One Snap at a Time
I previously wrote about how I had somewhat irresponsibly purchased a new camera and was teaching myself to use Lightroom. I am really pleased to say that I have used my camera several times since we last chatted. I’ve found that my hiking is a wonderful excuse to break it in and experiment with the different settings.
Over break I went on 3 hikes, totaling 20 miles in distance — and I took my camera with me on two of those outings. Having my camera out while I’m hiking to take photos on a whim is something I’m getting used to, because I like keeping both my hands free while on trails — so I am currently trying to come up with some type of balance between keeping my camera out but also not running the risk of smashing my face into the ground if I were to fall because my hands were occupied.
The first hike I went on was with my dad at Evansburg State Park. We did a 5 mile loop, and it took around 2 hours to complete. This is the hike that I didn’t take my camera along for. It was the Sunday after it had snowed, was really cold out and I honestly just forgot it at home when I was heading over to the hike.
Next hike was just over 9 miles along Forbidden Drive and the Orange and Andorra trails that are in that area. I got my friend Dave to tag along with me, which was cool. Although I am perfectly fine hiking by myself, I really do prefer going with someone if possible. I took some photos, and he took some with my camera as well. This was my favorite picture Dave took of me while we were out and I edited it myself. There are a few of him that I really like, but I’ll leave that up to his discretion to share.
My last hike over break was in Valley Forge, this time on my own. It’s a really good area for short loops, but not for someone who wants to go at least 5 miles in one shot. I was able to do 6 miles total, but that was after doing two different trail loops and backtracking a little. I’ll add in my favorite photo from that trek as well. Not sure how I feel about taking photos of structures yet, but I think with some practice I’ll get the hang of more of the compositional stuff that makes photographs more appealing to look at.
Although I am still learning how to use the different settings on the camera and might not have that “artistic eye” like some other folks, I am pleased with what I have taken so far, and I am thrilled with how much I have been enjoying it all thus far. I’m really excited to take it with me on more excursions in the future!