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. 

Week 9 GPlus Project 52

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This week's picture from the Project isn't much artistically. In fact besides a little cropping I did nothing to the photo. But, to me it'll be memorable because this is the last useable image from my 4 year old Canon SX10is.

I had been suspecting problems with the camera for about a month now since photos were coming out with a very distinctive look to them; dark area details were being totally lost, and bright areas were also losing detail. I then compared it with a cheaper, though of the same vintage Canon A570is and was blown away by the difference. The smaller "lesser" camera was producing shots that were blowing my big camera out of the water. And now the SX10 will only shoot black pictures. My guess is the shutter gave out at 11,300 shutter actuations, or times I pressed the shutter button. I haven't gotten an answer to if 11,300 actuations is a large number of shots or not, but it feels kind of small; that works out to less than 3,000 shots a year, or about 235 shots a month. I don't normally get emotionally attached to gadgetry, but I will definitely miss this camera. I learned a lot about photography, light, and art with it, and a bit about myself. I think I'll keep it around, maybe even put on a shelf in this shot, as a reminder.

So today will mark the last SX10 shot, well at least new shot, but a new camera is coming. Hopefully it will come in time for me to take part in next week's Project shoot.

You can view this, and the rest of my Project 52 photos here.


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