On Saturday, I ran the first outside training run I’ve done in years. When I ran my route – the same route I used to run when I ran regularly – I noticed it with a different eye this time. A photographer’s eye.
It’s spring, and I’m seeing budding trees. But, now, instead of just seeing random green, I see the shapes. The lines. The shades of color. I think macro. I think filling the frame. I think angles, exposure, and shutter speed.
On Sunday, my training schedule said I had to walk for 40-60 minutes. I decided to walk the same route I ran on Saturday, but I decided to make it a photo walk, so I could actually take pictures of all the things I saw and thought, “Oh, I wish I had my camera for that!”
The first was a tree on my street that caught my attention. I loved the new leaves, unfolding from the buds.
I took a few more shots of the same tree before moving on (click to view larger).
When I made my way to the start of the trail, I remembered I wanted a shot of the mini stop and street sign at the beginning (or end, depending on your POV) of the gravel path. I’ve always thought it was so cute.
I had an assignment for my photog class to take a photo of one object in two different ways. As I walked, I chose the power lines.
I also liked this perspective on the water tower.
When I got to the neighborhood playground, I knew just the image I wanted to capture. The park district is in the middle of remodeling our playground. There’s a big mound of dirt and gravel that they’ve dug up, off to the side. For a while now, there have been a few tufts of daffodils blooming randomly on the otherwise barren and desolate mound. They were still there the day before, so I was excited to finally have my camera with me to capture the odd sight. Unfortunately, it seems someone came by and clipped most of them – probably to put in a vase.
I was quite amused to come across a kite eating tree.
Another, cute, little stop/street sign – and the trail continues….
I didn’t keep following the trail. Instead, I turned back into the neighborhood, and found this beautiful magnolia tree.
Finally, as I came back to my street, I looked up and saw the sun trying to peek from behind the clouds, its rays faintly spreading out in all directions. I didn’t know how well my camera would capture it, but I gave it a try. I like it, and it became my Project 365 pic of the day.
You can see all of these (and more) images in larger sizes on my Flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lildebweb/