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.
Insert joke about my new running group here. Alright. Got that out of your system now?
So, I was feeling a little bit antsy about getting out for a run this morning. I don’t know why. The itch creeps up on you and when the weather starts to turn reasonable again, you just want to be outside and feeling the fresh spring air on your face. So, okay, it’s technically not spring yet… but close enough.
I had considered doing another video, so I took the camera, but, y’know, I’ve done that one before: me running up and down the power-line trail towards the bridge. So, I just took a half dozen clips and thought I’d hope for some clever (but standard) screen grabs from the video. Alas, I have a creative spark on occasion and the whole story-telling, photographing, action-video-indecision balanced out and what was left was a little bit of…
Day 22: Action Running
Camera: GoPro Hero3
Subject: Me, Running in the River Valley
Post-Processing: So, if you haven’t figured it out already, when you set up a video camera to capture a nice linear bit of action, it makes it real easy to creatively overlap and selectively crop to make it look like you are running in multiples. I chose to do sequences of six for each of the three photos, and didn’t do much processing beyond that. I considered a “comic book” filter, but after messing around with it for half an hour changed my mind and just went with the fresh, untouched look (untouched if you ignore that these are each six photos stitched together.)
Story: Running in the river valley in the first thaw of the season means melting snow, and speedy-dry trails. Awesome sauce!
Technique: Video camera on a tripod and a handful of run-bys to capture a good sequence.
Evaluation: Considering the number of likes I’ve already got from the first image of the sequence which I earlier uploaded on Facebook, I’d say the idea was a popular success, if nothing else.