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Running While Carrying (My Camera) Take 2

It was a cold, blustery day – the kind of day meant for sitting on the couch and ignoring the call of my running shoes. I am very good at both of those things. But amazingly, the call of my camera was stronger, so I laced up my sneakers and took the camera out for another spin.

I headed south down 23rd street toward the Lincoln Memorial like I always do. I had plans to check out a stunning painted church in Southwest DC, but never made it there due to a disease I like to called “obsessive photography.”

I started snapping at the John Ericsson National Memorial, dedicated to the man who invented the screw propeller.

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I headed east toward the FDR Memorial, a sprawling celebration of FDR’s four presidential terms.

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The memorial hosts a recreation of the depressed bread line – men waiting on line for a scrap of bread during the Great Depression.

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A collage of bronze panels, called Social Programs, features the 54 social programs President Roosevelt initiated under his presidency. It makes for beautiful photography.

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This wall is dedicated to FDR’s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a work relief program that existed from 1933 to 1942.

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I love the way the light peaks through the trees and shines down on the grey stone.

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Here, I zoomed in on a statue of FDR. The statue was somewhat controversial because the designers chose not to depict FDR in his wheelchair. The wall in the background reads: “They who seek to establish systems of government based on the regimentation of all human beings by a handful of individual rulers… call this a New Order. It is not new and it is not order.”

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As I left the FDR Memorial, I cam across this tree and stopped suddenly. I can’t get over how much this tree looks like a face.

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Beautiful trees. Enough said.

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I looped around to the Jefferson Memorial before heading home. A bride sat on the marble steps, taking a pause in the cold to touch up her makeup.

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Conclusion: Running with my dSLR makes running bearable, even in cold, blustery weather.

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Holy chicken coop, Batman! I did it. I took the plunge — as did my bank account — but let’s not focus on that for a moment. So what did I do? I BOUGHT A NEW CAMERA. After three years of loving my Canon Rebel EOS XS and telling myself I don’t really need a new camera, other forces prevailed. What forces would those be? The forces that said “Buy the camera! Buy the camera!”

What can I say? Those forces were very persuasive.

Hello there beautiful

Hello there beautiful

I’ve had my eye on the Canon D60 for a while and finally found it on sale for $900. Do I really need a $900 camera? Uh, no. But I really, really, really want one.

I’ve only had a little time to play around with it (too much work, not enough time for play), but so far I love it. I love how fast it is — 5.3 frames per second! — and the beautiful sound it makes when I take pictures. I love that I finally have a live LCD view and the long battery life. It has video too, though I’m not sure how much I’ll use it. I’m told the D60 has way more manual controls, but I’m nowhere near that level of experimentation.

Some things I don’t love: It is definitely a larger and heavier camera, although the more rugged body is probably a good thing given my tendency to drop things. Some of the weight is due to the 18-135 mm lens that comes with the camera. When I stick my old 18-55 mm lens in, the camera is definitely lighter, but I like the idea of an in-between lens instead of lugging both the 18-55 mm and 70-300 mm lenses around everywhere.

Have you fallen asleep yet? Okay, I’ll stop blabbing, but know this: The D60 is beautiful and I will be experimenting with it in Paris next week. Stay tuned!

UPDATE: I neglected to give credit to my good friend Tamar for alerting me to the D60 deal. She deserves all the credit. I hope you’re happy buddy!

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