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August 1, 2015

All in the detail – shooting the Zurich Ironman

Filed under: Uncategorized — danmilner @ 10:25 am

Last year I shot the Zurich Ironman event for Mens Fitness magazine. As the feature has long been out,  I thought I’d post some shots from an interesting day of memory card abuse

My brief was to capture the event in all its glory and its pain (mostly pain), as well as nailing shots of the then mag’s editor Nick Hutchins participating. I’ll be straight; I’m no triathlete. Yes I ride bikes, but I don’t run (unless I have to, say, when my bus is leaving, or the pub is about to shut or chased by a polar bear) and I don’t swim that much (unless chased by a polar bear), but these kind of jobs are pretty interesting opportunities.

So as a photographer that is used to photographing radical, extreme sport nonsense, I saw this as an opportunity to not only capture the “extreme” angle (that’s a 3.8Km swim, 180 Km ride, 42 Km run), but also capture what I saw as a kind of weird juxtaposition of immense physical exertion and unlikely dress code in an oddly urban setting, against a backdrop of everyday normal Swiss city life. It proved an unlikely mix and like much of our human existence presented plenty of photo op’s if you looked at these shenanigans through objective eyes.

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Lycra, aero helmets and elephants. When else can you caption like that? Nikon D3s, 16-35/4 @ 1/1000, f4.

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Old meet new. Now go play nicely. Nikon D3s, 70-200/2.8 @ 1/1000, f4.

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The most vociferous supporters were on “heartbreak hill”, the one meaty climb in the bike stage. These blokes were the most enthusiastic, helped along by a plentiful hoard of beer. They made my day. Nikon D3s, 16-35/4, @ 1/1000, f5.

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I can never resist photographing people with flags on their head. Don’t know why. Nikon D3s, 16-35/4 @ 1/1600, f4.

What gets a lot of competitors up the hill for the 3rd time is the support from family. Nikon D3s, 70-200/2.8 @ 1/1000, f3.2.

Family support, shrieking loudly and waving life-size pictures of their face is what gets competitors up the hill climb for the third time. Probably. Nikon D3s, 70-200/2.8 @ 1/1000, f3.2.

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The storm hits the calm. First lap of the 3.8Km swim breaks the still lake surface at about 7 am. Nikon D3s, 16-35/4, @ 1/1000, f4.5

Nikon D3s, 24-70/2.8 @ 1/1600, f5.

I’d give 10 Euros to know what she was thinking. Probably: “I wonder if I left the  oven on?” Nikon D3s, 24-70/2.8 @ 1/1600, f5.

Get in. Nikon D3s, 70-200/1.8 @ 1/2000, f3.2.

Get in. Nikon D3s, 70-200/1.8 @ 1/2000, f3.2.

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Ironman widows. Hey, thats what it says on their shirts. Nikon D3s, 16-35/4 @1/200, f4.

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Sponge. Nikon D3s, 70-200/2.8 @ 1/1250, f4.

Getting in close sometimes means getting wet. While other photographers use da long lens, getting in close puts you right in the action. I spent 2 hours in wet shoes afterwards. Nikon D3s, 16-35/4 @ 1/1000, f5.

Getting in close sometimes means getting wet. While other photographers used a long lenses and shot from 20m away, getting in close put me and the viewer right amongst the action. I spent 2 hours in wet shoes afterwards. Nikon D3s, 16-35/4 @ 1/1000, f5.

Foil-blanket, beer, enough said. Nikon D3s, 70-200/2.8 @ 1/640, f4.

Foil-blanket, beer, enough said. Nikon D3s, 70-200/2.8 @ 1/640, f4.

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