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. 

Rocky Beach (Photocentric)

I knew that a better camera wouldn't make a better photographer, but I'm finding there is a learning curve moving from a point and shoot to a more fully featured model. With the SX10 I found that my settings tended to fluctuate between extremes because it was only at these levels that I could see a result. Also, when talking about aperture settings, the Canon had a 2.8-8 whereas the Panasonic has 3.5-22 and as a result I need to start recognizing light with this larger spread. Or I can do what I've been doing, using the Intelligent Auto setting to catch what the camera would use for aperture and shutter, then start from there in Aperture Priority.

My other issue I've been having is remembering to take the camera out of auto bracketing after shooting an HDR shot. Not realizing I've left it in auto bracket leads to the next five shots of different subjects have exposure values anywhere from -1.33 to +1.33, which when trying to take a panorama shot could be annoying. Hypothetically, of course.

Today's shot is a purposefully taken HDR shot. The camera can take 3 or 5 shots and I'm finding the 5 shots are working out pretty well. I do seem to find the Mega O.I.S (Panasonic's name for optical image stabilization) to not be as good as Canon's, or I'm not understanding how to use it correctly. Either way I should have used a tripod for this shot, even if the GF2 can shoot 5 shots faster than the SX10 could take 3 shots.

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