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Running... Again?

  If you know me you know there was a time about 10 years ago or so where I was running. A lot. At least 5 days a week and at least 5 miles a run. I wasn’t training, I wasn’t preparing for a race or a marathon. I just found myself enjoying the time spent running. I wasn’t obsessed with numbers, but I kept track of them all and liked seeing improvements in time and distances. It was good physical health and mental health. Then I tweaked my knee. Not bad enough that I couldn’t walk on it, just a tweak that told me I needed to back off of running for a little bit. So I decided on 2 weeks. At the end of 2 weeks I aborted a run very early as the pain was still there. 2 weeks became 3, became a month, became 5 years. 

A Snake in the Tanbark? (Photocentric)

A quick posting today. By the time this gets posted I may or may not be doing my civic duty and showing up for jury duty. I say "may not" because I have never had to actually show up fot it and I'm hoping the streak continues. I would like to serve, if trials were actually speedy. Blogger updated their templates to include some rather neat dynamic/HTML5 views. Sadly I'm unhappy with how this blog works on them. I'll be doing some changes to see if I can get things to work the way I want them to, so please ignore the dust as I experiment with some things. Today's shot is a visitor I came across while working in the backyard. Not something I see everyday, that's for sure, and I'm not sure who was more surprised him or me.

The Fog Comes Rolling In (Photocentric) UPDATED

So Blogger has finally  updated the way it handles photos. I'm not so sure that it's better than what I was using, but it's not bad. What's so different? When clicking on an image in one of my posts it will show the image in a Picasa viewer, very similar to the Lightbox viewer I coded into the site. It's not as elegant as what I had, but it's a darn sight better than what they had to begin with. I was kind of bummed about it at first because when it was first showing up my Lightbox and their viewer both opened giving essentially 3 layers (the original page, my Lightbox, their viewer) and the user had to close two of them to get back to the page. Thankfully I just needed to take out a bit of code put in the template to get everything working again. Todays shot is a companion to  this  shot that I shot earlier this month. Originally I didn't like because it was too colorful, but now I like the different feel of the shot. Update: Of course after I blog

Mausoleum (Photocentric)

Today's posting is a 3 shot HDR of a mausoleum located in a cemetery that I happened to see over the Labor Day weekend. The cemetery itself was located in Ferndale where a lot of the movie Outbreak was filmed. It sits on a plot of land that starts off flat but quickly raises up to take up a hillside. I tried to take shots of the who plot of land, but they didn't really capture the steepness. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with this shot. Initially I put it through Silver Efex which gave it a more Halloween like look to it, but it didn't feel right for a shot taken in the middle of the day. I think a cemetery during the day has a much different feel than at night and the monochrome look didn't look right for a day shot.

Hiking Surprise (Photocentric)

I hope those of you who had a 3 day weekend enjoyed it. I took the time to get out and hike some. The first trail we hit didn't look very promising, until we rounded a bend and this came into view. I should have gone back to the car to grab the seldom used tripod that I had in there, but didn't want to hold up the rest of the group so did my best hand-held shot. So that's the first "problem" with this shot. The second problem I had was that it was washed out and pretty dull looking color wise. Like a previous shot  I took, I decided to try and HDR it to add a little punch to it. It turned out pretty good, I think. I really enjoy shooting panoramic shots, but find them a little disappointing when viewing them because they're restricted by my puny 22 inch monitor. When I first saw the house my thought was they were in a great place; sandwiched between rolling hills with the coast not far. Then I thought of the recent tsunami scare, and thought differen

The End of Summer (Photocentric)

Took a quick shot tonight that I didn't think would work out, but I'm really liking how it turned out so I had to share before my usual Thursday post. Hope you like it.

Roses Revisited (Photocentric)

After last week I thought I had had my share of roses, but they are back for one last encore. Well, it's more because I wanted to capture the dew drops that were on the roses. I was really happy with how the shots came out; capturing both the full rose and a more localized shot of the rose, and I wanted to find a way to show them all in an easy way. I could have posted my 3 favorite shots individually, but I wanted them all in one layout. I was surprised to find that an option in Aperture's printing menus allow to do just what I was looking for, but I was disappointed to find that there does not appear to be a whole lot of options for making it happen. So if anyone reading this knows of an Aperture plugin, or stand alone program, that does layouts drop me a line and let me know.

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