I’m back from NYC. I did the marathon and had my best marathon time ever. Three hours and thirty six minutes. I had a great time in a gorgeous city. I didn’t have time to take a lot of photos, but I snapped this one the day before the race near the “200 yards to go” sign. I wasn’t tired when I took this photo, but I sure was the next time I saw that sign after running 26.2 miles! The fans were great for the entire race, the weather was close to ideal (I could have lived without the wind gusts), and the volunteers were wonderful. It’s become such an expensive race, but the experience is one of a kind.
I used lo-mob to give the photo the retro look.
Sports has kept me really busy lately. Not the super quick sports that look good on TV, but the sport for the fools. Marathons. A week ago I did the Baltimore Marathon and had a decent run (3:44). In two weeks I’m doing the crazy event called the New York City Marathon. I doubt my time will be that good – it’s such a crowded race that it’s hard to keep a steady pace going for the entire 26.2 miles.
The tough part about running marathons is it takes a lot of training. Long weekend runs really take away all your free time, so my blog posts have been a bit scarce lately. My real world job has also been sucking energy out of me lately. A big year long project is getting closer and closer to being finished. I’m really looking forward to that day. 🙂
A photo I took when running the Marine Corps Marathon in 2010.
So, back to sports. The new iPhone 5S camera has a burst mode feature where you get 10 photos taken in a mere 1 second. For a camera phone that is rather amazing. You can also record super slow motion video (I was amazed the first time I saw that on an iPhone). I don’t have a super new-fangled iPhone, but here are two blog posts from Jim Zellmer that discuss sports photography and video using the new iPhone.
Apple has continued to improve the iPhone’s still and moving image capability. The photos are remarkable for such a small yet powerful computer. I recently had an opportunity to capture a number of outdoor tennis images with the new iPhone 5s.
— iPhone 5s & Sports Photography?
Apple and third party developers, including lens makers, will certainly continue to push the iPhone photography frontier.
— iPhone 5s & Indoor Sports Photography, Let’s Go Inside
Here were some amazing sports shots from the 2012 Olympics that were taken with an iPhone 4s by Dan Chung.
If you see me running by with 48,000 others in NYC in two weeks, be sure to take a picture of me with your iPhone! I’ll tweet my bib number before the race.
I recently tried out Pixlr-o-matic (a Universal app), and thought is was really nice – except for the low resolution output. Well, they updated the app this weekend and it now does full resolution. It’s also free, so grab it while you can [download].
Screenshot of Pixlr-o-matic
Other apps that I really like were recently updated earlier in the week. Noir Photo made improvements to the GUI which really help out on the iPhone [download].
Snapseed became Universal and added a number of other bug fixes and feature additions (I still want the ability to zoom in on the picture) [download].
Camera+ (a must have app) has also been updated with numerous features, and it is currently on sale for just $0.99. If you don’t have it I suggest grabbing it at this price. One of the new features is the ability to add captions to pictures. I’m dying to try that out later this evening. [download]
And the last goodie is a personal one 🙂 I did my longest run of the year today, a nice 16 miler. I’m slowly gearing up for the NYC Marathon (and probably something before that). I’ve never run a marathon with an iPhone, but I did carry my old Cybershot when I did the Marine Corps Marathon last year. This was my favorite shot of the entire bunch.