On Thanksgiving Day, for the second year in a row, 20+ members of my family participated in San Diego's Run For The Hungry 5K/10K Run/Walk. The course started just outside PetCo Park and looped its way through downtown San Diego and the Gaslamp Quarter. Since I ran the 5K, I had my brother (who was walking with my nephew) shoot pictures with my Sony Cybershot DSC-W80 and carry the GPS unit around the course.
Here's a screenshot of a map from Sony's GPS Image Tracker software showing the course area with a couple of race photographs plotted directly on it:
And here are a few snapshots from the race itself:
As you can see, there were several thousand runners, walkers, trotters, strollers and meanderers filling the streets of San Diego on a stunning Thanksgiving Day morning, showing community and togetherness for a great cause!
Traditionally, my extended family spends every Thanksgiving together in San Diego. This year, as an experiment, a couple of my cousins organized a four-team scavenger hunt all around Balboa Park. As evidence of completion of the tasks, each team had to take a photo showing them finishing the task in quesion at the various locations. Here are some of the photos taken by my team (all with my Cybershot DSC-W80):
Silliness at the Nikigator:
Through the looking glass (or is it the fountain?):
I live about a mile from my office, so my daily commute consists of a glorious walk along the Chicago River. On my walk home last night, I wanted to test the DSC-W80's various settings for twilight shots and slow shutter speeds exposures. Of course, since it was in the mid-30's in Chicago, my gloveless shaking hands gave the steady shot technology all it could handle. Here are a few of my favorites:
Looking south down the river from the Randolph Street Bridge:
The Merchandise Mart:
North on the Kennedy Expressway from the Washington Boulevard overpass:
Given the difficulty of shooting in the cold and wind, the camera did a remarkable job of maximizing image quality while minimizing human error.
This is my nephew, Augie (from the VERY FIRST set of pictures taken with my brand new Sony Cybershot DSC-W80!):
I babysat for him tonight at his house in Queens. While it is undeniably great fun to play with the coolest 8-month old I know, taking care of him for a solid six hours is utterly exhausting. No one bothered to tell me that carrying a 26 lb. crying baby around for an hour is no picnic regardless of whether or not that kid is a relative. Diaper changing, I can handle. An exhausted, unhappy, teething baby, not so much.
It was a relief, however, to see that he was even worse the next day with his own parents.
A literal snapshot of comings, goings, and doings amidst the flurry of end of the year activities. Travels, actions and thoughts will be detailed, as I road test the Sony GPS-CS1KA Image Tracker around the hemisphere in connection with my digital camera.