I think it was the fact that I liked it so much that made the writing just come out of me automatically. – James Herriot
I don’t really want to talk about how hot and sticky this run was. Because it’s summer…of course, it was hot and sticky. So let’s chat about something else….June is coming to a close and pretty soon I’ll be wrapping up 6 months of The Picture Runner. Six Months – the halfway point for my initial promise, which was to stick to this blog and picture running for, at minimum, all of 2015.
When I started the question was, “Can I take at least one decent picture per run?” Now to this I can say, Yes I think I can.
The next question is, “Can I keep doing it?” I don’t know, but I will try.
This week I got asked, “So, how is it running with this camera?” I replied with, It’s Heavy.
No one has really asked me that before, but that was how I felt on my last run. Everything felt heavy – the air, my legs, the pack. It all slows me down. But the challenge is what keeps me going. It’s difficult which makes it interesting and exciting. I get to be creative and athletic at the same time. I get to pursue my two favorite hobbies at the same time. And what’s even more exciting is that I can tell I’ve improved. My legs are stronger (aside from the ankle issue I have going on). My photography is getting better too.
(Side Note: These pictures were all taken with my point and shoot because I had it with me in the pack and I wanted to try to capture some more running pictures.)
Over the last few months I feel like the blog has gone downhill. I think I started strong and lost a little momentum over the span of 6 months. I want to spend more of my time here writing under the “Off the trail” and “In the Photo Lab” categories. I’d like to do some beginner photography tutorials and maybe some beginner running posts too. I really want to take the focus away from me and be more focused on being a resource for other runners or photographer. I’m still brainstorming on all this. If you have any posts you’d like to see, comment below.
So with this slight shift in focus, I’ve decided to close the Etsy shop at the end of the summer. However, in an effort to just recoup some of my blog costs I’m leaving it open for a few more weeks and giving a 30% discount to my blog readers. If you’d like to help me out and get a good quality print in return use the discount code: SUMMER30. (Here is the link to the shop again if you need it.) The only exception is that the discount is not valid on the greeting cards.
I realize that people don’t care as much about landscape prints. Plus once you get the print then you still have to frame it so it’s hard to want to spend the money on just a picture that any one could take. I get it. I do. I have no business sense whatsoever, but that’s ok, we each have our gifts. I would like to do a Picture Runner calendar at the end of the year, if there is interest, but that will be available for sale here on the blog versus an external site like Etsy.
It’s nice to take a moment to evaluate where I am and where I’d like to be. I thought it would be fun to post a picture from each month that did not make it to the blog for one reason or another.
January – This one was on the chopping block because I felt like it was the sort of picture that could be taken any day so it wasn’t creative enough.
February – Just being goofy with the camera while trying to get a picture for an Off the Trail post.
March – I ended up using a different feather for this post. Although, I still like this one too.
April – At this point I was being a stickler for only pictures from picture runs were on the blog.
May – This is little Mama bird who has a nest next to our house. If I don’t post pictures right after I take them, then sometimes they get lost.
June – I took this one at the start of my long run last Saturday. It just didn’t fit in with the story I was telling, but there were soooo many birds under that bridge.
Thank you for following along these last six months. There is still more to come here on The Picture Runner because there is still more to discover and explore.