Lucky for me I’ve had multiple experiences in my life that were “pivotal moments”, as I call them. Moments where you can’t go back to the way you were before, moments that shape and define everything about who you are. For me, the biggest and best one was getting clean and sober, that is closely followed by becoming a marathon runner, reminding my body what it feels like to train, to push my limits helped my body heal and rejuvenate after years and years of abuse. Because I became a runner, I had another moment, the moment I met my husband, and because we ran together we kept running longer and farther and he ended up chronically injured. It changed everything, we had to find a new way to exercise, new challenges and enter my next moment – buying my first road bike…
My husband and I decided with our new bikes that we needed a new challenge and we went from running trails and marathons to triathlons and somehow we ended up creating another pivotal moment in both of our lives, when we completed our first Ironman. I love training and though I haven’t been able to train much the last few years, I still love the feeling of a nice long ride, I love a good tough trail run that leaves you muddy, sweaty and exhausted (I still think swimming laps sucks, but I digress). I snapped this pic today of my tri-bike and my road bike because it’s time to get back to it, and while my body may not let me complete another Ironman, I can still race!
I knew I wanted to do an HDR shot today, so I took seven shots of exactly the same scene, and loaded them into Photomatix Pro 5.1 for processing. There are a variety of products out there that will process HDR photos, I found that this particular program had the best reviews and had been through multiple iterations already so it seemed a good choice. I used my Canon 6D and 24-105mm lens set to AV f4.5 and ISO 400 using bracketing exposure with a tripod and remote clicker.
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” T.S Eliot