Wordy Wednesday #452 “ Clearing Your Mind with a Walk”

As I’ve written about before, 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 new-to-me black Panasonic Lumix GX1 camera body from a camera store in Japan (via eBay) and wanted to make sure that it worked. I stuck on an Olympus M. Zuiko 17mm f/2.8 lens (34mm equivalent) which produced a  compact and attractive package and set out on a walk around Bingham Lake. Exposure was 1250 sec at f/16 and ISO 200.

Bingham Lake Park is a 30-acre park in Douglas County, CO and is a quiet oasis 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 and visitors. The lake iself 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—a great place to chimp any photos you made—as you observe the waterfowl and other wildlife that frequent the lake.

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.

Author: Joe Farace

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