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. 

Pigeon Point

The lighthouse at Pigeon Point
Pigeon Point Lighthouse
Pigeon Point was difficult to shoot. For one it was the middle of the day giving me very harsh light to work with. And two a very ugly, but probably necessary, fence runs around the lighthouse itself. So getting a close up shot that didn't have the fence is near impossible. And I certainly don't relish the thought of painstakingly removing a chain-link fence stroke by stroke. Thankfully I was able to find a gap in the fence and snap this.

In terms of processing I wanted to emphasize the state of disrepair the lighthouse is in, so pulling out details of both the white walls and rust and decay was necessary. I find that the hardest work I have to do recently is cleaning up solid blue skies. This makes working with photos a little more difficult as I'll DeNoise for the subject then DeNoise far more aggressively for the sky then mask in/out the sky, depending on which is easier to do.


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