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. 


Long Exposure Stream
The original way to stream
I have some 40 different project, or shoots, in Aperture that I've taken so far this year. Think of these as sessions of when I was shooting. My new project is to go through these 40 and do what I should have done when I first imported these photos, weed out the crappy ones and focus on the quality ones, then tag the finished shots as ready to be used here, or where ever, so I don't spend an hour every so often looking for a shot, processing it, then posting it. I suffer from digital pack-ratitis, and the wrong belief that with a little (or in some cases a lot) of post work I can save a picture. Don't get me wrong, there's a lot that can be done with a RAW file and the right tools, but you have to have something decently shot to get good results, and, shocker, not everything I shoot is decent.

This shot was taken with my, then, new tripod and four stop ND filter that gave me a nice long twenty second exposure at f22. As is the nature for micro four-thirds cameras, or so it seems, even with the lowest ISO setting of 160 the picture still suffered from a lot of noise, which is where Topaz Labs DeNoise came into play. Aperture, now many years without a significant upgrade, has very lackluster noise reduction tools so it's no stretch to say DeNoise is awesome! Then the bulk of the work was done in my new favorite plugin by Topaz, Clarity.

If you're a fellow American I hope you have a wonderful July Fourth!


  1. So long exposure time creates the soft hue of the moving water?

    Does this work for anything in motion? Does the speed and direction of the moving whatever matter?


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