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. 


Separated in black and white
First the big news. For 2014 I've gotten together with +Scott Davenport (of Scott Davenport Photo fame), +Julianne Bockius, and +Andrew Willard to run another 52 week project, +The Patch - PhotogrAphy Themed CHallenge. We're taking the theme idea and tweaking it a little with weekly themes that are related to a monthly theme. There will also be a monthly contest with the winner receiving a +Topaz Labs plug-in of their choice. Come by and check us out.

Now about the photo. I'm liking borders on my black and white photos recently, but not so much on my color shots. I'm thinking part of the reason is it's easier for the border to blend into the photo when the border and photo are made up of blacks and whites. That way the border isn't too overbearing and easily compliments the photo. I have some plugins that allow me to change border colors, but I have a hard enough time matching my clothes nevermind border colors. I'm hoping to get my annual top 5 photos of this year going later today, so stay tuned for that. I've taken some 4,000 photos this year and have posted maybe 100 or so photos on this blog, so it's a little daunting to pick my 5 favorites.

In the meantime this scene screamed for the black and white treatment, and so I obliged. I even (shutdder) added grain to it. After I scraped it noise free.


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