Wednesday, July 15, 2009
A Picturesque Bike Ride, Part One
I took a bike ride on Sunday with my camera in a small case strapped to my handlebars. Although I stopped constantly during my outing, I managed to put 20 miles on my odometer. Up until that afternoon, all of my bike rides had been non-stop trips with a consistent level of speed as a self-imposed requirement. The possibility of a collision was the only thing that slowed me down or stopped me.
Toting my camera changed my entire outlook and perception during my cycling experience. Instead of focusing almost exclusively on the road ahead of me, I searched my surroundings for photo-worthy subjects. Normally I can ride 20 miles in less than two hours, but with my abundant stops, I spent nearly three hours on the road.
I traveled the predominantly flat countryside on the northeast area of Beloit. I pointed and clicked my camera on all of the scenes and objects that caught my eye. I can only hope that you will find something here that trips your trigger. The motivation to take my camera with me came largely from my friend, Sarah. Whenever I doubted whether I should shoot or not, I took the shot, knowing Sarie would find inspiration and value in the end result. I know without a doubt that my friend will absolutely cherish and appreciate every single one of my pictures. I'm in awe of her unconditional approval.
If I want to improve my picture taking abilities, I know where to look. I will go straight to Sarie's blog, www.dayspringsarah.blogspot.com, for examples of her professional work. My memories of photos Sarie has taken guided me as I cycled through southern Wisconsin. I hope to learn by doing rather than subjecting myself to hours of studying and preparation. At sixty, I refuse to spend time dilly-dallying.
My Picturesque Bike Ride portfolio is bursting at the seams, thus I will post my masterpieces in two parts. I took 150 pictures but I'll subject you to fewer than that, you see, I do have compassion for my faithful blog followers. I seek to hold on to those of you I've hooked and will never intentionally turn you off or away by boring you. Feel free to comment on my presentation but only if your words are in praise of my work. Critical words will be blasted to the farthest regions of cyberspace so please proceed with caution. Just kidding! Or maybe not.