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Cape Town during my run
Cape Town during my run

A Run

I went for a run the other afternoon, which is not further remarkable. What was remarkable, is what I experienced during that run.
Most of the day, I spent in front of the computer, doing a lot of admin and planning. In the early afternoon, I dawned on me that I hardly moved at all. Checking the step counter was not necessary, but I did it anyway and found myself looking for my running gear after that.

On normal days, I move around a bit and often hit my step goal for the day. Back to my run. I hit out to Rhodes Memorial, which is still one of my favorite routes for a run. Rhodes offers everything from easy to extremely hard. Today I went for a middle of the road difficulty and chose a route I have done many, many times before. What made it special for me, was that I just went running for the sake of running and enjoying it. No pressure on having to achieve a goal today, just running. Well, I still wore my heart rate monitor as I have a certain fascination with the quantified self movement.

I enjoyed breathing in the fresh autumn air and stopped to smell the roses, well in my case to snap some pics with the iPhone.

Since I moved my 1/2 marathon training preparation away from long to exclusive high intensity interval runs and aim to keep my training to 3 runs a week at a maximum of 20 minutes, I have the freedom to just go for a run for the sake of running. (I improved my time by 8 min in comparison to last year’s Two Ocean’s Half Marathon, where I trained more traditional. I am also not in the league of ever winning that race.) I used this year’s race as a test as I was cautiously optimistic that the research on the matter was correct. Michael Mosley wrote a book about it with plenty references to proper medical research results.

So I did today and I enjoyed the time on the mountain, seeing, smelling and feeling it.

Photography

So what, does that have to do with photography? Being unconventional has it’s perks, especially, when being unconventional turns out to be a smart thing.

It is now about two years ago that I moved from traditional DSLRs to mirror-less cameras . I still shoot with a DSLR on occasion, when it is the better tool for the job.

For 99% of my shoots, though, a DSLR is not required. It would be different, if I would be a sports photographer, but the CEOs and business owners, I normally photograph don’t move fast. As I am writing this, I realize that I photographed a CEO in running gear, running, but it was a sort of controlled environment. More on that shoot in another post.
When I moved to the mirrorless world, one thing was important for me. Quality mustn’t suffer in the process. I still need to produce the same quality results as before. High image quality is a given with both brands of cameras I work with (Sony and Fuji).

Moving away from the two traditional brands in the industry helped me to see things differently and see the tools of the trade, as tools. It doesn’t matter if I shoot an assignment with a Sony, Fuji or Canon for that matter. What is important is that I feel comfortable with the tool and deliver the results my clients need.

In the last two years, I spent more time focusing on light and composition than just looking for the latest gear until the Fuji X100s was reseased. If it would be up to me, I probably would shoot all assignments with this camera. The limit of thee 23mm (35mm full frame equivalent) brings some creative challenges, though.

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