What benefits do you notice when you practice outdoor photography?
One of my favorite winter time activities is to walk across Lake Winona (after there have been multiple severely cold days).* I carry my camera with me and stop in the middle of the Lake to take a photo from that unique vantage point. I also find someone who is ice fishing and ask them to take a photo of me as a way to remember the moment. It’s also a social opportunity to talk with the anglers and learn about their outdoor activity. This particular activity challenges me to embrace the cold weather, to take each step in trust, and to enjoy the pleasure of accomplishing a goal.
I have taken photographs of Winona’s scenic beauty in all four seasons from the river to the bluffs and everything in between. Taking outdoor photographs provides me an opportunity to get exercise whether it’s walking the lakes, canoeing in the backwaters or cross-country skiing in the bluffs.
I participated in a group paddle in the backwaters and carried both my 35 MM and iPhone and recorded Ranger Ed Lagace playing his flute in his canoe. In that case, it’s a challenge to both solo paddle and try to maneuver your equipment without tipping over.
What made you interested in photography?
I became interested in photography in my youth. I found that I liked being behind a camera and capturing special occasions with family and friends. As I grew into adulthood, I decided to pursue it more seriously and studied Photographic Arts at Winona State University and discovered an interest in landscape and portrait photography.
What special equipment or considerations do you need to develop this healthy habit?
I own a Canon 35 MM digital camera that I typically use to take photos because of its image quality. I also have an iPhone and have discovered that it has given me some quality photos, not to mention it’s video component.
Pro tip: When photographing, keep your camera protected from the outdoor elements such as snow or water. (I lost a point and shoot camera in the Mississippi River while canoeing because I didn’t have it properly stored in a case!).
Photo Credit: Unknown Ice Fisherman