A Mermaid in Little Yosemite, with Honey Baby88

Model Honey Baby88 and I had talked earlier this year about doing a waterfall shoot with her mermaid outfit, but circumstances dictated that we really couldn't get together until summer.  While we were planning this shoot, we worked on trying to find a suitable waterfall that didn't involve a long hike.  After doing some research, we settled on a tiny waterfall in Little Yosemite, which is located in Sunol, CA.  It was about a 1.5 mile hike from where we parked to the actual shoot location.

One of the things I set out to do with this project was to shoot from the perspective of someone watching the mermaid.  So as much as possible, I shot from angles that an observer would take, and also made sure to have type of foreground interest, as if the observer were spying on the mermaid from above, or from behind a boulder or stone facade.

Thankfully the spots we wanted to shoot at had shading from the rocks, but the lighting conditions were very very challenging because as you can see from the first photo, the rocks are white, and this made the entire scene very very bright.  Thankfully, my X-T2 has a maximum mechanical shutter speed of 1/8000sec so I would have had no worries had we shot out in the open, although the first shot necessitated the need for a neutral density filter.  Read on to find out why.

ISO 250   56mm lens with ND8 B+W filter  f/1.2   1/60sec

One funny side note about the above photo is that it took Honey about 10 minutes to position herself on the rock because she had to climb over to it, and then balance herself in such a way that she didn't actually fall into the water!  Her mermaid costume was tight and restricted the movement of her legs above the knee.  She made it safely though!

You're probably wondering why the shutter speed is so low and why I used an ND8 filter.  I needed to get the shutter speed low enough that the water from the small waterfall looked milky and smooth.  A high shutter speed would have frozen the beads of water like the image below.

ISO 200  56mm lens   f/1.2   1/240sec

What I like most about the above shot is again, that sense of looking in on the mermaid while she's unaware.  Perhaps she's distracted by something else or just feels safe enough to let her guard down.

The next shot is my favorite, mostly because the black and white conversion brings out a lot of details in the image that might otherwise be lost in a splash of color.  Her fin and her mermaid body really stand out in this shot.

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Of course, the final shot shows our mermaid taking full notice of who's watching her.  What happens next (to the watcher) is anyone's guess!

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The above shot was actually the most difficult to achieve.  The water wasn't that deep, maybe about 1.5 feet at the most, so Honey not only had to get her eyes within an inch of the water's surface, but she also had to tilt her head up enough so that it looked like she was coming straight up out of the water.  It's not too noticeable, but the blue line just to the left of her head is actually her mermaid fin.

I used the 56mm f/1.2 prime lens exclusively for this shoot because it's just the perfect portrait lens.  Fuji glass is extremely sharp, though you can see that the shot with the ND8 filter isn't as sharp as it could be.  Not exactly sure why.  Perhaps the ND8 filter might need a thorough cleaning.

Gear used:  Fuji X-T2 with 56mm f/1.2 lens and B+W ND8 filter.

Dirty Cello - Bluegrass and Blues at Old Mill Park

If you've not heard of Dirty Cello, check out their website.  Their music is amazing!  I hadn't been exposed to much bluegrass music until I listened to some of their work.  They're a lot of fun!  And this past summer they wrapped up a summer tour of Europe!

I photographed cellist Rebecca Roudman when she performed a free concert with pianist Noel Benkman at the Cadillac Hotel in early 2017.  Classically trained, Rebecca started Dirty Cello to play the other side -- so to speak -- of the cello.  After talking for a bit, I asked if she wanted to do a trade shoot and she agreed.

Rebecca chose Old Mill Park in Mill Valley as our shoot location, and what a wonderful location it is!  I'm very familiar with the bridge at Old Mill Park because it's the turnaround point for the Double Dipsea, and I've run that insane race three times.  We met on Labor Day afternoon and the results were stunning!

Enjoy the photos!  As always, I've included the camera settings for reference.  I also had to use a speedlight for all of the below shots because it was a bright, sunny day with a lot of dark shadows.  I had the ISO set to auto for the entire shoot.

First up is Rebecca.  I chose to shoot at a slight upward angle as if she were on a stage and you're looking up at her.

ISO 200   23mm lens   f/1.4   1/25sec

The wood of the Old Mill Bridge is absolutely amazing.  It has great reflective properties, although it did also present a challenge because it was bouncing a slight yellow tint into the camera.

Next is Jason.

ISO 320   23mm lens   f/2.0   1/125sec

You can see by the shadows where the speedlight is located.  My shutter speed was a little too low here so as Jason moved his head, his face went slightly out of focus.

This next shot is one of two that Rebecca chose for the Dirty Cello website.

ISO 200   16mm lens   f/1.4   1/250sec

The speedlight was located in the upper right hand corner of the frame, being held by a young lady who happened to be walking through the park with her mom.  (An interesting side note is that her mom just happened to be a fan of Dirty Cello!)  I was balancing on one of the thick wooden beams, and because it was so close to where Rebecca was, I had to use my 16mm prime lens to get all of the band members and the bridge's structure in the shot.  I later converted the image to sepia because ... hey, it's bluegrass so it needs kinda that older country feel to it!

Next was a nice solo photo of Hannah and her mandolin.

ISO 200   56mm lens  f/1.2   1/250sec

I didn't notice it until I started taking her photo that the frame of her glasses also matched the color of her mandolin.  I used the 56mm prime lens for her shot because I needed the background greens to fade out a bit.

Next we have Colin, the bass player.

ISO 200   56mm lens   f/1.2   1/250sec

I stuck with the 56mm lens again for Colin so that I could get a little subject isolation and make sure he was separated from the bright background.  The speedlight also helped with the added contrast.

Next is the second photo Rebecca chose for the Dirty Cello website.

ISO 800   35mm lens   f/4.0   1/125sec

Again, the sepia conversion to give it that bluegrass feel.  I also shot at f/4 just to keep everyone and their instruments in focus.

Here's a bit of a light-hearted moment with the band.  Not sure who was telling a joke, either Jason or Colin.

ISO 800   35mm lens   f/2.8   1/125sec

After Colin and Hannah left, I took some additional shots of Rebecca and Jason.  Here's a sweet moment between husband and wife.

ISO 640   90mm lens   f/2.0   1/125sec

Since I was using the 90mm prime lens, I had to stand pretty far back in order to get this shot.  And since I wanted to shoot wide open at f/2, I had to line them up just right to get Rebecca, Jason, and their instruments in focus.  I took the temperature up just a wee bit in Lightroom in order to achieve that warm feeling.

This is the first time I've ever had the honor of photographing a band, and it was a fun experience!  Rebecca provided some lovely classical pieces for my website in trade for these photos, and I'm still trying to figure how to get them on the site so that they can play automatically, but below is one of the classical pieces she recorded.  Hit PLAY and have a listen!

Gear used:  Fuji X-T2, 90mm f/2 prime lense, 56mm f/1.2 prime lens, 35mm f/1.4 prime lens, 23mm f/1.4 prime lens, 16mm f/1.4 prime lens, Yongnuo flashes and remote triggers.

Pilates ProWorks Burlingame - A View from the Outside

When I found out that a fitness studio was looking for photos for trade, that piqued my interest.  As you can tell, 99% of what I've done has been for trade or volunteer work.  Still dripping wet from an REI Advanced Standup Paddle Board class, I visited Pilates ProWorks Burlingame and its owner, Annabelle Jones.  Annabelle wanted some shots of her establishment and I rarely turn down an opportunity to get in some practice with the camera.  After chatting about her fitness studio and her classes, I showed up the following day to take some photos.

Below is one of the first photos of the day.  

ISO 200   16mm lens   f/1.4   1/4700sec

How was this achieved?

Initially, I didn't think much of the lettering on the window, though I did take photos of it.  But then I saw one of the customers walk right through the letters's shadow and the idea hit me.

It was 9am and the sun was shining right through the front window, so I knew I didn't have much time before the sun rose higher, thus moving the shadows from mid-level to the floor.  I asked one of Annabelle's employees who was working at the front desk to "model" for me.  I placed her in the best spot so that I could get as much of the lettering on her back, while also making sure the letters were in focus.  I slapped on my 16mm prime lens, made sure the aperture was wide open and ... voila!

ISO and shutter speed were set to auto.  I needed f/1.4 in order to isolate just the letters on her back.

I did the black and white conversion because the lettering on the window were both blue and reddish-orange, and the latter was really bright and would have drawn attention away from my model and the letters projected on her back.

More photos from Pilates ProWorks Burlingame in the next few weeks!

Gear used:  Fuji X-T2 and 16mm f/1.4 prime lens.

The Snail

I'm still trying to figure this one out.  I almost stepped on this little creature, and would have walked away and not given it a second thought. But then, look what's in its mouth. 

 

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I knew snails ate plants.  My poor mom had a little garden and the snails always chewed up some of her favorite plants.  But seeing this snail eat a piece of mulch or wood ... I just had to stop and take a picture with the Lightroom app on my iPhone.  

I had another blog entry in mind for this day, but what this snail was doing made me forget completely about that blog entry.  This sight was just so bizarre. 

As it turns out, snails not only have a mouth, but teeth as well!  Try thinking about that the next time you see one of them oozing towards you!

Captured Memories - Summer Breeze

Sometimes at a race, you'll get just one image that really strikes you to the core, but when I photographed Brazen Racing's Summer Breeze race, three such images popped out.

The first image was in the early morning, just before the start of the half marathon.  It was about 15 minutes before race start and the half marathoners were slowing working their way towards the starting corral.  Some were jittery, some were calm.  We all have our rituals -- myself included -- when it comes to races.  As I worked my way to the starting arch, I looked to the west, towards the bay, and noticed a lone runner sitting on a bench, contemplating.  I watched her for about a minute and noticed that she was still, lost in her own thoughts.  With the bay and the people in the background, it made such powerful image.  A moment of solitude before the madness of the race began.

ISO 400   50-140 lens @ 140mm   f/2.8   1/220sec

As is always the case, as the runners are lining up before the start of the pre-race briefing, I like to mingle amongst them and take their photos.  This was during the pre-race briefing for the 5K.  I came across these young ladies in their tutus.  But it was the comradrie of that single moment that struck me the most.

ISO 200   50-140mm lens @ 51.6mm   f/2.8   1/400sec

The most powerful image that day was this brotherly embrace.  Two brothers.  One running the 5K and the other dashing to give the older brother a hug as he crossed the finish line.  It was a touching moment.  A victorious moment for the older brother and a moment of pride for the younger one.  A moment of brotherhood captured in time.

ISO 200   50-140mm lens @140mm   f/2.8   1/600sec

Of Things to Come - Laura Benitez

There's something about country music that I never appreciated before until I listened to Laura Benitez at a solo concert.  The beauty of her voice and the emotion of the lyrics tugged at my heart strings the day that I shot this photo.

ISO 800   90mm lens   f/2.0   1/125sec

More pictures of Laura's concert in the next few weeks.

Captured Memories - Serenity Before the Race

Brazen Racing's Bad Bass Half Marathon is my anniversary race with the organization.  I will admit being a basket case a day or two before any half marathons because -- well, it's just me.  But upon arriving at Lake Chabot on that early Saturday morning, there was frost on the ground still at 6am -- frost in the summer!?! -- and hardly any people there, save for the Brazen Racing crew setting up.

As I walked toward the start / finish area with my camera, I was treated to an amazing sight.

ISO 200    16-55 lens @ 47mm   f/2.8   1/100sec

In the peace and serenity of the mist-covered lake, two fisherman stood patiently.  The image above was cropped quite a bit because my lens didn't have the reach, but the sensor of the Fuji X-T2 helped bring me in a little closer.

The above sight helped calm me down so that I could face the heat and the hills and the distance of the upcoming race.

Captured Memories - Solitude After The Race

A solitary runner sits on a rock.  Resting.  Contemplating.  The heat bears down on him.  He holds his finishers medal in his hands.  The agony of the race, was it worth it?

I shot the above image last year at Brazen Racing's Tarantula Run.  The previous year I had done the half marathon, and it was brutal!  The year this photo was taken, I did the 10k, which was hard enough in the heat.  Some time after I had crossed the finish line, and after I'd grabbed my camera to take some post-race shots, I saw this gentleman sitting on a rock.  I couldn't tell which distance he ran, but the look of exhaustion tells me it was the half marathon.  I snapped this shot as quickly as I could.  This image captures exactly what it was like to run such a long distance, climb up towards the sky, and have the sun beat down on you.

Though like most half marathoners, including myself, I'm sure this guy rested a bit, then went home and planned for his next race.

Joel Tepper Piano Concert at the Cadillac Hotel

It's summer at the Cadillac Hotel and concert season is in full swing.  Last month, pianist Joel Tepper dropped by to entertain the residents and passersby.

One of the inherent challenges of photographing pianists is that they're always in a fixed position, unless they're talking to the audience.  So it's always a challenge to photograph them in such a way that it looks interesting.

As always, I shot the entire concert with prime lenses, specifically the Fuji 23mm, 56mm, and 90mm lenses.

In an effort to counter motion-blur, my shutter speed was fixed at 1/125sec.  ISO was set to auto, but capped at 800.  And more often than not, I shot wide open.

Camera settings have been provided for reference.

ISO 200   23mm lens   f/1.4   1/125sec

Above is the Patricia Walkup piano, over 100 years old!

ISO 800   90mm lens   f/2   1/125sec

ISO 800   56mm lens   f/6.4   1/125sec

The above image is the only one where I shot at other than wide open.  I wanted not only the details of the pianist in focus, but also the sheet music.

ISO 800   90mm lens   f/2   1/125sec

ISO 800   90mm lens   f/2   1/125sec

ISO 800   23mm lens   f/1.4   1/125sec

As always, I like photographing from the back of the concert venue because the mailboxes provide such a nice leading line.

Stay tuned for more concert photos in the next few weeks!

Captured Memories - Stars & Stripes 5K 2017

There are shots that sometimes stand out.  You know the one.  It's that photo that, once you see it, brings back a flood of memories of an event.  This shot captured the entire day for me.  

I don't know the true story behind it, but looking at it, the story this photo tells me is that of a big sister finishing her 5K and her little sister rushing out from the crowd to run with her towards the finish line.

It's such a beautiful photo.  It speaks of family and sisterhood and the joy that permeated that 4th of July day.

Red, White, and Blue

It's a long holiday weekend for most of the United States.  I caught a fireworks display at the San Francisco Olympic Club a few days before 4th of July.  I tried to photograph this fireworks show last year, but the fog was so thick!  All anyone could see was the glow of the fireworks in the clouds.  This year though, the fog layer was a lot higher

I achieved the below shot using the Fuji X-T2 with 16mm f/1.4 lens set to f/11 and with manual focus.  I used a Fuji remote trigger and set the camera to bulb mode.  This shot was a 6 second exposure.

Early Happy 4th of July!!!!

On the Ride - Golden Gate Bridge Cycling Tour

REI's classes never fail to impress me.  It's not just the locations, but the quality of instruction for each class.  REI's instructors love what they do and many of them have other jobs and teach for REI on the side.

This particular class was more of an urban cycling course.  I must admit a certain fear of urban cycling.  Being a runner, the thought of being on the street anywhere near a car is frightening.  Basically, I worry about getting hit.  And I've been in enough situations where a driver is not looking while making a turn and had I not been paying attention, my next stop would have been the hospital.  This class, though guided and with several fellow classmates, got me comfortable enough to at least ride on the streets in designated bike paths/lanes.

Here's our route.

I'm not sure why the photos are showing in the bay itself.  I used the Lightroom App to take pics and it doesn't seem to always get the GPS coordinates correct.

One of our first stops along the way was the home of Lucas Films.  Loved this statue of Yoda!

And here are the rest of the photos.  Enjoy!

Vista Point at the south side of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Cycling corral of sorts on the north side of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Taken from the Warming Hut on the way back to our start location.

Check out REI's website for classes in your area.  They're well worth it!

On the Ride - Lake Langunitas

I know that normally this has to do with photos on the run, but this time around it's about cycling.  I took an Introduction to Mountain Biking class through REI.  It was held at Lake Langunitas, which is on the north side of Mount Tamalpias in Fairfax, California.  I had never ridden a mountain bike before so this was a very unique and interesting experience.  After our REI instructors introduced us to the mountain bikes and gave us a basic instructions on braking and shifting and steering -- plus a few lessons on being able to maneuver the bikes on various terrain -- we headed out on our ride and I snapped at the following photo:

I would have snapped more photos but I was having too much fun riding the trails.

Due to weight limitations on the bike, I had to rely on my iPhone SE and the Lightroom app.  For the most part, it worked out well.  There's still no way to control and of the camera settings, but on future excursions, I plan on using the Camera+ app, which now shoots in RAW DNG, and import those images into the Lightroom app for editing.

This summer is going to be a summer of REI adventures. Will it change the fact that this website and blog is Photos On The Run?  Definitely not!  But I plan to document some of the rides and the runs and other outings with REI while using various equipment and apps.

REI has a lot of great outdoor classes throughout the year, and they're not that expensive.  Check them out! 

Balance - with Alaish Wren

I'd had in mind to photograph someone doing ballet, but I also have a preference for someone who can show a range of facial expressions as well.  After perusing Model Mayhem and finding Alaish's profile, I went to her website and found that she's an actress and also knows a little ballet.  I asked her if she was interested in a shoot and she agreed.

I chose Stern Grove as our location because the textures of the park lend itself to so many different backgrounds.  And also, there's a small chalet in the park that I'd hadn't really shot at.

Alaish struck a pose for this first shot.  I like the lines in the background, plus the contrasting lines that her body makes.  There's symmetry and balance to the image.  For this shot and the second shot, we made use of the stage at Stern Grove.  Since concert season hadn't started yet, the stage was devoid of much of the heavy equipment that normally is set up during the summer concerts.

ISO 200   56mm lens   f/1.2   1/1000sec

This second shot too, with her hands held up in prayer, again creates a sense of balance and symmetry.  Just like the first shot, it's all natural lighting.  It was an overcast day in San Francisco, so there were no worries about using a speedlight or reflector on her.

ISO 200   56mm lens   f/1.2   1/1000sec

I saw a cherry blossom tree during my reconnoiter of the park a few days earlier and knew that I had to take her photo near the tree.  We found a spot for her to sit and I framed the shot  so that the cherry blossoms would highlight the upper portion of the frame, creating a balance between the her dark dance outfit and the brightness of the flowers themselves.

ISO 200   56mm lens   f/1.2   1/1250sec

This fourth shot is what I call my Eponine shot.  I had in mind to capture a little sadness, and I was hoping that Alaish would be able to give me something similar to a sad longing.  As you can see, she did it.  And the image below conveys that sad longing, perhaps of love lost, and momentary grief, and yet a resiliency to go on.

ISO 200   56mm lens   f/1.2   1/1000sec

This final shot is my favorite of the entire shoot!  It brings several compositional elements together that have always intrigued me:  balance and leading lines.

ISO 200   56mm lens   f/1.2   1/500sec

There's so many leading lines in the above photo, from the pillars to the white fence to the yellow wood paneling of the house, plus the straightness of her legs and the angle of her right leg touching one of the leading lines.  There's balance in the photo too, from dark to light, and with her pose itself.

This was definitely a fun shoot.  I like working with actors, because I like pulling out emotions.  A single look can change the emotion of a photo and unleash the story within it.

If you'd like to book Alaish for a gig, check out her website.

Gear used:  Fuji X-T2 with 56mm f/1.2 lens.

Downtown Vancouver at Sunrise

Sometimes you just have one of those days where you snap a picture that convinces you that you actually know what you're doing.  At least for that moment in time.

Here I was, going for a run along the seawall at Stanley Park in Vancouver, B.C.  It was fairly early in the morning, about 8am or so, but being so far north, the sun was pretty high in the sky.  And the summer weather was starting to settle in as well, so it was warm.  About 4.5 miles into my run, I saw this great view of downtown Vancouver.  It was perfectly framed by trees and the bench.  These days, I don't run with my XT-2 or XT-1, so all I had was my handy-dandy iPhone SE.  So I snapped the below photo and ... voila!

ISO 25   4.5mm focal length   f/2.2   1/1250sec

I've included the settings above, but since I was using the Lightroom Mobile App, the settings were determined by the software.  Still, the shot was pretty decent!  Not bad for lacking sleep due to allergies!

I'm continually impressed by the Lightroom Mobile App.  The photos that it's able to capture are just stunning!  I did make minor enhancements on the photo using the app:  Temperature increase and Vibrancy increase because I wanted it to really feel like sunrise and also wanted the greenery to pop out.  I normally run with amber tinted sunglasses, so this is how things looked through the sunglasses, so I wanted the same effect with the photo.

More running pics, model pics, and musician pics coming up over the next few weeks.  Stay tuned!

Noel Benkman at the Cadillac Hotel

Two weeks after I took photos of Rebecca Roudman and Noel Benkman at the Cadillac Hotel, I returned to the hotel for Noel Benkman's solo piano concert.  Having just photographed Noel performing afford me some opportunities to get some nice close-up shots, and to try to capture some images that I wasn't able to during the previous concert.

I'm a huge fan of leading lines because when used properly they draw your attention to the subject, and by doing, help move a story along. 

ISO 800   35mm lens   f/1.4   1/200sec

In the case of the above shot, the leading lines start our tale of the pianist. 

What I could have done better though is to have lined up the leading lines of the mailboxes so that at least one line is perfectly horizontal. However overall, the lines still lead our attention to the pianist in the background. 

It was another great performance by Noel.  I'll let the rest of the photos speak for themselves. Enjoy!

ISO 640   35mm   f/1.4   1/60sec

Still trying to capture the hands!

ISO 800   90mm lens   f/2   1/200sec

I thought this next one provided a unique perspective and went for it. 

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ISO 800   35mm   f/1.4   1/125sec

Check out Noel's website if you want to learn more about him.

Gear used: Fuji X-T2 with 35mm, 56mm, and 90mm lenses.

Lily Holbrook - Spring at the Stonestown Farmer's Market

It was over two years ago when I first ran into Lily Holbrook entertaining the Stonestown Farmer's Market shoppers, and here I was, photographing her again.  It was a feeling of full circle for me.  When I first met her, I was just getting to know my Fuji X-T1.  Now two years later, I'm using the Fuji X-T2.  And while I'll admit that I'm still a noob when it comes to photography, I've learned a bit more about composition and depth of field, and most importantly, trying to make things interesting by telling a story.

This time around, when I ran into Lily, I was using the XF 50mm f/2.  It's a compact, weather-resistant lens that doesn't really telegraph to everyone that you're a "photographer".  This was my first outing with the XF 50 lens and what better way to test it out than to photograph someone who I knew.

ISO 200  50mm lens   f/2   1/4000sec

I took the above shot while chatting with Lily in-between songs.  We'd realized that it had been almost a year since we'd run into each other.  I saw something neat about her ponytail and decided to take a shot of it.

Unlike the first time I'd run into Lily, where it was raining, today was a bright, sunny day.  The abundance of light pushed the shutter speed of my X-T2 right up to the max: 1/8000sec.  But I wanted to shoot wide open at f/2.

ISO 200   50mm lens   f/2   1/8000sec

One of the most important "tools of the trade" for a musician are the hands, so I tried to capture Lily's hands in motion.  The high shutter speed helped a lot in freezing the motion.  I wish I'd gotten a lot closer to her hands for the above shot, but I didn't want to interrupt her singing and the folks watching might have thought it weird...

For the next shot, I wanted to capture a little bit of the farmer's market itself, to show what things were like from Lily's perspective.

ISO 200   50mm lens   f/2   1/4400sec

I couldn't resist taking the next shot.  The little boy sitting on the ground was fascinated by Lily and listened to her for several minutes before wandering off.  We both noticed him and commented that it was neat a child was interested in listening to her music.  Perhaps she'll inspire him to be a musician as well?  As I've mentioned before in this blog, "inspiring the next generation, that's what it's all about, right?"

ISO 200   50mm lens   f/2   1/5400sec

Next is one of my favorite shots of the day because of the lighting.  She's got a nice, natural hair-light thanks to the sun behind her to the left, but also the light reflecting off the ground makes a nice, soft fill light for her face.

ISO 200   59mm lens   f/2   1/2700sec

I was worried that because of the sunlight, it would be a high contrast situation, but I was pleasantly surprised when viewing the images.  I like the trees in the background as well because the complement they entire image.  The only thing I could do without is the safety pole by her right arm.  I could have converted the image to black and white but decided against it because I liked all of the colors.  Removing it in Photoshop could have been another option, but I again decided against it.  I should have just stood a little more to her left and her body would have hidden the pole.  Next time I'll have to pay more attention to objects like that which might distract from the overall image...

And finally, Lily's winning smile!  Like all artists, it's a hard job, but she tackles it with energy and enthusiasm.

ISO 200  50mm lens   f/2   1/5000sec

If you're interested in seeing more of Lily's work, check out her website and Facebook page.

Gear used: Fuji X-T2 with 50mm f/2 lens.

On The Run - A Doe!

Now that I'm back to running, I'm discovering a lot of things about nature that I miss.  This was the third time I'd run Crystal Springs Reservoir, but the first time from the north end. The one disadvantage of the north end is that you get a nice downhill in that first mile, but have to deal with it on the way back...

Despite the hill and the difficulty climbing it, there was a lot of wildlife in the park that you just don't see in the city parks.  Like the doe in the below photo.

She and her two companions seemed oblivious to my presence.  I got close enough to snap this photo.

I'll have to run this course again, perhaps with my Fuji X-T1 if I'm crazy enough.

In the meantime, coming up over the next few weeks will be a few musician and model photo sessions.  But that doesn't mean there won't be other On The Run entries.  I'm getting ready for my first trail half marathon in over eight months, and I'm sure it's going to be painful.  Stay tuned!