Day 177.365 (Explored #1! Thank you VERY much!)

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Day 177

Again, here’s Evonne Personal Training,Monetique – I just *had* to share this photo and how we ended up with this shot. I *wish* I had though about grabbing my little flip video recorder…. but alas, I did not. Anyway, there’s a nice paved trail for people wanting to work out or whatever around this lake up the road from us. So I wanted to take Evonne over and have her running on this trail. The trick was getting this particular shot.

I thought originally that I would set up the two alien bees on either side of the path and use the SB800 on the camera [or something along those lines] so that I had another flash in front…. basically throwing a ton of light at her from all sides to kinda mimic that shot I did of Parvati a while back that looked like a nike add. I don’t know why I thought this would work and still be able to capture the stuff around her….. but I did a test shot with my brother and decided that this was a bad idea.


I asked my friend and always human light stand Sean J. if he thought he could run along side Evonne with the large softbox on one of the bees. He said he thought he could so we tried it.

So here’s the Strobist info and comedic part:

My brother was running along toting the 18lb vagabond – Sean J. holding the lightstand with the Alien Bee 800 with a large softbox on it slightly in front of Evonne and pointed back at her at a little over 1/4 power and triggered with PWplusII. Me with the camera in hand, on continual focus, holding it as low to the ground as I could manage running along in front of them all. We would run until the guys were about to hit a pole that was alongside the path and then we would reset back down the path again.

On that note I think I shall invest in some type of cart for toting this stuff around like this. lol. As always, I am very grateful to my helpers on this shoot: Sean J. ( MiCTLaN ), Anna and my brother.

It was a little bit of happy luck to have caught the sun shining through the tree there right next to Evonne. I did not add that in in post. I have a couple shots that turned out with the flare from the sun like that but not positioned right there or anywhere where I liked the effect even.

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Issue 2.35 – Reasons to renew that gym membership.

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Where to Find an Affordable Gym Membership – Stay Fit at a Price You Can Afford

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Are you frustrated with yourself? Want to get back into shape? Want to return to a work-out routine? Do you live in an area that's unsafe to walk or jog through? Finally, do you have one thing barring your way from being able to join a gym- that being a lack of finances to get the membership? Be frustrated no more, there are several ways to get an affordable gym membership. Do not give up, where there's a will there's a way.

First things first, find out if your local YMCA has a gym. If they do, their memberships for individuals and families are usually much cheaper than commercial gyms- not to mention, a YMCA membership usually allows for other extra-curricular activities and various exercise classes with the one price being paid.

If you can not afford to pay for a single gym membership for just yourself, talk to a family member or a friend who's also interested in working out, and discuss the possibility of splitting a "family" or group membership between the two of you . It's often cheaper for two people or more (by the time the membership is divided up by individual) to join a gym than it is for a single person to do it by themselves.

Some employers or colleges also will put a certain amount of money towards an employee or student's membership to a local gym, which will make for a more affordable gym membership for the individual. Some college campuses even have gyms on campus which are free for students to use during certain hours, check with your employer or your college to see if any of these situations apply for you.

If you are a member of a church, you may check into whether or not your church has a gym or workout room- some churches do, and they are free for members to use generally. Sometimes they'll even let non-members use their workout facilities for a small fee as well. It would be worth it to check with your local churches to see if they have any sort of programs for workouts or a workout room.

Pool your resources together with a friend, and discuss other ways to get an affordable gym membership. Sometimes word of mouth getting around will help you find the best deal, and if you put the word out with enough people, someone will end up getting back to you with exactly what you are looking for. You could also try a different gym every few weeks (if you live in a large area) whenever local gyms are offering a week or two free or a discounted membership for a month.

The point is, if you want to workout and get back into shape there is a way to do it, use your imagination- and be willing to look at options you would not ordinarily look into. If all else fails, a workout VHS tape or DVD in your living-room is a good option to … Read More

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Turn Your Nintendo Wii Into a 24 Hour Fitness Center

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The Nintendo Wii can be turned into a 24 Hour Fitness center. There are so many fitness games that you can purchase that can be used to help you lose weight. These games will help you to burn calories and lose weight, and you can do it anytime of the day or night! You can do it as long as you want. You will really feel the burn after a few hours of exercising. The nice thing is that using the Nintendo Wii is so much fun, you will easily lose track of time, and you will probably not notice it until the next day, when you feel so sore the next day!

I have lost 50 lbs since I have purchased the Nintendo Wii in May 2008, which for me is quite an accomplishment. I basically only have to lose another 14 lbs to get down to my goal weight of 195. I think that I should be able to accomplish that by the end of the summer. It is so nice to be able to use the Wii anytime of the night or day that I want. I personally like to use it between 8 am and 10 am, after I have done some work. I have a nice healthy filling breakfast at 4:30 am and do so work before I hit my mini gym and start my one hour workout.

My favorite games are as follows:

1) Wii Fit Plus
2) Biggest Loser
3) Cardio Workout
4) Walk it out
5) Active Life: Outdoor Challenge

All of these fitness programs promise to give you a good healthy workout. When you purchase the Nintendo Wii, you will be able to use it during the day or night, whatever suits your busy schedule. … Read More

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Planet Fitness – The Ideal Fitness Center

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Planet Fitness or the 'Judgment Free Zone' is the chain of fitness centers in United States of America. Planet Fitness or the Judgment Free Zone is known to cater the common people or the fitness crazy people who are very conscious about their fitness. Planet Fitness or the Judgment Free Zone gives more priority to the sensitive first-timers.

The specialties of the Planet Fitness or the Judgment Free Zone are:
These clubs offer a wide range of exercise equipment in order to keep us and fit and also to build the cardiovascular competence. There are trainers who can help each member in the gym during their work-outs. The Planet Fitness or the Judgment Free Zone generally offers a minimum rate to its members, there by making it accessible to the common folk. This includes $ 15 as a membership fee. Other perks provided by this club are the Black Card membership which allows free use of facilities to its members, guest allowance each day and 50% discount on soft drinks. For those who are controlled at home clubs have unlimited tanning facility. Apart from this, the Planet Fitness or the Judgment Free Zone have their own Co-ed Zone and Private Clubs for women.

Upon enrollment planet Fitness or the Judgment Free Zone offers a complete package which includes complete fitness assessment. Based on the result of this assessment each individual's need and requirements are verified and she he is given the required exercise. Based on individual's initial work-out program results they are given the 'acceleration' program in order to speed up their work-out plan. For their maintenance they also offer private personal training sessions where the members can avail the services of the Physical fitness trainers.

In spite of all these facilities Planet Fitness or the Judgment Free Zone have their own exercise rules and etiquette that have to be observed strictly by all the members and its users. These include the prohibition of compound barbell exercises like dead lifts, bent over row exercises and using magnesium carbonate for heavy lifts. The use of dumbbell is restricted maximum up to 80 Pounds. There are also exercise etiquette which should be strictly observed which includes avoiding grunting, swearing or loud psyching up rituals and heart breaking noises from bar drops. Whenever a member breaks this rule an alarm rings to show that they have violated the rules thereby forcing them to follow the rules and regulations.

The name 'Judgment Free Zone' seems to be ironic and restrictive among these rules, but there are still many people who are ready to go for this club because of its reasonable price, variety of exercise equipments, professional guidance and the other facilities the club offers.

To finish of, choice of enrolling in a fitness club or gym depends on you alone. There are various fitness centers like Gold Gym, Peak Fitness, and various other fitness centers as well as health clubs that have opened up their doors to everyone. But Planet Fitness or the … Read More