course, but I like the very very short DOF in this shot.
Sunday 25th Sept 2011 saw approximately 1000 competitors head down to the RAT RACE event village in Potters Field, London. This was a longer and more challenging race. Done on foot and bikes, the racers had to cover a lot of London. This time I had the car; Cliff drove and I navigated. When we passed Rat Race competitors on their bikes, it was a good opportunity to lean out of the passenger window and capture the action while moving. Communication was key between me and cliff so I didn’t fall out or take out any cyclists.
Alongside the cycling and running, the racers also kayaked, abseiled, climbed and did an assault course. It was very hard to keep up with the racers, despite having the car, but we had the traffic and congestion to contend with, as well as having to take the main routes and park the car and walk to the checkpoints where the challenges were taking place.
One of the highlights was that the BBC were filming Ben Fogle competing in the race. He is currently filming a series, in conjunction with Lonely Planet, ‘A Year of Adventures’ and RAT RACE was included. There have been many books about a year of adventures, but this is the first time that it will be televised. Lucky for Ben as he gets to compete/complete all these adventures, something that I would love to do. The BBC were very helpful as they were our big clue to finding Ben and tracking him down. They did have three camera crews, two in vans and third on a motorbike. Also with Ben was another competitor who had eyes on him the whole time, feeding back to the camera crews where they were and where they were next headed. I did ask if I could jump onboard with the team, but unfortunately they didn’t have enough room, or that was a polite way of saying ‘no’. I think it was the latter!
Anyway, here is my selection of photos, while Ben was an interesting focal point, my brief was to capture the RAT RACE, and so I shall present it that way too. (I am never easily starstruck!) Enjoy!
Enter the Mean Streets. An endurance challenge in London city centre held by RAT RACE Adventures. Starting from the Tower Bridge, competitors were given the signal to disperse and take over London. Their objective? Complete as many checkpoints as possible in the 2 hour time frame. You think that sounds simple? Wrong….the checkpoints were scattered around the city centre. None of the CP’s were in any logical linear line. You had to head to one and then navigate to the next, taking any route you fancied.
This race was on foot, so I was tasked with covering it on my trusty steed! That was a challenge in itself as I don’t know the streets of London. So my map was clamped between my teeth (this makes breathing a tad tricky…must buy a proper holder) and a next to useless free sat nav woman talking through my ear phones on my iPhone.
There was another photographer, Cliff Hide, but he was tasked with getting the press shots, whereas I was getting all the new material for Rat Race promotional and advertising shots. I headed to The Arch climbing wall and grabbed a few shots, lighting was tricky, but I captured a cool shot of a racer with his map clenched between his teeth. Then it was a brisk ride to Trafalgar Square where I had to Hunt The Rat – a cockney speaking chap in a rat costume. He was very tricky to find as he had been placed in the middle of a music festival that was being held there too.
Next was Russell Square, where the CP was in the middle of the fountain. Great opportunity for getting shots of racers getting wet, but I was bitterly disappointed when it was just a piddly floor fountain that spent most of its time dribbling water, not gushing it out. After some time the fountain picked up some height, and with a bit of encouragement I persuaded some of the racers to get drenched. It was fun to shoot and the racers appreciated the attention.
Back on the bike I raced back to Potters Field to the event village to capture the racers crossing the finish line.
Hope you like the pictures.
One Day On Earth are asking everyone to participate in their filming event to take place on 11/11/11. It also co-incides with remembrance day, so some great opportunities to film. Check out their website – http://www.onedayonearth.org/
Watch this video from the same event last year, but on 10/10/10. (Can you see the pattern emerging?) There will only be one more event unique like this in 2012 – 12/12/12. After that when will they do it?
So on 11/11/11, with whatever filming equipment you have, be it phone, camera, or a RED ONE. film something, something that is close to your heart, and submit it.
I know I will be!
Have just completed a family portrait session with the Deverells. It was a really fun day out in their garden, the kids did what they did best…played, while Sara and Rob looked on with huge smiles on their faces. So I will let you see for yourselves how fun and vibrant this family is.
Carrying on from the Cliff Bar Meet the Moment competition, I have 3 more pics I want to enter as an ‘Adventure Postcard’, but could do with your help with the slogan.
Please bear in mind the space and how your text fits in it. Anything you can think of will be considered, but keep it clean please. For a peek at the my latest entry click here. If I do use your slogan you will be duly credited in the notes section when I submit it.
Here are the photos – just leave a comment starting with either Photo 1, Photo 2 or Photo 3, so I know which one it applies to.
Look forward to your answers.
I have just entered a competition run by Cliff Bar. A fab opportunity to win big and to do that adventure you have always dreamed of doing.There are loads of entries so winning will be tough, but I’m confident!
So here is my entry. I will be entering a few more but the hardest part is the slogan. It has to fit with the photograph and the ethos of what Cliff Bar are trying to promote.
I was asked to shoot a clothes line for a fashion student at the University of Wales Newport (my old university). She wanted it to stand out from the rest of the students. She had seen my previous work with Elena Marina that I had photographed at the disused mine shaft and she asked me if I could do all that, but with six different garments. “Of course I can!” So after two shoots and a sewn through finger (not mine thankfully) I can now present the final results.
My rest days are a great opportunity to concentrate on photography. I photographed Laurent and Audrey on a 7b+. Walked ot to top of Mt Gaussier and played around with my new 70-200mm f.28 L series lens. 🙂
Another day on Mt Guassier we jumped on some long 6a+’s and 6b’s. Bit of a body shock to be climbing some steeper stuff as the majority of Orgon is slab climbing. The routes were a bit crumbly and unfortunately Audrey Seguy caught a fragment of rock in her eye. She decided to take no more chances, the sun glasses were on and even her hat with half of it pulled over her left eye. Thankfully Laurent saw the fragment in her eye and extracted it. So all is well.
A fantastic crag with 40m routes from 6a to 7a. The shortest being the 7b (15meters) and I am please to say that I got my first clean 7b redpoint of the trip. A very powerful technical route where foot work is crucial.
The route was on Mont Gaussier, a really inspiring piece of rock with fantastic views.
Aka – The Shermanator. Laurent on the 7a+. Long steep pumpy route with a thin technical crux at the very top. A 25ft whipper awaits you if you don’t make the chains to finish.
Sam Harvie on a very steep (it’s in a cave) 7b+ high above the campsite we are staying in for the next 2 weeks.
I have now moved further south to Orgon where the climbing is vast. Finished today with a 70m 6b+ to 6a+ to 6a – we had to do it in two pitches. It was brilliant climbing.
Earlier in the day before the midday heat we went Sikamol crag where I was photographed on the route name after the crag. The photo will be the main opening photograph for the Orgon climbing section. I hope to be able to get a copy of the photo and show it here.
After my five minuted of fame I decided to shoot Sam on a similar route. Here they are below.
I am now in the Ardeche, France helping with the photography for a Rockfax guidebook. The first day I climbed, to help me get a feel for the rock. Its hard steep stuff here and the French sure do like their long routes. The shortest so far has been 35 meters. My 60m rope has been made redundant already.
My main aim for this trip is to come away with a body of work about climbing, camping and guidebook writing. After a disheartening morning because I was not in the right frame of mind for climbing and failing miserably on a 6b+, I turned the day round by concentrating on photography. It’s hard to shoot when we are climbing in the shade all day and the vistas in the background are in bright sunlight. Trying to get a shot of a climber in the shade with the background exposed correctly is proving tricky. But I do have a month to practice.
So I resorted to silhouettes:
Some quick preliminary test shots before tomorrows’ cycle shoot up in the Brecon Beacons. Its always a good idea to do a thorough check through all your gear and have it packed and ready before the big day. Nothing worse than arriving at a shoot and finding that you forgot your spare batteries because they are still charging in the charger!