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Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitude

I do enjoy being on my own, but at this point in my life I’m not alone a lot.  It’s the nature of my work and of parenting that I be with others.  I have found over the years though, that is is possible to experience a sense of solitude when when others are around:

ISO 25 4.15mm f/2.2 1/4800 sec

ISO 25 4.15mm f/2.2 1/4800 sec

This is an image I created from the shot below that I took while out on a run yesterday:

ISO 25 4.15mm f/2.2 1/4800 sec

ISO 25 4.15mm f/2.2 1/4800 sec

It was a cold morning, the sun was out briefly and in a very intense way.  It made for a beautiful and hazy moment. I have edited the first version to saturate the image with color and then added a lot of grain to give the photo an intense and somewhat surreal look.  It was a simple edit using the sliders in Lightroom.

My Instagram version turned out this way:

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A beautiful start to my day. #nofilter #running #photography

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I stuck with the softer hues for that version.

From my photographs, you might have the impression that I run in wide open desolate places.  You would be wrong. This spot, while beautiful, is just steps from a lot of houses and is on a very busy path. To me though, running is a moment of solitude.  It really is just me and the path, just as the photo suggests.  Do you find that to be an interesting contradiction? to be alone yet not alone?  What do you think of my various edited versions? To me that first version looks like it could have been taken almost anywhere, I like that about it, but does it seem that way to you? Feel free to comment below. Check out my other moments of solitude on Instagram @marantophotography feel free to follow me, I like the company!



32 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitude

  1. I really, really like the IG version and the use of the rule of thirds. The first one looks rather jarring to me – but the grain gives is a unique touch. With the IG one, I feel like paradise is beckoning, what with all the warm hues and all. Sometimes when I’m alone I do feel not alone – that’s usually when someone is messaging me on my phone, reminding me that we are all connected in some way.


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  3. Oh! I love your last paragraph, such a contrast to realize that your photo was taken amidst a “civilized” landscape. I had no idea! It made me rethink finding beauty in the midst of human-developed landscapes. Thanks, Amy!


  4. Nice take on the challenge, Amy. Also interesting that the iPhone goes down to ISO 25. Don’t think too many cameras do that these days. Also amusing that you added grain back – to nice effect! 🙂


  5. Hi amy – I like the instagram one the most – and wow – I did think there were a lot of wide open spaces where you ran! just goes to show…..

    oh and I have heard this many times – about solitude with people – and in fact sometimes there is a dark side to it – where folks are empty and feel isolated even when support systems abound – so they need to learn how to receive and tap into that support.
    but your point was much different – and is part of your contentment… 🙂


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