Today was a great day. I spent the day doing something I love with the woman that I love.
My wife and I spent the day hiking around some of my favorite places. We took a lot of photographs. Our dog Brynn also came along for the adventure.
We enjoyed time at some of the best state parks you will ever find. We we hiked around and photographed starting at Taughannock Falls State Park, then we went over to Buttermilk Falls and started at the upper region of the park and hiked our way down the gorge a bit. We finished off our fun day by driving up to the upper gorge region of Robert H. Treman State Park and hiked down to Lucifer Falls and then back up to the top and our car.
As I have begun creating more and more photography and media while out trail running there is always this thought in the back of my mind, what if I trip or fall while I am out there running with my camera?
I love combining my love of photography with my love of running, however I wonder if it might be hazardous to my equipment or to myself to do so.
Part of the goal of running with my GoPro and using it to capture photographs for long periods of time is to try and capture the unexpected moments. I want to capture the things that I could never possibly be ready for if I was just sitting there watching and waiting to take a photos. If I am taking a photo every second I can capture hopefully everything that happens on a run, not just a moment in time.
During Worlds End 50K I was taking photographs with my hand held GoPro camera and all of these concepts came crashing down together, quite literally. I was recording the scenery during a descent and I sliped on a rock and my foot slid out from under me and I went down and smashed my knee into a large rock. Luckily I was not hurt. My camera equipment was not hurt. And I managed to capture the whole thing on film. Check it out.
This series of images depicts exactly what it looks like to be moving down a trail taking photographs and then fall while still taking photographs. I got back up, checked my self to makes sure I was OK. I checked my camera to make sure it was OK. You can see that pretty clearly as I look right into the lens. Then I keep moving down the trail and taking photos.
I sometimes worry that I might distract myself with my camera while recording images and that might be the reason I fall. As I become more experienced with both running and using my camera at the same time this becomes less and less of a concern. In this instance it was pretty clear that I did not fall due to being distracted by my camera. I was moving pretty slow and I was not looking at my camera at the time. I definitely just slipped on a slick spot on a rock and my foot slipped out from under me. It could have happened to anyone.
I spent some time volunteering with the Southern Tier Running Club‘s youth club SOAR at their monthly kids fun run providing photography. It is always nice to see all the kids, parents, coaches, and SOAR athletes that come out for these fun community events. Enjoy the photos.
Today I visited Letchworth State Park for the second time. This visit was better in many ways than my first visit. The two most important ways in which it was better is that I was able to share in the experience with members of my family and some of our dogs were also able to join in.
On this visit to the park my wife, my dad, and my cousin were all able to come along. My wife and I brought our dog Brynn and my cousin brought her two dogs Hiro and Rylie. It makes the joy of experiencing some great outdoors time that much better when you can share it with family and dogs. I always enjoy spending time with family and dogs. It simply makes everything better.
The Genesee River, which flowers through the gorge creating this amazing parks feature gorge and waterfalls was raging full of water. There was significantly more water than during my first visit earlier this year. There was so much water that all the falls had a significant amount of mist flying up into the the air to land on those of us visiting the park if we dared come near the falls. The mist flying is cool to see but it makes photographing the falls a bit challenging at times, especially if you want to keep your gear dry. There was one great moment where the sun peaked out after having been cloudy the whole time we had been there and the sunlight shown right down into the mist creating a rainbow.
During my last visit to Letchworth it was overcast and gloomy the entire day. But, today after a few hours of complete cloud cover and sprinkles the clouds began to break up and eventually we had a sunny sky with a few clouds. It was so great. It makes the whole experience better. Especially for a photographer. Now I could take take photos and compose them with sky featured int he image whereas before I composed the photos specifically to avoid the gray smudge that was the sky. The sun streaming down ont he remaining fall foliage with accompanying blue skies simply makes for some stunning views. I hope you enjoy the photos but don’t take my word for it go check this park out it is great.