Category Archives: Nature

Ohiopyle State Park after 24 hours of rain

In an uncommon occurrence this Winter, we have had roughly 24 hours of steady rain and storms.  Creeks and rivers all around were rising and overflowing their banks.  Once the worst of that finished, I drove over to my favorite local hiking spot at Ohiopyle State Park to scope things out.  Normally, this park has quite a few awesome waterfalls, streams and a nice river, but with the amount of rain that fell, I figured those would be well above normal levels.

Knowing it was currently raining, I grabbed the only brand of bag I trust in any kind of weather, a Billingham.  It doesn’t matter how hard it might rain, the bag would protect my gear without messing around with clumsy rain covers.  Sure enough, even after being out in the rain for a few hours, nothing inside the bag got wet.  The same could not be said for myself.  The gear in the bag was my usual landscape setup consisting of my Fuji X-Pro2, Rokinon 12mm f/2, Fuji 18-135mm and a Fuji 23mm f/2.  I can cover pretty much anything with it and is still compact enough to fit in the Hadley Small.  The other gear was an AmazonBasics carbon fiber tripod and a Variable ND filter.

The water levels were way higher than normal and you had to be very careful moving over the rocks, as one incorrect step could lead to an untimely swim.  Thankfully, my footing held sure and I was able to return home to process the pictures.

Favorite Shots from 2017

Looking back through the year of photography is always a good experience in both remembering the fun times and trying to think about the things that I got better at this year.  In the early part of the year, I splurged and bought an open box Fuji X-Pro2.  I had my eye on this camera since it was announced and was not disappointed once it was in my hands.  The optical viewfinder with primes lenses works extremely well and made me want to slow down and just watch for specific moments to capture.  Toward the end of the year, I picked up a Mitakon 35mm f/0.95 manual focus lens and since I first put it on the camera, it has barely come off.  The optical viewfinder combined with a lens like this just makes shooting such a joy.  I am very excited to see what 2018 brings and what else I can get in front of my camera.