This is a post from my “Just Three” Challenge, a 28-day photography project to capture a series of three-photo-story sequences — to tell a brief narrative using just three pictures taken that day. Each day from February 22nd through March 21st I’ll be posting a three-panel photo collection that makes use of one of the six styles of story-telling transition.
Suprised? I start this new photography challenge with a run. A cold run. On a bitterly cold day. A bitterly cold day with lonely trails and wild animal encounters.
Day 1: Cold Steps
Camera: GoPro Hero3
Post-Processing: These are actually HD video screen grabs with some minor color correction and a moderate-dark vignette applied.
Story: On a bitterly cold Saturday morning in February, the bare trees watch as a lonely runner progresses through the lightly-dusted paths of suburban Edmonton. The sky is overcast and the bright, clean snow throws a sharp contrast to the deep browns of the tree and the blacks, blues and greys of the running gear. Dozens of warm and cozy houses look on from the background.
Technique: Tripod with HD video (intended for later screen capture.) I propped the camera up in a tree, securing it to the trunk and targeted a fish-eye view of the path. My intention was to capture the leafless branches as a kind of quasi-frame and then get the step-by-step motion of the second-by-second, moment-by-moment footfalls of the run.
Evaluation: I wish I had been able to get a cleaner shot of my face on the second frame.. but what are you gonna do, huh? I’m not going out there again for a reshoot!