In September 2012 I had finally the possibility to take part on the creative photo workshop with
Harald Mante. I never been to one before, so I had no idea, what to expect. The workshop started on Friday and continued eight days until Saturday with a small exhibition of the results on Sunday. In the end, it was really exciting and more than worth to take part in it.
The workshop started early in the morning with a theory part, told us by Harald using masses of dias, shot by himself. The theory covered subjects as composition, color and form, photographin in series and sequnces and others. Harald is famous for his teaching classes on color photography and it’s a real pleasure to listen to his story telling. After midday we went out to make pictures and tried to put in practice what we just learned. In the afternoon we came back to the classroom and showed the results to each other and Harald. Despite the fact that we used digital cameras, our mentor advised us to print out the pictures in a cheap direct printing service and put the pictures on the table to classify and select interesting motives. In the end of the week we selected from hundrets of pictures sevel motives and put them on big sheets of paper using scissors and glue – every participant created ten collages.
Finally, I’m looking back on a very exciting workshop by a real guru of arts. The time spent together was interesting in two aspects – a very interesting person, a famuos teacher, photographer and artist Harald Mante and his incredible course on photography and especially on the subject of series and sequences. Even if I didn’t manage to create a good sequence, I had the opportunity to see how Harald is selecting pictures and listen to his tips. Thank you Harald!
erwähnt, habe ich heute am 29.
Internationalem Airport Race in Hamburg teilgenommen. Um 10:00 bin ich mit meinen treuen Laufkumpels und Nachbarn Arndt und Steffen mit dem Fahrrad losgefahren und war gegen 10:20 bereits auf dem Gelände von LSV. Raus aus dem Stadion geht es Weg Beim Jäger hoch, dann bis zum Flughafen, dort in einem Parkhaus P5 ein Stockwerk hoch, über die Zeppelinstraße, hinter der Lärmschutzwand entlang, Holtkoppel bis zum Wald, und dann bis zum Krohnstieg. Durch den Tunnel durch und an der Landebahn lang ganz bis zum Ende der 05/23 Landebahn, bis man dann wieder in den Stadion einbiegt: insgesamt 16,1km. Zusammen mit 2953 anderen Teilnehmern ging auch mit dem Laufen pünktlich um 11:00 los. Mein Ziel war es unter 1,5 Stunden das Ziel zu erreichen. Nach den anfänglichen 5:30min/km habe ich recht schnell in den Rhythmus gefunden. Nach dem Krohnstiegtunnel habe ich einen Pace-Maker gefunden, der zwischen 5:00 und 4:35 auf einen Kilometer mich regelrecht durch die Strecke gezogen hat. Am Ende war ich mit meinen 1:22:06 super zufrieden. Was mich richtig überrascht hat war die Altergruppenplatzierung: Nummer 76 in der M30. Der einzige Wermutstropfen ist, dass ich vergessen habe die Pulsuhr direkt nach dem Finish auszuschalten, und so lief die und zeichnete
Es hat trotzdem, auf jeden Fall super Spaß gemacht!
Some of you noticed my interest in jogging. The reason for that were my preparations for my first half-marathon. On June 23 at 10:00 I started with other 6321 runners from the Hamburg Reeperbahn towards the harbour, along the Elbe, through the Wallring tunnel, over the Kennedy Bridge towards the Outer Alster from the east shore to the north to finally finish on Rothenbaum Chaussee near the tennis courts. This is the track of the
18. Hella Halbmarathon in Hamburg. My aim was to finish below two hours and I got it in the end in 1:53.12, which makes me the 258. in my age.group and 1367. in gender group.
Since it was my first half-marathon, I was very excited and could not sleep well (ok, it was because I’ve been invited to celebrate the wedding). Since it was raining cats and dogs, a usual Hamburg weather, I had no problems with overheating. Still it was a new experience, since I never practiced in the rain. The temperature is a natural self-regulation mechanism which was just not there in the race. Another novelty was the ability to drink on the way, but I’m not sure if it helps more or hurts more, since I was out of the rhythms and breath after each water supply station I used. I’m sure it is essential during the marathon, but for the half distance I could have left it out.
Running with a GPS watch gives a lot confidence. After the beginning euphoria, I forced myself to run two kilometers in 11 minutes to stabilize the breath and warm up the mussels and then stabilized myself on 5:20 for a kilometer. Sometimes it was difficult to resist and continue to run with constant speed, since the dynamics of the group is influencing one a lot. I tried to find a person running the same pace. After you find one it is very disappoining if the person falls back. In contrast to that the samba drummers are really motivating and provides a real push. I was wondering how many people were supporting us in the rain.
Once you spot the finish line, you forget anything about the previous 20km and step on it last time. After I finally crossed the imaginary finish line I had a feeling that I can just continue running for another 6-8km, most runners know what happens after it. The
endrophine after the finish line is astonishing. For all who does not understand this nonsense running thing, try it and you will get paid on the finish.
After the finish, still in the rain, but really happy I was received by the photographs. I promised myself to buy a picture, but paying €11,36 for one image is really too expencive for me. So no happy picture, but the certificate of participation. After a small nap for a week, I continue the practice for the next 10 miles run,
Airport Race on September the 2nd. A nice track around Hamburg airport. Join me!