Clearing Your Mind with a Walk

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

“Look, I’m not an intellectual – I just take pictures.”—Helmut Newton

As I’ve written about before on my former blog, I like to take walks during the day to get a bit of exercise, clear my head and sometime try out  new equipment, which was the case on this particular day. I had just purchased a used black Panasonic Lumix GX1 camera body from a camera store in Japan (via eBay) and wanted to make sure that it worked.

Bingham Lake Park is a 30-acre park that’s located in Douglas County, CO and is a quiet oasis that’s enjoyed by hikers, mountain bikers, dog enthusiasts and fisherman. The one-mile loop trail around the 25-acre lake is a popular attraction for local residents, like me, as well as visitors.

The lake itself is home to various warm water game species, such as large-mouth bass, black crappie, walleye, blue gill yellow perch, channel catfish and wipers.  A shelter located at the west trail head is a perfect location for a shaded picnic—and also great place to chimp any photos you made—as you observe the waterfowl and other wildlife that frequent the lake.

For the above photograph, I mounted an Olympus M. Zuiko 17mm f/2.8 lens (34mm equivalent) which is kind of my go-to lens with this GX1 as well as the silver body GX1 converted using the Hyper Color filter by LifePixel. One of the reasons I like this combo is that it produces a  compact and attractive package and so I set out on a walk around Bingham Lake. Exposure for the photograph was 1250 sec at f/16 and ISO 200.

For some reason, this little camera and the Olympus lens got me motivated on the walk and I got to make some images—including this one—that were somewhat different from the kind of shots I normally do on these walks. It was fun and if you didn’t already know it, “Having Fun with Your Photography” is the unofficial motto of this blog.