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Shooting Bees Ö

Monday, August 19, 2013

Ö and ducks and trees Ö.

I enjoy taking long walks around town, taking photos on my iPhone. Any camera would do, but right now, I use my iPhone and a point-and-shoot Nikon Coolpix L610. Iíd love a DSLR, but thatís not in the budget. I can take some decent pictures with what Iíve got, if I do say so myself.

My cameras are what get me out on nice days, when I could be staying home, chatting on Facebook or SparkPeople. Online isnít bad, but itís also not getting my physical activity. There needs to be a balance.

Iím on the SparkPeople Shutterbugs team. Every week thereís an assignment (which isnít graded and no one really cares if you post stuff from years ago or if you post 6 months from now, if you have something that fits the theme). The assignments are inspiring and encourage me (and others) to go out and shoot and sometimes interpret assignments in interesting ways. I think it helps my creativity.

I took an online photo class this summer, a class which lasted the entire month of July. Each day had an assignment, and I enjoyed working to get just the right photo or set of photos for each assignment. As with the Shutterbug team assignments, nothing was graded. I got out of the class what I put into it, which I think was a lot. I think it helped improve my photos, especially in thinking of subjects I might not have considered before and various angles with which to shoot a picture.

And as a bonus, I got lots of walking in. According to my pedometer, I walked 84.19 miles in July. That may not seem like much to someone who walks all the time. After all, some people walk - or run Ė 5 or more miles a day. But it was the month in which I walked the most miles so far this year. And I wasnít able to record my miles for 2 of those days, due to a dead pedometer battery.

So Ö thatís what motivates me to get out and get some exercise. And itís enjoyable. Itís a win-win, as far as Iím concerned.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BETHICANFLY 8/21/2013 9:02PM

    What a fun team! I love taking pictures as well. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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LJR4HEALTH 8/21/2013 7:31PM

    Love the pictures

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HAZELFRUIT 8/20/2013 1:00PM

    Beautiful pics. They make me want to get outdoors too!

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DR1939 8/20/2013 11:20AM

    I used to give students the opportunity for extra credit for photographing a set of environmental psychology concepts, e.g., mystery is often implied by a curving road where one cannot see what is coming. I found it very useful in helping them making the theory concrete.

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KALIGIRL 8/20/2013 8:40AM

    Here's to the bonuses of being aware in the outdoors!
Love it!

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SANDICANE 8/20/2013 8:00AM

    Don't cha just love those win-win situations!!! You get exercise and fun all rolled up into one!


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POPSY190 8/20/2013 2:51AM

    It's so satisfying to take courses that interest you so much - and the results here are wonderful!

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MISSY455 8/20/2013 2:18AM

    Wonderful pictures! Your online class sounded interesting too.

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WIZKEY 8/19/2013 10:59PM

    Beautiful!! And what a great incentive to get out and move!!

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