Female jogger in tennis shoes

Maybe she’s running a half marathon?

How I Did It

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Sometimes when I am out and about I’ll take a picture knowing that for most photographers it would be a throwaway. For me, it’s just a challenge for Photoshop.

Recently I was at the historic Santa Fe Depot in downtown San Diego taking train pictures and videos. It was dusk but I refused to go home because I was waiting on the northbound BNSF freight train that leaves San Diego once the last Amtrak southbound from Los Angeles arrives. That’s usually around 8:00 p.m. During the summer, it’s no problem because daylight lasts until 9:30 p.m. During the winter, different story.

I got my BNSF freight train video but it needs some editing work in Corel VideoStudio Pro X6. Either that or a return trip to the Depot during the summer now that I know exactly what time that northbound freight goes through.

As I was waiting on the freight train, though, I was snapping pictures here, there, and everywhere, of anything and everything. Following is a woman out on her evening jog. I loved her pink shoes.

Female jogger in tennis shoes

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

After taking a picture of her, I saw a plane fly through. That interested me, so I attempted to get a picture with a plane in it. It took a little while because you never know when a plane is going to arrive. I succeeded, though:

Plane landing on buildings

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Now all I would need is a car, and I would have “Planes, Trains & Automobiles”! (Smile if you know what I’m referring to.)

The original pictures are very dark, so first I brightened them in Photoshop.

After looking at both pictures and seeing how similar they were, I wondered if I could merge them to get the person and plane both in the same picture.

I thought merging would be easier than lifting the plane out of its picture and placing it in the other picture.

Well, look what happened when I had Photoshop merge the two pictures:

Half runner

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I wasn’t really surprised to see the plane disappear since it wasn’t in both pictures, but I definitely was surprised to see what else disappeared. Maybe she’s now running the half marathon?

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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