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Photo Walk

On Photowalks

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The importance of photo walking cannot be over emphasized.

Grabbing your camera and going for a walk. How much simpler can it be? Do it frequently. Do it often. There is so much right out your back door. In my case, there is a big glorious pasture that is rapidly changing to fall colours and textures. I went out back on the 30th of August, some 15 days ago, and everything has changed drastically. A lot of the leaves are gone already. This tree pictured below is completely bare now. We had precious few days to capture it.

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Besides the time aspect, it’s also ultra relaxing. Just walk around and shoot. Whatever tickles your fancy. Whatever you see. Just shoot it. I’m a huge fan of the stopped-down, slow-shutter-speed, zoom lens trick. Everything becomes a big abstract streak of colour! It’s a metric tonne of fun and can be done anywhere you have colour or texture.

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You can always photo walk. Do it frequently. Do it often. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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PhotoWalk

 

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Enjoyed a little photo walk for an hour late this afternoon. Gorgeous weather for a stroll in the ol’ ravine behind our place. One camera, one lens: D800 & 105mm macro. ย Still such a versatile combination. ๐Ÿ˜Ž Just meandering along, looking for light, colour & texture. Very therapeutic!


Fall Photo Walk

So at last night’s photography club, we decided to go on the fall photo walk today. Beautiful, beautiful day for a walk in Shepherd’s ravine near Oxbow. ย I have been in there many times for geocaching and running the dog but low and behold, when we got there today, it was barricaded with a locked gate! CURSES! ๐Ÿ‘ฟ We had to park at the top and then hoof it on down into the valley for the mad shots. The exercise was good for us, so I’m not complaining. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It was another fun photo event to be sure. I decided that I was going to shoot macro for this photo walk so all I brought was the 105mm AF-S VR Micro. That and my trusty reflector/diffuser, it was all I needed . It’s way more fun and way less complicated when you bring only 1 camera and 1 lens. Scott Kelby also did a photo walk today, you can check out the website here.

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Photo Walk!

Well, yesterday we had our first ever Photo Walk as a super fun activity in our Souris Valley Photography Club. 5 of us went out to pound the pavement on the mean streets of Oxbow and show off our mad Jay Maisel street photography skills! hehehehhe….. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It was a lot of fun, other than getting rained on half way through. I brought along the trusty Flip Cam and took a little video of the event. Nothing too fancy. The video ends with a slideshow of some of my images from the photo walk. Our plan as a group is to donate all of our images to the town office as stock photos they can use for website/media publications. It’s another way that the photo club can give back to the community and have fun in the mean time. ๐Ÿ™‚

 


Puddle Pics

Well, we finally got a nice day today. It took about 3.9 seconds to get out the door and out for a walk with the kids. Phoebe put her rubber boots on so she could giver down the street and straight through the puddles – every 3 year olds dream, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰ I brought out the 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 VR lens for this little shoot today.

The reach is nice, especially for the reflection shots I *tried* to get but proved elusive and with lots of light you don’t need to worry about f stops as much. It’s always good to just get out and enjoy taking pictures! ๐Ÿ™‚

My favorite image of the day was this one. It was taken after we got home and she was standing in the overhead garage door space. The lighting was super rad and I caught it out of the corner of my eye. I spun around and with the camera in continuous I banged off some shots. I just really love the beautiful contrast to the light, almost got a Rembrandt light pattern out of the deal! ๐Ÿ™‚

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105mm Challenge

Macro has always been one of my passions in photography. I love the miniature world hiding right at our feet. It’s often overlooked by most people too. I got my 105mm f/2.8 VR last year in late fall just as all the bugs were starting to get ready to hide for winter. But Macro isn’t only for bugs and other creepy crawlies, and the 105mm is one versatile lens. It also works great for portraits as it has some really nice telephoto to throw out backgrounds into buttery bokeh. I want to use it more often for various kinds of photography and so, I went out for another photowalk with the dog yesterday when the sun was shining. ย I only had with me my 105mm and tried to do some handheld macro stuff as well as any other shots that happened to show up. It’s challenging being only at one focal length – especially because I had a zillion deer all around me today. Which figures, because I didn’t have my 70-300 lens, deer came out right in front of me! I could have had some sweet whitetailed deer portrait shots! It always works this way!

Deer right in front of me!

But that’s ok, part & parcel of trying the one focal length challenge. The shots I did get I was happy with and it’s always just fun to go out and take shots.

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Photo Walk: Winter Prairie

The weather warmed up a ridiculous amount today. So much so that it was nice enough to go for a walk. And if you’re going for a walk, you might as well bring your camera! Truth is, I messed up my back shovelling snow the other day and sitting is no good for me. So out the door with the dog I went.

What’s there to take pictures of in winter? The landscapes are bleak. Everything is dead. Color has turned into shades of grey. Most of the time it’s too cold to be much fun – especially on the prairies where you have to worry about the windchill. Can you even get pictures worth taking in these conditions? I asked myself that question before I ventured out and hurdled the barbed wire fence behind our house. I tried to do the photo walk Jay Maisel style. Just go out walking – slowly – and take a look at what you’re lookin’ at. ย The slowly part was no problem for me today. I tried to keep out of the deep snow by walking on old snowmobile trails that nicely packed the terrain. Most of them have been covered over thanks to the driving wind, but you can still see them. At one point though, I ventured off the packed trail and I sunk down to my pants pockets. Great… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ But, as I was pondering how to get out of this without wratching my back any further, I noticed a picture.

Coyote Tracks

Seems the coyotes aren’t quite as fat as I am! Must be nice to float across the top!

It’s true though, the faster you rip through an area, the more pictures you miss. Take a few steps, look around. Take another few steps, look around again. Pictures are everywhere. Another thing I noticed about the way Jay Maisel goes out on his photo walks is that he only takes one camera with one lens. So I did the same. I had my D300s and my 70-300. It’s actually quite freeing and fun to try to make shots work with just one lens. The obvious pitfalls – not having wide angle – makes life interesting! As does shooting in Manual, which is pretty much all I shot today. While I was watching Hanky burn off some energy, I happened to look down. I saw the picture, but I couldn’t get it because I had too much glass. I needed to back up a few feet in order to focus on this “last of the survivors” of winter.

Survivor

I guess the lesson is, there are always pictures around us all the time. We just need to slow down and take a look at what we’re looking at! ๐Ÿ™‚

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