Monday, October 26, 2009

You are Beautiful!

I am a walker. I walk almost every morning. When I started this, the main objective was to get in some exercise, but over time it has developed into a morning ritual that includes listening to my iPod as I contemplate and plan the day before me. Another benefit has been the seasonal visual delight I experience walking pretty much the same route all year long. I have learned to notice when the tulips start blooming in the spring, the hydrangeas in the summer, and of course the autumn colors this time of year.

A few weeks ago I purchased a digital point & shoot camera - the first point and shoot I have owned in 20 years! I mentioned in one of my posts about my trip to Paris that there was more than one occasion where bringing all my “equipment” was not practical, so I missed capturing moments that will forever be in my memory, but are hard to describe verbally. I don't want that to happen ever again - which is one of the reasons I bought this camera

This morning I decided to bring my new camera with the intention to record some of the sights I see every day – just for fun. I barely walked a block when I came upon this written on the sidewalk. What a great way to begin my morning! I was so happy to have my camera!

When I became more serious about my photography (and my camera bag became heavier) I think I slowly stopped capturing the everyday wonders around me. Having this little camera as my constant companion is helping me learn to seek out and record sights that somewhere along the way, I had begun to ignore.

My routine this morning was changed dramatically by the simple fact that I was really “looking” at my neighborhood instead of just walking to get some exercise with my iPod plugged in.

I will probably wait until the time changes next month to take my camera again. It was still pretty dark and most of the shots I took did not turn out, but I had a lovely time taking them anyway – and isn’t that why I became a photographer in the first place??


  1. I can relate. A few weeks ago I started taking my Panasonic (10x zoom) with me on my walks with Jack each morning. I take it and my cell (!). Can you imagine that for years I took pictures with disposable cameras. When my friend and I went to Paris I figured that's all I needed. I was of course out of my mind so Paris is where I bought my first real camera. It was quite an adventure -- took the metro to the 7th arrondissement (Latin quarter) and found a shop like best buy. Ta da! Just in time. I'm not a pro but I love taking photos and putting them together for friends, making greeting cards with funny captions (I crack myself up) etcetera.

  2. Dianne:
    I also love my point and shoot digital camera. I carry it with me all the time. A real handy companion. Just yesterday we had a family discussion about who uses their cell phone camera and who doesn't. I fall into the latter category. My point and shoot just does too good a job for what I want MOST OF THE TIME.

    There are instances that I wished I had a better lens, or a polarizing filter, but life's not perfect either (but maybe beautiful)!

    Love this post!

  3. I also relate to this and am researching a point and shoot digital camera - have you any advice? What do you use Dianne/Nancy/Marianne? I would like one with a viewfinder but there are not many on the market
    And I so agree about using a phone camera - the quality is just not the same
    And yes i love walking too!

  4. You are such an inspiration to me. Love you, Mama.

  5. Thanks everyone!
    You know - I never even considered using my cell phone. I don't think I even know how to take pictures with it! The camera I am using is a Samsung SL620. It does not have a viewfinder which is taking some getting use to. I did not want to spend more than $200. I know there some amazing compact cameras out there. It just depends on how much you want to spend.

  6. These are wonderful observations you're making. I love having a camera that fits in the pocket and goes just about everywhere without much fuss - no more excuses!

  7. What a great idea! I walk early in the morning, and I've often thought it would be nice to photograph it as I go, but I never take my 'real' camera because it's too heavy. I bought an Olympus point and shoot a couple of years ago as I wanted a small waterproof camera that I could use to take underwater shots of the kids in the pool. It's great for that purpose and to just have on hand at various times. I might just take it with me on my morning walk and we can compare photos!