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. 

Spring Has Sprung

Dirt road lined with lupine
The Golden Brick Road, lined in lupine
I realize it's been awhile since posting, but here goes. I have a backlog of photos taken with some new gear (more on that in another post. Hopefully) so I'm going to post some that have only seen minimal processing within the Google Photos service? App? All in all I'm really impressed with how much Google Photos has progressed over the years. Until I get Lightroom setup on a new computer, Google, and a handful of other apps, will have to handle the workload. 

As most people are aware California enjoyed A LOT of wet weather this past winter, and with wet winters come a lot of wild flowers in bloom when spring rolls around. These shots are just a small taste of lupine growing wildly around. I had a hard time trying to show depth; to convey just how much of this stuff was growing here. I tried the above shot, using the road to bring the eye through the photo.

Lupine close up
 With this shot I actually used my super tele lens to get a nice close up of some lupine then blur the rest of hillside out in a hope to convey some depth. I don't think it worked well as it went from in focus to blurry really quick without much of a gradual blurring.

Lupine hillside
I think the re-framing of this shot did a better job of conveying the size of the hill with not as drastic of a drop in sharpness.

It's funny, the last two shots I used my 40-150 (80-300 in 35mm terms) lens, at it's full zoom. I confess I didn't really think I'd be using that lens for landscape work, but I think it worked out pretty well.


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