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Central Park runner - B/W version | by Ed Yourdon
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Central Park runner - B/W version

Having seen a Photoshopped color version of this photograph (located here on Flickr), my instructor in a March 2009 street photography class suggested that I convert it to black-and-white to accentuate the vertical shapes of the fence behind the runner.


I've done so here, using Apple's Aperture program, and with a yellow filter applied to the initial image. I think the result is interesting, and I'll try to keep an open mind for a while before deciding whether I like it better than the color version. However, if you have strong opinions one way or the other, I'd enjoy hearing it; leave me Flickr-mail or email me at ed at yourdon dot com




I was walking south along the bridle path that circumnavigates the reservoir in Central Park; and the view here is basically south, with the CitiCorp building and varous other New York City skyscrapers in the background. The reservoir is enclosed by a fence (presumably to keep people from falling in, or jumping in to swim, or perhaps even attempting to fish), and there's a jogging trail that runs along the fence; so scenes like this are pretty common.


I hadn't taken the sun into account when I took this picture; during this season, it's pretty far south, and for whatever reason, it left the runner in pretty dark shadow. I tweaked it a bit, and hopefully didn't distort the background too badly. I also replaced the grayish-white hazy sky with a bluish gradient fill ...


Note: the color version of this photo has been published twice, as of March 14, 2009: in a Feb 26, 2009 blog article titled "How to Intensify Your Running and Lose More Weight.." and in a blog article (allegedly published on May 21, 2006 - which is difficult to imagine, since I didn't take the picture until Nov 21, 2008) entitled "Burn Twice as Many Calories Running."


This B/W version of the photo was published in an Oct 14, 2009 blog titled "Egyedül vagy társasággal?" And it was published in an Apr 22, 2010 blog titled "Demand Justice For the Wrongfully Convicted Central Park Five." It was also published in a Jul 15, 2010 blog titled "Let AudioTechnica help you run longer..." And it was published in a Nov 22, 2010 Fresh Healthy Body blog titled " Any other good exercises to lose weight rather than running?"


Moving into 2011, the photo was published in a Jan 17, 2011 blog titled "Two Best Exercises to Lose Weight." It was also published in an Apr 1, 2011 blog titled "Sweet! Candy eaters surprisingly slimmer."


Moving into 2013, the photo was published in a Feb 24, 2013 blog titled "Why Do I Want To Run Startup?" It was also published in an undated (early Jun 2013) blog titled "ABNEHMEN: ES GIBT KEIN GEHEIMREZEPT."

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Taken on November 21, 2008