Why do you get up early on 5 o'clock on a Sunday morning? Because the Ironmen and women are in town! Like every year the Wörthersee and its surroundings get visited by the worlds toughest athletes. Which means they have to swim for 3.86km, bike 180km and run 42 km – a marathon. A lot of amateurs participate as well (~98%), having a time limit from the start at 7 am till midnight. The best of the best just need 8 hours for that immense exertion.
Mgratzer, cassing, gholzer and unplug grabbed our camera gear and made a photowalk out of it. And we did walk a lot … (approx. 12km, I carried too much gear btw ;-) ) I shot 2000 pics and enjoyed my Nikon D300.
please non-photography-geeks skip this part:
I mainly used my 18-200 3.5-5.6 with my SB-600, loved the cheap Peleng 8mm fisheye, did a couple of shots with an old MF Nikkor 105 2.5 lens, borrowed gholzers Nikkor 70-300mm, did like 20 shots with my lensbaby 2.0 and changed to my sigma 30mm 1.4 at night. I used a battery grip for my D300, it increases usability, speed and your perspiration ;-) I geotagged my pics with my i-blue 747 and GeoSetter. For editing I use Lightroom and Photoshop with the Hemi Fisheye Plugin and Viveza.
I tried to delete a lot of pics on site, which drained battery life and I went home at noon for recharging a battery and copying pics to my PC. We had a great afternoon and even went swimming in the lake which is pretty warm, regarding all the rainy days …