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. 

Holiday Lights

Carson Mansion
This is the Carson Mansion in Old Town Eureka. I can't imagine the work that must be done in hanging all these lights on the house. The shot is a 7 shot HDR and will more than likely grace Christmas cards next year, so act surprised. I find shooting houses with lights like this to be tricky. You wouldn't think it, but those little lights can easily overwhelm a photo. And waiting for complete darkness is a mistake. The HDRing does a decent job of keeping them in check while bringing out the other parts of the house. The large star was actually the moon, but it didn't come out very well, so a little star burst was added. I think it worked well since it will probably be made into a card. The lighting of the area was with some horrible, but probably historically correct, yellow lighting that was a challenge both in shooting and in processing. RAW files help a lot, and the ability to paint in white balance corrections, especially in the walkway, really helped out.

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday, whatever you celebrate, and have a good New Year. Think I'll be be taking a break from the blog until the start of the year, so I'll see you in 2014.

Before I leave, Google has some Autoawesome features for the holidays, Snow and Twinkle, and I liked what it did to one of my shots here


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