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"Thank you, Red"

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Copyright: Linda Unger (shelbeesmom) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4128 W: 1096 N: 12722] (58278)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-29
Categories: Friends/Family, Portrait
Camera: Canon EOS 30D, Canon 24-105 mm F4 L IS USM, Hoya PL-CIR 77mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/4 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-18 15:04
Viewed: 1198
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My Trainer, My friend. I could not have done this ride, the MS150, without her. The culmination of a year of training, pushing heart rates up as high as 96% (164 beats per minute)...hours and hours of pedaling, mental training, working with overloads and pushing through exhaustion. Spin is about control. It's about knowing where you are at all times and using techniques to do things you never thought you could do.

The "attitude" in the photo is the Trainer Red, it's her class, she is a level three...so you better do what she says or you can leave.......but I know the real Red, which is why I love this woman so much. She has changed my life. Hours and hours of time with me, talking, teaching.

Three prescriptions in the trash, half of the lowest does on the others, and working to get off the ones I can. Stronger legs, more efficient heart, I can ride two hours, burn up 1500 calories and go about my day, mowing grass, shopping or whatever with no fatique.

My lung function improved 4% this year and my cardiologist is thrilled with what I am doing. I burned up 50 lbs of fat this year, replacing it with 35 lbs of muscle. I see a younger Linda in the mirror today, bright eyes, pink cheeks and clear skin. I can see my heart beat in my wrist.

I no longer say "I can't"...... I only say today, "Let's Do This"..
So thank you Red.
**Photo taken during a photo shoot with her son, in her room.

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
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Hi Linda,
Congratulations for the successful ride! And for your trainer ...and for this portrait, too! What a nice tribute for Red! She must be really proud of you! I hope you are also proud of you too!
Her attitude is well depicted and convincing on your photo. I like the way you use the ambient light surrounding the edge of her face and her hands.
Let's do this... is a fantastic way to see the futur!
Bravo! Annie

This is terrific Linda!! I'm so proud of you and your accomplishments.

I like the relaxed mood of Red in the photo. The contrast of the doily in the background and the "spinning" sweatshirt is interesting too... A little femininity with the athlete. Nice lighting with the highlights on her face and hair.


Boa noite Linda
Red has good face tomake delicious portrait. She has style and personality.
A good posture and your skill gave us a good and singular portrait.
congratulations to you both for the good energy.
Um abrašo

Congratulations for your ride and for your trainer !
Wonderful portrait, wonderful tribute !!!

Wonderful! Wonderful photo and note! Outstanding composition and I like the angle of the light. Her hands and face show up wonderfully against the dark BG. The doily adds a nice spot of lightness to the other side of her face. I like the attitude, too. And all she has done for you. :)) May it continue indefinitely...

Nice portrait Linda, unusual light but effective, highlighting her face and hands.. Relaxed pose - where's the smile though LOL..


Linda, personally I would have liked the portrait much more without her hands in view. But I'm sure you had your reasons. Overall a very bold statement photograph! Well done in all aspects!

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