Photo Hunt

My plan for a long Saturday ride was thwarted by french toast.

I’ve been working on a Nassau County to Brooklyn ride for my club since last fall. Although I’d traversed the route before, I made some recent tweaks to eliminate  high traffic areas. My plan was to rise early and do a final test ride before volunteering to lead the ride for the club.

The plan went sideways when I chose to sleep in and make a big breakfast for the family. I’ll spare you the gory details but suffice it to say that breakfast quickly became brunch and, by the time I cleaned up the mess, it was 1:00 pm. Too late to set off for Brooklyn and still keep a social appointment I had later in the day.

I did not want to sacrifice riding altogether, so I set off on a photo hunt. In this case, I rode around my own neighborhood with one of my better cameras looking for interesting images. 

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It isn’t often that I allow enough time on my rides to stop and smell the photographic roses. A deliberate photo hunt forces me to pay a little more attention to my surroundings while thinking about making nice images.

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I’ve been watching Outside Television in the evening. It always amazes me that people will take their cameras to the ends of the earth – climbing, skiing, surfing –  but for some reason many cyclists eschew carrying a full sized camera because of the weight and bulk, or out of fear of damaging it. We miss a lot of opportunities because of those decisions.

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I’ve been using a point and shoot while cycling, but today I took a DSLR, a zoom and a polarizer after feeling like a wuss compared to climbers who haul all their gear up the side of a wall in order to capture a nice image. I haven’t used my DSLRs in such a long time that I forgot how nice it is to look through a proper viewfinder and fiddle with the controls and the lens. Pure joy!

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I rode for a little more than an hour but I came home completely recharged and excited about making images. If you’ve relegated your full-sized camera to the dark corners of the basement, do try to find a way to take it on the road with you. Treat yourself to a photo hunt.

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About robertkerner

Educator, registered nurse, attorney, inquisitive mind
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