One if my favorite pastimes is going on a photo walk. Alone or in a group, photo walks offer a great opportunity to enjoy what’s there, to notice and to document. A good photo walk has no goal, no agenda, no ambition at artistic achievement. To take the best advantage of a photo walk, pack light: one camera, one lens, no tripod (just a cell phone is fine); mix beginners with pros, old with young, men and women; and do not take family members who complain about your obsession with photography. The best photo outings end in a café, restaurant or a bar, excellent places for more photography, reviewing each other’s photographs on the camera’s LCD and talking about the day’s achievements.
I used to go on lots of photo walks in a seemingly distant past, often with local meetup groups. I learned a lot from others, got to know new locations and made a few friends. Since the pandemics hit, however, photo peeps tend to see each other as vectors of a potentially deadly disease. Consequently, group photo outings are few and far in-between. And when group outings happen, trying to follow CDC guidelines completely ruins them for me.
The other Saturday I woke up in a mood for a photo walk and set out alone, COVID-19 style. It had rained overnight, and the air was crisp, spring fresh. I walked along a riparian preserve located not far from my home. Although the place is not very photogenic and is heavily trafficked, I always find opportunities for snapshots. Above is what I found that day. The composition is simple, centered, and the simplicity of color is highlighted also in the square format of the frame.