Clearing Your Mind with a Walk

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

As I’ve written about on our sister 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 but new-to-me white Panasonic Lumix GF3 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.

For some reason, this little camera and the Oly lens got me motivated while on the walk and I got to make some images—including the one above —that were somewhat different from the kind of shots that I normally make 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.

PS: Even thought the GF3 is an “old” camera—it was introduced in 2011—in Internet years it is surprisingly good little image maker and is often available on eBay for very attractive prices making it an ideal first camera for a young person interested in photography. It is also surprisingly good at video and it’s compact size made it perfect for mounting on my Lego Holiday train for some on-the-track action. You can see that video here.


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