2016 BAA 5K

A great Saturday. A peculiar but great Saturday…

Headed in to run the BAA 5K. Realized my race bib was still at home, with not enough time to go back and get it. Pissed and despondent. Figured I was SOL given how strict the BAA (rightfully) is regarding bibs, so there went this year’s distance medley. Wonderful friends talked me off the ledge.

Turns out the BAA has a comprehensive replacement bib setup. I mean, many/most races don’t have registration processes as good as the BAA’s replacement process. Got a replacement bib 15 minutes before start time. Ran an intentionally slowish 5K in 33:46 in preparation for next weekend’s Big Sur marathon. Got my unicorn medal.

Had an amazing post-race breakfast torta. Randomly met Australian runner Callum in line for food. (Boston qualifier with a 2:56. Callum is fast.) Randomly met him again on Boylston on the way to the expo. Survived the chaos of the expo.

And afterwards… tater tots. And beer. And appreciation for a peculiar but great Saturday.

What lies beyond

Pedestrian tunnel underneath East Dr. in the southeast corner of Central Park in New York City. Taken on a late-night walkabout over Thanksgiving weekend in 2014. As with the previous post’s image, it was a so-so color image that didn’t really shine until I converted it to black and white.


After the whimper that ended my largely aborted #project365 effort (I have some thoughts on why that failed for me), I’m getting back to just posting pictures for the fun of it.

The was taken at the Bethesda Terrace and Fountain in Central Park in New York City over Thanksgiving weekend in 2013. As a color image, it wasn’t particularly noteworthy. But the contrasts and tones just screamed black and white. And I think I was right.

#project365: Day 322

Every Thanksgiving for the past 8 years, we’ve gone into New York City for the long holiday weekend. This time—along with all the other things—one of my goals was to make it over to the New Jersey side of the Hudson River and shoot the lower Manhattan skyline from over there. All I needed was a free window and some cooperation from the weather and skies.

Mission accomplished. This was taken from Exchange Place in Jersey City (the first stop on the PATH train once you leave World Trade Center). I ended up taking a series of shots starting just before sunset and lasting well into the so-called blue hour before calling it an evening; this was my favorite of the set.

Specs: Canon EOS 7D with Tamron SP AF Di 17-35 f/2.8-4 @ 17mm, 1/4s @ f/11. Post-processed in Adobe Lightroom CC.

#project365: Day 261

The so-called “supermoon” full lunar eclipse of 2015, as seen from the middle of my driveway. This is a seven-shot composite taken over the span of about two hours, then stitched together in post-processing.

Specs: Canon EOS 7D with EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS @ 250mm, multiple exposures @ f/16. Post-processed in Adobe Lightroom CC and Adobe Photoshop CC.

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