Saturday, August 13, 2011

A Friday Hike

Yesterday was one of the best days of the summer.  I went hiking.  Usually there are 3 or 4 of us, but this time only 2 of us could make it.  The other person is a photographer, so we knew before we started out that this would be a photography hike, as opposed to a hike during which we might get a few shots on our point-and-shoots. 

Before we arrived at the trailhead, we stopped at a pull-off where there was a pretty stream. I totally forgot to take my tripod, so I couldn't do any hdr work.  Jane, however, not only remembered her tripod, but she had her infrared camera with her and was concentrating on refreshing her infrared skills.  While she was working, I was trying desperately to photograph something, anything that was interesting but didn't include the sky. 

This was the best I could do.  Too bad there wasn't a cow or something standing on the other side of the fence.

As you can see, this was a short hike, more of a trail--some incline, but not up a mountain.  It was a beautiful walk.

There was a small lake at the end of the trail, and there were a lot of these sweet little flowers.  While Jane was working on her infrared, I decided to try, for the first time ever (I think), the macro setting on my slr.  Now I've used that setting on my point-and-shoot many times, but never on the big boy.  Pretty amazing.  The wind was blowing these flowers around, but I held onto the stem with one hand and shot with the other.  Not too bad, although not critically sharp.

So here's the lake--practically the same scene in horizontal and verticle.  I like them both, but have a very, very slight preference for one of them.  Which do you like better?


trishalyn said...

I loved your images, Linda...and hearing all about your day!

As for the lake images...they are both gorgeous, with interesting compositions, lovely skies, crystal clear waters, and tack sharp...even without a tripod! With my first impression, I was drawn to the horizontal image. As I studied them, however, I've come to a different conclusion. I like the vertical image better when viewed as seen, but when I enlarge them, the horizontal is more appealing than the vertical. Talk about wishy-washy...LOL.

BTW...I love the fence image, even without a cow on the other side! :-)

Does Jane have a blog or website? I'd love to see what she captured in infrared.

Framing Images and Memories said...

Beautiful Lake. I like the vertical..would like it better cropped a little tighter to eliminate just a bit more of the foreground rocks.

Bridget said...

love the close up of the fence and the flowers.
both landscapes are very nice also.i like that you captured the same scene vertically and horizontally.

Anonymous said...

It's Betty. Vertical!