Muscle Warriors

At the weekend I was invited to photograph a charity event to raise funds and awareness for local charity The Muscle Help Foundation. The Run For Their Lives event at Haileybury College featured a series of short marathons, starting with a 10km run, following by a 5km run and 1km toddle for children dressed in superhero costumes.

I covered the start of each race as well as taking photos along the route and at the finish line.

On completing the race, runners were presented with a medal and goodie bag.

As well as photographing the main event I’m always keen to take in other elements that characterise the day.

Runners were able to take advantage of trainers following the races.

For more pictures, visit the gallery at www.stevebeeston.co.uk/galleries/musclewarriors, where you can also learn more about the event photography services that I offer.

The Muscle Help Foundation exists to deliver amazing and unforgettable experiences in the UK for children and young people suffering from Muscular Dystrophy. You can find out more about the charity by visiting their website at www.musclehelp.com.

Houghton House

Houghton House is a ruined 17th century mansion just north of Ampthill in Bedfordshire.

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The house was built in 1615 for Mary Herbert, Dowager Countess of Pembroke, although she died of smallpox just a few years later in 1625.  The property then passed to Thomas Bruce, 1st Earl of Elgin before being acquired in 1738 by John Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford. In 1794, his grandson Francis Russell stripped the House of its furnishings and removed the roof. He died seven years later, leaving no heir. The Grade 1 listed building is currently maintained by English Heritage.

Old buildings can make fascinating subjects for the photographer and Houghton House is no exception, with it’s crumbling towers and decayed features. There are lots of shapes and forms that you can use in composition.

Windows and doorways provide useful framing devices.

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Compressed Perspective

Compressed perspective is the effect whereby two objects at a distance appear to be closer to one another than they really are. The effect is often associated with telephoto lenses but can equally be produced by both standard and wide-angle lenses. The phenomenon is most obvious when the perspective dominates the field of view.

The opposite effect is called exaggerated perspective and is produced by wide-angle lenses. Unlike compressed perspective, the effect cannot be produced by longer lenses.

Some articles incorrectly state that the effect is created by telephoto lenses. This is a myth. It is an illusion that is observed when a distant scene is viewed in isolation. This can be demonstrated by cropping a photo taken with a standard or even wide angle lens to show the distant objects in relation to one another, mimicking the effect of a telephoto lens.

An opposite effect can be seen in car wing mirrors, where in the US it is often accompanied by the warning “Objects in mirror are closer than they appear”. The convex surface of the mirror produces a wide angle view that results in an exaggerated perspective.

The photo of four gravestones below was taken with a telephoto lens at a focal length of 230mm (35mm equivalent).

Compare this with the photo below, which was taken from exactly the same position, but with a focal length of 50mm and cropped to show just the four gravestones from the previous photo.

You can see the the perspective is almost identical. The uncropped photo is shown below.

By way of further comparison, if we move closer to the subject and use a 28mm wide-angle lens, the difference in perspective can be seen. The gravestones in the background now appear to be a lot further away.

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Hertford Music Festival

As a sponsor of Hertford Music Festival, I am providing photographic services for the five week event, covering the opening Musical Mystery Tour, through other performances up to the highlight of the festival, Rock At The Castle in August.

The Musical Mystery Tour sees over a hundred musicians performing at various venues around the town centre, with the centre of activity outside The White Hart in Salisbury Square.

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