Photo Gallery - Nature Walks and Scenic Drives

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8/21/2014

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Sometimes you just need to get out for a while and be close to nature.

This is the season when the air is quiet and still, except for the chirp of crickets that can lull you to sleep.  This time of year, you can even hear them in the daytime. 

Everything is about as overgrown and green as it's going to get for the season.  Autumn is not far away.  In the higher altitudes, the goldenrods are starting to turn bright yellow.  A few plants are even beginning to show color change.  You'll see it first in the wild blueberry, then the sumac and a couple others.  This summer has been cool, so autumn could arrive early.

OK, let's see some photos! 



Lichen-Covered Wall

Aug. 9, 2014
Canon EOS 6D
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
ISO 400
f/4 @ 1/250th

Read my review of this great camera here;  100mm lens reviewed here.




Red Shed With Cow Parsnips

Aug. 9, 2014
Velvia 50 slide film
Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series E


I didn't write down the shutter speed or aperture.  This was probably f/5.6, which would have been 1/250th or 1/500th, although I might have used f/4.

Digital cameras cannot perfectly emulate the colors of Velvia.   To get even halfway there, you have to do a lot of adjustments.  I'd rather just shoot real Velvia slide film.  
What's the best camera in the world?  Almost any one that can shoot Velvia 50.  (See my "Getting Started In Film" article.)




The Dreams of a Small Tree


Velvia 50 slide film
Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series E


A vertically-oriented photo of trees against a blue sky with clouds.  The trees in the center appear to be dwarfed by much taller ones on either side.





Hemlocks and Red Pines

Aug. 10, 2014
Velvia 50 slide film
Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series E


I think this could be a mixed stand of hemlocks and red pines, but I'm not entirely sure.  When I've got a camera loaded with Velvia, I'm more interested in color and composition.  (For recording technical details such as leaf types and bark texture, I might just use the Canon SX50.)



Golden Rays of Sunlight


Aug. 10, 2014
Canon Rebel T3
EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
f/4 @ 1/2000th


The Canon 40mm pancake is a great all-around lens.  The only thing I'd change is its manual focus;  the ring spins around endlessly.  To get back into the focus range, you have to switch back to AF again and let the camera focus.  It's not that much of an issue, though, because the AF is very good.   The image quality is incredible.   Just get this lens.

You can use this lens on the Canon EOS film cameras, too.  Speaking of film... more Velvia 50:


Blueberry Sky

Aug. 10, 2014
Velvia 50 slide film
Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series E


This is not actually a blueberry bush, although it does bear a passing resemblance.  (They don't usually get this big.) 

Anyway, I named this for the sky color.  Velvia has the best color rendition for blue, purple, red, orange, yellow, green... hey, that's practically all the colors!   



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A Quiet Trail

Aug. 18, 2014
Nikon D5100 with 55-300mm DX VR
Vivid mode


This trail photo was pretty much straight-from-camera.  I originally didn't like Nikon DSLR colors nearly as much as Canon, but I've revised that viewpoint a bit.  (Still like Canon better, though.)  With the right settings and a good lens, the D5100 renders foliage quite nicely.

I never thought of green as my favorite color, because it's so common in nature.  But maybe it is my favorite.  I've realized that there are endless shades and hues of green.  Now I like to see how different cameras and films can render those greens.


Bog With Snags

Nikon D5100 with 55-300mm DX VR
Vivid mode
Curve adjustments


Many bogs have standing dead trees (snags).  This can happen where beavers dam up a stream.   I should have looked for sphagnum moss and all those other bog plants, but the sun was going down fast.  Time to take pictures!



They're Always Facing The Sun

Canon EOS 6D
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
ISO 200
f/2.8 @ 1/800th sec.




Remnants


Canon EOS 6D
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
ISO 200
f/4.6 @ 1/2000th




Wild Blueberry Plant

Canon EOS 6D
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
ISO 800
f/2.8 @ 1/320th

This last shot was extremely quick;  there wasn't a lot of time to mess around with different depths-of-field as I might have liked.  The sun went down over the horizon, so I had to get going.  I didn't even get the chance to shoot the whole roll of Velvia 50.  Whenever I finish that roll, I'll post some more pictures.

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