On the 29th June 2013 I will be setting off on one of my more adventurous endurance challenges when I attempt to run the length of the Thames River Path in five days. The 160 mile journey starts at the Thames river source, located on the outskirts of the quiet Gloucestershire village of Kemble, and will end at the Thames Barrier in London. To prevent any chance of PWS (photography withdrawal syndrome) I will be taking a compact system camera with me to document my run. Given that I am a portrait photographer it will offer a chance for me to break out of my comfort zone and take some scenic landscape photos to capture the beauty of Britain. Perhaps I will also take some self-portraits, although this will definitely contradict the beauty of Britain theme. As my current Nikon D700 with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens does not quite fit the definition of a compact camera I have been spending a lot of time researching suitable options. One of the main criteria is that it will need to endure a rigorous five days of bouncing around in my backpack. Of course it will also have to be capable of producing some good quality printed photographs as I plan to have an exhibition of some of my favourites from the run. Needless to say the shortlisted cameras I want also happen to be the most expensive. What I am hoping is that I can get a photographic company to sponsor me a camera which I will then raffle off (at my exhibition) to raise money for the National Trails team who do a great job of maintaining and improving the Thames Path.
So, aside from my personal reasons for doing this run I really want to try and encourage people to pick up a camera, get outdoors and appreciate beautiful Britain.