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The calm moments before a run, contemplating the task ahead.


Considering the image:  I missed my run today.  Sometimes life overtakes even the most disciplined of us.  However, I was able to take a few moments and consider the reasons I love the sport.  One of those reasons is the calm  I experience just before a run, focused on the task ahead.  I see my body respond to the impulses, quickening my pace and feel the exertion.  It does not matter if the run is an easy few miles of recovery pace or a PR marathon.  I love the moments before the first step, when all is possible and you stand there, connected to the road beneath you, energized and serene.  I wanted to capture something of that moment in today’s image.

Making the photograph:  This is a simple, available light shot.  I placed another pair of shoes in the road that I could set focus with on the 40D and EF 80-200mm f/2.8L lens.  I set the camera to aperture priority with f/2.8 to get a minimum depth of field because I wanted the shot background to extend to blurred nothingness.  I set the 10 second self timer, clicked the shutter button, and then ran to stand where the other shoes were.  Click.  Easy day.  I only used four exposures to get the composition I wanted.  Post processing used a High Pass Contrast layer, black and white layer with a mask to let the yellow through, and sharpening.  Easy day as far as the technical side goes.

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Written by Brian Fancher

May 17, 2010 at 7:28 pm

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