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 30

Week 30: S-Curve
Streaking S-Curve
I'm late to posting this entry because I only shot this last night. I didn't know what I was going to shoot for +Weekly Photo Project 2013 and our theme of S-Curve, but I didn't want it to be an s-curve of a road or trail. Yeah, technically this is a road, but I'm hoping you'll overlook the road and concentrate on the streaks of light. The road wasn't quite busy enough to get all these streaks so I ended up layering three shots on top of each other to get it right. Shooting was easier done than I thought it would be. Set the camera in manual and adjust the aperture to f.13. The shutter I set on Bulb mode, which allows me to open and close the shutter as I see fit, and fixed the focus on the mid-part of the curve. Thanks to +Andrew Willard for bringing this feature to my attention. Then using my wired remote I opened the shutter just as the car enters the frame and close it as it exited. Exposures were as short as eighteen and as long as thirty-four seconds. Layering done in Pixelmator.

Week 30: Macro
Up Close
 For +Project 52 B&W our theme was Macro. I don't enjoy shooting macro shots for a couple reasons. First, I don't really have the equipment to shoot really good macro. I don't have a dedicated lens for it and my camera/lens combo doesn't offer a macro mode. And second I don't really "see" in macro. Which is part of reason to do projects like this in the first place, to experience something different. So I got as close as I could to the flower, which nicely filled the frame, but I wanted it to be more. So I aggressively cropped the shot, and in processing went overboard in the color version to get the middle part to pop more, knowing that it was be toned down once it got converted to B&W. All post processing done within Topaz Labs plugins, with the final conversion done in Black & White Effects 2.

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


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