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Shooting Bees …

Monday, August 19, 2013

… and ducks and trees ….

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. I’d love a DSLR, but that’s not in the budget. I can take some decent pictures with what I’ve 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 isn’t bad, but it’s also not getting my physical activity. There needs to be a balance.

I’m on the SparkPeople Shutterbugs team. Every week there’s an assignment (which isn’t 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 – 5 or more miles a day. But it was the month in which I walked the most miles so far this year. And I wasn’t able to record my miles for 2 of those days, due to a dead pedometer battery.

So … that’s what motivates me to get out and get some exercise. And it’s enjoyable. It’s a win-win, as far as I’m concerned.

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