Sunday, May 19, 2013

Walking tour

When I bike more, I take fewer pictures. Makes sense. I'm still trying to figure out how to balance my variety of hobbies. I guess I just have to be willing to stop more on the bike. Today, I was going to take a bike ride, but instead I got super lazy and sat and knit and watch terrible Netflix all morning. Then, when I finally had the energy to the leave the house, I decided to walk. Just a short walk, with the iphone at the ready, and take a few pictures if anything caught my eye. I did take three longer bike rides this week, but I'm still working on getting some real mileage. Maybe next week. I had another little spending spree this week--some cycle-specific shorts and a new camera. I'm so, so excited about the camera--I can't wait for it to arrive (some time next week). I think I might even sign up for a photography class in June. I used to know about f-stops and apertures and such but I've forgotten it all. This new camera is a point and shoot but it's supposed to have a fantastic lens and be one of the best of its class. I just can't see getting a DSLR...too heavy. I know I won't use it. I am starting to chafe at the constraints of the iphone, though, and my old digital camera has a flaw in the lens so all its pictures are messed up. Anyway, I thought I'd share a couple of the pics from my walking tour...


The first one is an abandoned storefront near my house. The old places are getting restored and occupied, but slowly.

The second pic is a little house that almost looks like the country...except for the bars on the windows.

The last--mostly it was that church that struck me. I can't get the photo I want of this kind of building with the iphone. I'm hoping with the new camera I can get closer and still have a good angle. We'll see.

Grateful for: the resources to fund all my hobbies.



  1. What kind of camera are you getting? I'm debating a DSLR vs something smaller because I worry the size will cause me to leave it home. Enjoying your photography and blog. Thanks.

    1. I'm getting the Panasonic Lumix LX7. Sort of funny because the digital camera I have now is also a Panasonic with a Leica lens (ZS7), and I don't like it one bit. What it lacks is good color balance and low-light quality. It's main asset is an amazing 12x optical zoom.

      Everything I read about the LX7 suggests that it won't have these problems. It is still a point and shoot, but has a wide-angle lens, can be set to fully manual, has a big sensor for its size, and performs well in low-light and macro (extreme close-up) settings. The close-up setting is really important for photographing knitting, as is the color balance (fingers crossed on that). I think this camera is a good compromise--but we'll have to see how it performs. I'm going to shoot like crazy when it arrives and return it if I don't like it. Maybe I'll use the blog as my test audience. :)


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