Having landed after photo 1 in today’s series of images and caught up on a bit of sleep, I went out on an exploratory run of the city. I find running or cycling around cities a great way to get a feel for the place and today was no exception. The run/cycle doesn’t have to be continuous – in fact it’s better if it isn’t – stopping to take in these sort of views is just about obligatory and it helps to catch your breath and enable you to be out and about for much longer. This photo is taken from the Botanical Gardens and is a of view looking in almost exactly the opposite direction from photo 1 of earlier today. The theme of ‘framing’ is maintained by the overhanging branches of one of the many spectacular trees growing here.
It was late afternoon before I managed to get out to go for a run. There was a particular route I wanted to run and, as I was not sure if I would complete it before sunset, I took my head-torch with me. As the light was so dull and the limited views were not all that inspiring either, I decided to play around with camera settings, running speeds and backgrounds and see what sort of interesting images I could produce utilising the head-torch light. I think there’s scope here – with a lot more trial and error – for producing a lot better, but here’s 2 of the more interesting images from this attempt:
The first photo is one taken in the mountains today, featuring part of my family in downhill motion, in the tree-line, in what amounts to a dull winter light…….
The second photograph was taken in the mountains, exactly a year ago, features part of my family in downhill motion, in the tree-line, in what amounts to a dull winter light………….
Same, Same…….Only Different!
Manolo Blahniks – Blah! Jimmy Choos – Phoo! Christian Louboutin – Boo!
A brand new pair of Salomon XT Wings 3 Mountain Trail Running Shoes on their first outing in the wet and murky Hong Kong hills……Mmmmmmmm!!!!!……………..Weird, my wife!
The weather has been dreadfully dull and dreary of late; hardly inspirational for photography. Anyway, I had thought the lack of light might enable me to experiment with trying to convey a blurred sense of motion in some running photos. It turned out that the weather was so miserable we were reluctant to hang about trying much at all. This was the best of a very small bunch, captured between the downpours!
I have to go to work this evening and won’t finish until 3.30 tomorrow morning..ugh! However, life on the boat starts at about 6 a.m. and there’s very little sound proofing, so I had no choice but to be awake at that time this morning. In an effort to prepare myself for an afternoon snooze we set off early to try and find some trails to run on and to wear myself out. As we are acclimatising to the heat and exercising more, we are able to run further afield and this is opening up some much better areas to exercise in. Very local short runs of up to 30 mins restrict you to concrete and traffic; 1 hour or more gets you, briefly, onto this type of terrain around Tai Lam Chung reservoir – no contest! Wear me out it certainly did (we are a long way away from the fitness levels required to run the full 15km around the reservoir) and the afternoon nap came very easily. Poor Mrs daybydaybyphoto now has to cope with Friday evening teenage sleepovers with much less respite.