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 27

Week 27 Panorama
Farm Road
Wow, we're on the second half of the year. It's July already?! Well for +Project 52 B&W our theme was a panorama picture. I suppose there are different ways to interpret this, but I took it to mean a panoramic photo, which to me is a photo made up of multiple photos. I was hoping to catch a coastal shot, but ended up using this shot. This was a large, for me, ten shot panorama. If you're viewing this on a monitor be sure to click the photo to see it larger.

A quick bit about the shooting and stitching of the shot. I have found that orienting the camera in portrait position typically gives me better results and more area to crop from without eating into the subject of the photo. The downside to the portrait orientation is that the lens or the camera doesn't line up with the axis of the tripod so it rotates around the axis giving it some issues when lining things up for the stitching of the photo. An L bracket mount for my camera and tripod would fix that, now if I could only find one.

I'm in search of a good piece of software that does panorama stitching, and doesn't require a math Ph.D to figure out. I try as hard as possible to stay away from Adobe Photoshop, and only use it (in Photoshop Elements form, which I got with my Wacom Capture) when Pixelmator won't hack it, or when doing panoramas as I generally get better results than with the much more complex Hugin. If you have a suggestion leave me a comment.

Week 27: My Flag's Colors
Happy 4th of July!
For +Weekly Photo Project 2013 our theme was Our Flag's Colors. I had hoped to capture something other than the flag, I even tried looking for a UK flag to fill theme requirements and to celebrate Andy Murray's Wimbledon win. Instead you get this admittedly overly done US flag flying at half mast, sadly, in honor of the nineteen firemen killed in Arizona fires.

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


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