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. 

Covered Bridge

Covered Bridge - Antique Plate Style
Haven't had much desire or inspiration to pick the camera up and shoot lately. I've found my Moto X to be a capable shooter for quick shots when I've been out and about. No, I'm not saying my X is taking the place of my camera setup, but it's a great tool to have. When I recently went looking for some photo fun I revisited a subject I briefly visited with +The Patch - PhotogrAphy Themed CHallenge for an architectural theme, the covered bridge. The timing was good too. For whatever reason I tend to associate covered bridges with Halloween and fall. It might be the various Legend of Sleepy Hollow movies and TV shows, or the large number of photographers who just have to post their East Coast fall foliage photos exploding with color against a quaint covered bridge. Either way, the timing worked out.

Covered Bridge HDR B&W
I felt to get the Halloween feel a monochrome process would work best. Especially since the foliage around this bridge wasn't very enticing. It's interesting how perspective can change a shot. The above shot has the bridge seemingly being swallowed up by the trees around it. But the antiqued shot at the top of the post shows the brush being not nearly as invasive.

Front and Center HDR
For this shot I wanted to give the bridge a larger presence so lowered the tripod so I was shooting up into the bridge. I wanted to make sure I captured the beams inside the bridge and felt an HDR shot worked best for this. I was originally going to convert this to a monochrome shot also, but liked the color displayed in the beams.

Moto X VSCO Cam shot
A similar shot taken with my Moto X and processed using VSCO Cam, my go to for mobile shot processing.

Inside Moto X with VSCO Cam
Some shots are just easier to take with the phone. I took this shot with both my X and my G3 handheld in a the dark bridge. The goal was composition; get the diagonals lined up nicely in the corners, the love declaration square in the middle, and relatively straight. The X, surprisingly, was easier to get the shot. The fact the phone shoots natively in 16:9 makes composition different than the native 4:3 of my G3. Yes, I can auto crop my G3 to shot 16:9 in camera, but I prefer to make use of all the pixels I have and crop once I'm in Aperture.

Be sure to click the photos to see them larger and to easily scroll through the photos on the page. And, since I don't get to posting my mobile photos on the blog much, you can catch them on my VSCO Grid here.


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