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Nine sharp shoes

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 19 September 2013 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

The Great North Run (the world's largest half marathon) came to South Shields again on Sunday.
Rather than following the runners around the final few miles of the course to the finish line and bringing you as much flavour of the event as possible, I decided, after the elite athletes had crossed the finish line, to photograph the massed crowds of the 56000 fun runners from one location as they entered South Shields on the 13 1/2 mile run from Newcastle. I chose Newcastle Road on a spot just east of the Lindisfarne Roundabout with the intention of capturing the sheer mass appeal of the event. I was located on the only footbridge above the course in South Tyneside with good views from overhead in two directions, even though the bridge was vibrating and shaking beneath my feet as running shoes pounded the road below. Shooting some short exposures to freeze the action and a lot of longer exposures to create an artistic impression of mass movement. I hope you enjoy this short series.

Shot from directly overhead as the runners passed my position.

08:00 Update

Mrs. Curly and I are meeting old friends from "dahn sarf" today, it's a rare opportunity to catch up on things, so I'm afraid visits and comments will be quite rare.

PENTAX K100D 1/10 second F/9.5 ISO 200 31 mm (35mm equiv.)

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PATRICK from miramas, France

superb capture

19 Sep 2013 5:02am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Love that movement

19 Sep 2013 5:23am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Oh very Yes!. The pin sharp road surface and the movement of the people work so well together

19 Sep 2013 5:47am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Hurry to continue.

19 Sep 2013 6:01am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Brilliant image I love what you've captured here Curly

19 Sep 2013 6:37am

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, NYC, Canada

Whatever it is, it does look painful, but great photo !~

19 Sep 2013 7:21am

Tomek from Poznań, Poland

They are running faster and faster.:-)

19 Sep 2013 7:50am

gerard1948 from Somewhere on earth, Spain

Excellent, I love this photo. Very good command of the slow speed. I have the sensation of seeing dancers on a dance floor. It's beautiful, I love it.
Have a good day.

19 Sep 2013 7:58am

Martine from bousval, Belgium

Une belle photo de mouvement et très bon B&W

19 Sep 2013 8:10am

Toscana from Baden, France

Superb movment !!
Have a nice day, Catherine

19 Sep 2013 8:32am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Un superbe rendu avec cet effet de mouvement, excellent shot. Bonne journée.

19 Sep 2013 8:40am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

You put the foot down with this one. Great motion blur again

19 Sep 2013 9:46am

Frances Gaffey from Massachusetts, United States

Another great action shot Curly! The speed capture is rather artsy. Regarding your question yesterday on the VT Barn, I used three frames to shoot the HDR and finished off in Light room (sorry for the late reply).

19 Sep 2013 10:24am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Great movement some seem to have outrun their shoes; enjoy your friends:)

19 Sep 2013 12:20pm

Pnyks from Warsaw, Poland

Amazing action shot! Great job, Curly!

19 Sep 2013 1:44pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Wonderfully surreal shot Curly! Bravo! ;-)

19 Sep 2013 1:57pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Wonderful motion ... and "sharp shoes".
Have a GREAT day!!!

19 Sep 2013 2:11pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Great sense of movement in this shot! I like it.

19 Sep 2013 4:01pm

Kate from EXETER, United Kingdom

Fantastic creative shot.

19 Sep 2013 4:09pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Unbelievable how you got the shoes in focus!

19 Sep 2013 5:15pm

ursulakatariina from Ed, Sweden

Great shot.

19 Sep 2013 5:35pm

franz from Baden, Austria

perfect title to go with this impressive capture of the moment !

19 Sep 2013 6:32pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Nice action shot.

19 Sep 2013 7:07pm

nafisa from bangalore, India

Great capture

19 Sep 2013 8:03pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States


19 Sep 2013 9:32pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Terrific Curly! A hug, Adela

19 Sep 2013 10:16pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Fantastic image! I love the blur and the movement! I am glad Mrs. Curly is getting out and about some.

19 Sep 2013 10:35pm

Devi from Chennai, India

Wow !!! That's what I call microscopic!!! May be we are all a mass of cells....like these running figures!!

20 Sep 2013 12:11am

L'angevine from Angers, France

magnifique ces flous

20 Sep 2013 8:01am

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom


20 Sep 2013 10:35am

Sue-Ann from Quebec, Canada

great shot with the movement and the shoes, well done.

20 Sep 2013 1:36pm

Basile Pesso from Barcelona, Spain

Congrats on the spot ! Excellent shot.

20 Sep 2013 5:16pm

@Basile Pesso: Well thank you, I've just discovered that it has been recognised.

Baldwin Vandewalle from Bejuma, Venezuela

Great capture of the movement ... excellent in monochrome !!!
Congratulations on the Spotlight !!!

20 Sep 2013 5:21pm

@Baldwin Vandewalle: Thank you for your congratulations, yet I don't consider this the best of this little series, I'm surprised.

Ludovic Roudet from Charenton-le-Pont, France

Congrats ! Superb shot !

20 Sep 2013 5:26pm

@Ludovic Roudet: Thank you very much.

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Congratulations on the Spotlight for this!

20 Sep 2013 5:27pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: Thank you Judy, I still don't think this is as good as Saturday's shot, I'm pleasantly surprised.

Eric C. from Un peu partout, France

Superb ; congrats Curly !

20 Sep 2013 5:40pm

@Eric C.: Thank Eric.

Sue-Ann from Quebec, Canada

congrats for the spot.

20 Sep 2013 5:50pm

@Sue-Ann: Thank you very much, it's been a long time since the last one.

omid from mashhad, Iran

Congratulations! :)

20 Sep 2013 5:58pm

@omid: Thank you

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Congratulations on your spotlight selection Curly! ;-)

20 Sep 2013 6:45pm

@Eric Cousineau: Thank you Eric, this choice has surprised me.

gerard1948 from Somewhere on earth, Spain

Congratulations Curly, a great shot.

20 Sep 2013 6:50pm

@gerard1948: Thank you Gerard.

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Congratulations on your SPOTLIGHT!

20 Sep 2013 7:09pm

@Ruthiebear: Thank you very much Ruth.

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Félicitations pour le Spotlight!!!

20 Sep 2013 7:20pm

@Tede: Thank you very much, have a great weekend.

franz from Baden, Austria

way to go ... or rather run, curly ;-)
congrats on another very understandable spot !!!

20 Sep 2013 7:21pm

@franz: Thanks Franz, sometimes these choices throw up a little surprise.

David from Avranches, France

Congratulations Curly. Superb shot.

20 Sep 2013 7:27pm

@David: Thanks mate, it came as a shock to me!

Adrian from Wakefield, United Kingdom

Congratulations Curly as always very well deserved

20 Sep 2013 7:30pm

@Adrian: Thanks Adrian, I often ponder what qualities are required to catch the editors' eyes.

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Fabulous movement. Congratulations on Spotlight.

20 Sep 2013 7:35pm

@kiwisa: Thanks very much.

Jean-Luc T. from Juignac, France

Félicitations pour le spotlight Curly.

20 Sep 2013 7:37pm

@Jean-Luc T.: Thank you for your visit and comment.

amirbaba from Iran


20 Sep 2013 7:44pm

@amirbaba: Thank you.

PATRICK from miramas, France

Congratulations on your SPOTLIGHT

20 Sep 2013 7:47pm

@PATRICK: Thank you Patrick.

Mireille T. from Ribérac, France

Congratulations on the spotlight! Superbly captured movement!

20 Sep 2013 8:24pm

@Mireille T.: Thank you, I think that's two Spotlights for the Great North Run now.

Martine Libouton from bousval, Belgium

Bravo pour ton sotlight

20 Sep 2013 8:41pm

@Martine Libouton: Thank you very much.

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Congratulations on the Spotlight!

20 Sep 2013 9:18pm

@Ana Lúcia: Thank you very much.

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

very cool. congratulations!!!

20 Sep 2013 9:55pm

@john4jack: Thanks Jack.

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Congratulations on the Spotlight Curly! Very well deserved!

20 Sep 2013 11:57pm

@Elaine Hancock: Thanks Elaine, these things always tend to surprise me when they happen.

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Great capture !

21 Sep 2013 12:05am

@Hiro: Thank you Hirosan.

my-ky from Ontario, Canada

Congratulations Curly, on a very effective image!

21 Sep 2013 3:09am

@my-ky: Thank you very much.

Duck Island Guy from Off the Coast, United States

I like your sense of humor (title)--and image. Well done!

21 Sep 2013 3:38am

@Duck Island Guy: Thanks, I'd gone out as a spur of the moment decision because Mrs. Curly was having a good day, the elite athletes had already crossed the finish line so I had to think of what I intended to do. This bridge was the only one close to me and I decided that I'd try to do a few slower shutter shots to artistically express the running motions. It was fun and a few shots seem to capture the imagination.

jean pierre from paris, France

tres belle prise!! une superbe représentation du mouvement ! bravo pour le spotlight!! amitiés

21 Sep 2013 7:43am

@jean pierre: Merci bien.

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Congratulations on the Spotlight! Well deserved, Curly.

21 Sep 2013 12:43pm

@Steve Rice: Thanks Steve, even though I think today's picture is a stronger shot.

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Shoes on the run...They brought you a SPOTLIGHT! Congratulations, Curly!

22 Sep 2013 4:36am

@Japanalia: Thank you very much.

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb effect ! Congratulations on thé Spotlight !

22 Sep 2013 7:45am

@Mhelene: Merci bien

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

unbelievable idea
well done

22 Sep 2013 3:16pm

@Shaahin Bahremand: I just needed to try something different, I enjoyed it.

ripple from Nottingham, United Kingdom

very interesting perspective, effective.
We'll have something similar here sunday coming :)

22 Sep 2013 3:27pm

@ripple: I still don't think this was the strongest shot from the set, but thanks.

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Sorry, I didn't notice the Spotlight. Very well done!

22 Sep 2013 6:09pm

@CElliottUK: It took me by surprise, I can tell you :-)

Mehdi Monadi from Tehran, Iran

Congratulations for the spotlight:)

23 Sep 2013 12:13pm

@Mehdi Monadi: Thank you, it was a big surprise.

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, NYC, Canada

Congratulations on the spotlight, a well deserved superb photo
of these shape shifters !~

24 Sep 2013 12:23pm

@Phil Morris: Thanks Phil, this caught me by surprise.

☺ ► ƸɼiϾ ◄ ☼ from Narbonne, France

i m a bit late, but this idea is excellent !! a good picture well done
and bravo for the spotligth too =))

4 Oct 2013 8:56pm

1/10 second
ISO 200
31 mm (35mm equiv.)