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Cape To Cape Run

22 Dec 2010 at 8:06pm

Yesterday I witnessed an amazing event. No, not two guys running 130kms from Cape Leeuwin to Cape Naturaliste. Better than that, Merv getting bogged in his 4WD. Photos to come under my soon to be established Blogileaks page.

Ok so Merv wasn’t the main attraction even after getting lost on a one way track and costing us valuable time covering this prestigious event! It was all about the runners. Andrew and Michael, Dunsborough locals decided it would be a good thing to run the length of the Southwest coast. They started out at 4am in total darkness and finished in total darkness at a little after 11.15pm that day. It was a huge undertaking and hats off to these blokes, I felt for them so many times realising how far they had come and how much further they had to go. It was truly inspiring.

Covering the event was some of WA’s top shooters, and of course Merv came too. We had Markie “Mark” Stothard, Peter “Pete” Hodgson, Mervie “Merv” French, Jamie “the Nic” Nicolou, Michael “my brother” Fletcher, James “Petrol” Harrison, Jamie “the Pat” Paterson and Joe “pure” White. Awesome light was the order of the day and we had it all. Soakings, sunburn and Strain. It was a big day out but everyone performed admirably. Special thanks to Pete for digging Merv out of the bog. Did I mention photos to come!!!

The photos we took on the day will be produced into a coffee table book with all profits going to the Fred Hollows Foundation. I think you might want one of these on your shelf at home. More images to come as time permits.

Special thanks to my mate Benny at Team Digital for the loan of the Elinchrom Ranger Quadra kit. Between us we had three of them. Not bad and lots of fun to use.

This pic of Guillotines stood out to me straight away. Hows the cloud we had. Stuck with us most of the day till the end when it almost disappeared ย completely.

Shot on the 5d2 no less! Some cool Phase news coming up soon too.

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11 comments

  1. mervfrench says:

    “Pete digging me out of the sand “……. that’s a laugh.

    You softie’s from the south wouldn’t even follow us onto the beach …… no guts no glory !!!!

    We didn’t get lost either, we were just having a look around !!!!!

    A great day, both Pete and I really enjoyed it and it sure was a marathon effort by Andrew and Michael and it was a pleasure to be part of it.

    One of the big highlights for us was when we both went off with CF to get some shots of the guys. After waiting for them to come past Cf said ” I hope you guys got something cause I F%^&ED UP ”

    “YES” !!!! Pete and I said in unison throwing our fists in the air, ” He is human after all “

  2. Great story and cool shot there little buddy!

    You have so gotta tell me where that wave is…perfect A frame and peeling right and left!

    I am so going to smash that wave when I get down there next!

  3. Kym says:

    Secret spot Mark!!!! Just waiting for CF to get Margs awesome beaches into the galleries!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Michael says:

    What a day!

    Thanks to all of you for your part in an amazing day. To have undertaken 20hours of continuous photography and covered 130km of coastline between the capes is an amazing endurance effort itself. The great spirit and entusiasm that everyone had for the entire day was inspirational.

    Can’t wait to see the more of the pictures.

  5. Sounds like an adventure and a half, cannot wait for more tales and images ๐Ÿ™‚

    Love the blanket clouds in the image and hey Mark, now that I am a trained surf photographer, you get out there and get the wave, I’ll get the gold photos ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I like the way you all notice that each time I have been out with Fletch in the end I always end up short of petrol. Sorry I couldnt make the final leg but with no Fuel at Dunsborough or Busselton, I just made it home with engine surging (gasping) for fuel as ZI entered my street. Awesome day would do it again. From lobster-petrol head James

  7. muzz says:

    Nice shot CF – love the way those Elinchrom Rangers have bought out the texture in the clouds and softly lit the ocean with a gentle bounce flash ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Rod Thomas says:

    Sounds like fun mate…. Did you happen to get any images of the fstop bag in action mate… im starting this blog / facebook page and the more pics I got the merrier

    Rod
    How much are the books gonna be ?

  9. rod thomas says:

    Merv,

    If you can email it to me, that would be great….
    studio@rodthomas.com.au

    Hes not falling over in the water again is he ?

    Thanks mate and merry christmas ! !

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