I've dabbled in photography in the past, mostly using a Nikon FM2 SLR and print film. I've considered investing in a nicer DSLR, but always felt that the heavy equipment commonly associated with quality photography was at odds with my minimalist nature, particularly adventure running. And yet, running often brings me to some very spectacular scenes. Being mindful of photographic opportunities also helps to sharpen my vision and pushes me to actually see things instead of just looking at things.
Cameras are evolving. Micro four-thirds, mirrorless, larger sensors, and the like are available in increasingly smaller packages. I'm intrigued. But before I consider investing in something better, I first need to explore the limitations of the small point and shoot cameras I already own. With that in mind, I decided I'd bring along my old compact on today's easy, eight-mile lunchtime run in Forest Park. My mission was to turn off auto mode and learn. My assignment: photograph moss. The mid-day lighting kind of sucked, but then so do my photography skills. I intend to keep learning.
Some of the results.