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. 

B-17 Engines

B-17 Engines HDR
B-17 Engines
I recently got to see the Wings of Freedom group again at Moffett Field. I'm not sure why, but I didn't get many shots that I liked. I'm not sure if it was the setup of the planes, the harsh mid-day sun, or just a lack of creative spark but either way I came away with a lot of shots, and only two or three that I liked. This is an HDR shot of the engines of the B-17G Flying Fortress. I don't normally like doing what I call "parts of" shots, but this one worked for me.

Photo details: As I mentioned it is an HDR composed of seven brackets then processed in Photomatix Pro. From there I put it through the Topaz Labs suite of plug-ins. I know I've mentioned it a couple times (at least) earlier, but Clarity is my new favorite tool. I literally can't wait to get to that step in my process. To finish the shot off I used Star Effects to add some flair.


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