Walking With My Camera

*** myPhotoWalk — Photo Tech Talk ***

About a month ago, I began power walking for exercise in the very early mornings. This has greatly helped my sense of well-being and feeling of fitness.

Of course, as an avid photographer, I don’t want to miss any photo opportunities along the way, so I take my Sony A6000 mirrorless camera with me using a Zeiss 16-70mm lens. It’s light weight, but power-packed with features. Whereas my Nikon D810 produces a resolution of 7360×4912 pixels (36.2 megapixels), the Sony A6000 comes in at a respectable 6000×4000 pixels (24 megapixels), more than enough for quality professional print production.

What this has done is help me practice composition and see more beauty out in God’s great creation. I call this PhotoWalking!

To make walking easier, I use a waist pack to hold a bottle of water (much needed when it’s a summery 90+ degrees in the California desert), keys, iPhone, and earphones. And my Sony A6000 slung over my shoulder.

I am usually up at 4:00am and I spend my quiet time with the Lord. Then, I am out the door by 5:30am or 6:00 am.

When I walk, I usually listen to sermons online by George O. Wood or I will listen to whatever is being taught on photography at CreativeLive.com.

While I am walking, I look intently at my surroundings. And whatever I notice that captures my interest becomes a subject for my camera.

This one day, I noticed a beautiful bottlebrush flower. So I stopped and began capturing some images. I have found that the Sony A6000 does a great job of capturing closeup images of flowers and produces a nice bokeh if you shoot on Aperture priority. With the Sony A6000 I will sometimes even shoot on Automatic to simply focus on composition and light. However, my preference is almost always Aperture priority because I have more control over depth of field. In this case I shot on Automatic and it shows. There is less of that beautiful bokeh that I would have preferred in this shot. However, I was able to add some in through Nik Color Efex Pro Vignette Blur. You have to be very careful in using that filter so as not to add too much blur. I only added a hint of it here. And then I added one of my favorite texture filters from OnOne Software — the Rice Paper with Vignette. But I only applied it at 10% so that only a hint of it shows in the image. My goal in post-processing this image was to bring the eye to the flower, and yet still show the beauty of the surroundings. Some photographers opt to darken the surroundings much more so that almost all you see is the flower. That’s not my style. I like to show everything but still draw the eye to the main attraction.

So, the next time you go power walking, take your camera with you, whether it’s a point-and-shoot, a DSLR, or your iPhone. You will notice so much more, and your ability to compose beautiful images will grow.

Happy PhotoWalking!

♥ Blessings and Grace to You!


myPhotoWalk Devotional

The wilderness and desert will be glad.
Isaiah 35:1

myPhotoWalk Technical

  • Title: Joy In The Desert
  • Description: A beautiful bottlebrush on an early morning walk in Palm Desert, California, USA.
  • Creator: Catherine Martin
  • Date Created: 06/24/16
  • Camera: Sony A6000, Zeiss 16-70mm, FL 70mm, ISO 250, f/4, 1/250sec.
  • Photoshoot: myPhotoWalk PhotoShoot in Palm Desert, California, USA..
  • Post-Processing: Adobe Camera Raw, Adobe Photoshop, Nik Software, OnOne Software.
  • Copyright ©2017 Catherine Martin – myPhotoWalk™ – Quiet Time Ministries. All Rights Reserved.
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