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. 

Fave 5 From 2012 Part 5: The End

Under the Pier, favorite of 2012
Under the Pier

It's the last Thursday of 2012, and with it comes the last of my favorite five shots. These aren't the blog's most popular photos (which you can see on the right side), but are the photos that I enjoyed taking, working on, and looking at the most. The order picked is random, so today's shot is not the least-favorite or the most favorite shot of 2012.

Along with my photo picks of 2012 I thought I'd highlight five books that I really enjoyed. I mean to write more about the books I read, but am finding it hard to do. Two types of ratings I don't generally bother with looking at are for books and for music. They're so subjective that people can and do often times have opinions that very much differ from my views. So think of these not as reviews of the books, but more of why I liked them.

About the Shot

This is a shot that had been percolating around in my head for a while now. I had seen a lot of great shots, and the under the pier shot seemed to be an HDR must shoot. If done well it can be a great example of what HDR can do: balancing exposure for both the dark under the pier area and the brighter surrounding area. Taking the shot was half the fun, and you can read more about it on the original post here. I plan to try again with the new G3 shortly. This was a longish three exposure set of brackets making use of my neutral density filter to smooth out the water. 

About the Book

An odd book, "1Q84"
An odd book
I don't remember how I heard about 1Q84, maybe on Goodreads, but I'm pretty certain none of my friends had read it or recommended it. The story is a little strange. It takes place in Japan in 1984, but then there's an alternate 1984 Japan where nearly everything seems the same for the main characters. There's a book that sounds like fairy tale but isn't. There are little people, cults, and weird happenings. The writing style is good though, so even though I kept thinking how weird this book was I wasn't about to put it down. I enjoyed it for being something different, but I'm not sure this is for everyone.


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