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4 Steps to Great Instagram Photos

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Photography is just one of my many hobbies, which means I don’t have a lot of time to dabble in it, and therefore I am far from an expert! But here are some tips and explanations as I understand them and use them in every day photography for social media.
Step 1: Select a camera All of my photos are taken with one of 3 cameras: Iphone Pretty self-explanatory. The self-timer is great, but you’re still limited to how much you can get in a shot (you’re not going to get a head-to-toe photo unless you have Inspector Gadget arms or are ok with having a giant head). Certain to make you feel like a t-rex taking a selfie. GoPro 7 Ultra wide angle, fisheye look (think rounded horizon). GoPro is awesome for selfies, running, or cycling shots, but not great for capturing detail in the background. It’s also obviously my ONLY choice for situations in which I need a weatherproof camera. Wide angle lens on DSLR Similar to GoPro’s fisheye, in that it allows you to include more of the background in th…

Chattanooga 70.3 Race Report

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I came into this race looking for swim redemption, as my ‘17 Ironman Chattanooga swim had been less than stellar. I really took advantage of the moment by taking quite the tour of the river that day (i.e. by swimming anything but straight!).


Chattanooga 70.3 differs from the full though, in that there's a small upstream portion at the start, before you make a turn and go downstream to the finish. I worked hard in training on all-out, race pace starts and quick turnover to prepare for the upstream portion. In a crowd of 3,700 people waiting for the start, I was one of the few NOT cheering when they announced the upstream portion was cut due to the strong current. I was disappointed that I wouldn't get to see how my practice paid off, but you race the race you're given that day.

I wasn’t able to get the big swim miles I would have liked in training, due to nagging shoulder and carpal tunnel pain in my hand/wrist for a month or so prior, so my only goal (once nailing the …