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. 

Weekly Photo Projects, Week 8

Week 8: Other Photographers
Don't mind the giant wave
This week I had one photo already accounted for which gave me 7 days to concentrate on the other one. Unfortunately the weather wasn't cooperating, and I had a general disinterest in shooting anything.

For the +Weekly Photo Project 2013 our theme was Other Photographers. Last year it required me to go into my archive to find a photo where I had inadvertently captured another photographer. This year I used a shot I took a couple week earlier specifically for this project. When I first saw these two it was just as a wave was going to hit and I thought for sure they were going over. But they didn't even react to it and kept at it. They were taking turns shooting and modeling. Talk about a dramatic portrait session.

Week 8: Isolation
So close
For the black and white group I was in some trouble. The theme was isolation, which wasn't the worst theme, but I just wasn't motivated. The weather also wasn't cooperating with getting out to shoot. So I spent 6 days doing nothing or going through my recent archive looking for something. I knew what I wanted, a group of something with a loner off to the side. I suppose I could have staged it, but I'm not a big fan of doing that. So off to the beach where I made something work. This lone rock separated from the bigger group of rocks.

In regards to processing this photo I used the newly released Topaz Labs Black & White Effects 2, a much improved product over version 1. I never knew that black & white conversion could be so difficult with so many options. I used to think of black and white as limiting, but for the right photo it can be very freeing, and Topaz Labs and Nik have different ways of going about it. Give them a try. 

You can view my Weekly Photo Project album here.
My black & white project album here.


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