Showing posts from January, 2015

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. 

Leading Lines

Leading Line (and Arches) Ah, the first photo post of 2015. I'm taking 2015 easy, as far as photo projects go. After 3 years of participating in, and/or running a weekly photo project, and all the associated deadlines of that, I'm relaxing with a monthly photo project. The project is called the 12 Rules of Photography Project, and deals with primarily 12 compositional rules. For January the rule was leading lines. My goal for the project was to have a number of photographs to choose from when selecting my final shot. I wanted quality shots. Possible gallery shots. Well, I started off on the wrong foot. The Black Sand Beach shown above is located on the Lost Coast of California. It's not exactly easy to get to, but I was excited to check it out. Unfortunately my camera was set to shoot just JPEGs for the previous postings on here. The JPEGs came out ok, but didn't give me the flexibility in post processing that RAWs give. After having played around with three or fo

Plantronics BackBeat GO

BackBeat GO So these just came in. Platronics BackBeat GOs. Initial thoughts are they are far more comfortable than the Jarv earphones, and feel more stable in the ear. Surprisingly these buds aren't that much smaller than the Jarv. Maybe the fact that they're more sculpted than the Jarv makes them seem smaller. Jarv on the left, Platronics on the right Where things are more noticeable is in the wire of these wireless earbuds and the controller. Jarv on top, Platronics on bottom As you can see the cord of the Jarv looks to be twice as thick (though a little shorter) than the Platronics BackBeat GO. The controller is also quite a bit smaller. Nice thing with the BackBeats are the buttons are raised +, ▪︎ and - signs making them more distinct when using the fingers to figure out which button is which. The Jarv has three of the same sized and shaped buttons. These are Bluetooth 2.1 models, so not the leading edge in Bluetooth tech. Sound while sitting in front of

My Last Shot of 2014

Bridge This is literally my last photo taken in 2014. Now I'm sure there could be some symbolism applied to the photo. How the bridge is taking us into the new year where we don't know what to expect, or some other metaphysical mumbo jumbo, but I just liked the leading line of the bridge and the reflections of it and the clouds in the water. Couple of things my photography friends should make sure to do with the new year: If you use a watermark update that, and if you use IPTC data (metadata that gets stamped on import, for me, in my workflow) make sure you update that to reflect 2015. Photographically for me 2015 will be a step back in terms of projects. After having participated in one 52 week project, then running and off and on participating in two others I'm feeling the need to take a breather. I have signed up to do a photo a month project that focuses on composition. Composition is something I need to work on, and a shot a month is far less time consuming than

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