Stopping to take photos when it's cold is a little difficult. Feet that had been feeling comfortable while running get cold really fast while standing still. It also breaks my little dog Daffodil's rhythm and she pulls on the leash causing the camera to jerk while I'm trying to take the picture.
I used to bring along both my cell phone and my camera, but since I got my new Droid, I've been digging the photos it takes and love that my little running pack has more room in it. I need extra room because in the winter I have to jam a little pack of tissues and some chapstick in there with all the doggie bags and paper towels.
The reason for this post is that it was so breathtakingly beautiful along the river the other day that I took a bunch of shots, trying to get just the right one to use with my third barefoot-in-the-cold post.
But when I tried to choose there were things about each photo I liked and I find it hard to choose. To some people, each and every one of these photos will just seem the same and it won't seem like such a difference. But to me, there is beauty in every slight shift of the angle. Maybe that's why I don't mind running the same route over and over again. It's not boring to me because each time I move a little it's a new vista.
Of course I'm not exactly looking at this when I'm barefoot running. I'm actually mostly looking at the ground. It's amazing how one can be aware of one's surroundings, however, while scanning the ground. I feel that barefoot running has promoted and developed this awareness in me.
I'm not experimenting with the settings on the camera. It is just set to "auto." I'm mostly thinking composition. I haven't really had to worry as much about composition now that the digital age is here, because now you can do your composing when you get home by cropping photos. Yet, all those years of using film cameras and trying to compose while shooting made me enjoy the process if trying to see if I could make the shot come out right with my camera positions and angles. Just a left-over hobby from the days of 35mm film.
So, here's some photos, in the order in which they were shot (I think), and what I liked about each one of them and why I needed to take another. I hope you enjoy them.
|I liked the partial sun in the upper right corner of this photo, but I didn't feel I captured the effect of the sun shining on the water. I decided to move up a little further to see if I could get more of the river in the picture.|
|In this one, I got more of the river and the light on the river. I liked that I had some of the running path in the photo, but it all got spoiled by the big telephone pole in the middle. Looked up ahead and decided I could get a better shot if I just moved past the telephone pole.|
I really hope you enjoyed me taking you through this barefoot photography process.