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.
After posting some of my macro shots of the spider’s and insects, I’ve been asked about what kind of gear I use to create those images. Instead of buying an expensive macro lens, I’ve been able to piece together a rather inexpensive setup that lets me get close to 1 to 1 ratio. Below are some pictures and a list of the gear I use.
As I try to do once a year during the Fall, I took a day off of work on Friday to get out into the woods with a backpack full of camera gear and a bike. There was an overlook that I haven’t been to yet outside of Ohiopyle State Park so I started my day off at that trailhead a bit before sunrise. 2.5 miles uphill later, I arrived at a beautiful scenic overlook, albeit a bit clouded over. Next I hopped on my bike for a 10 mile ride from the town of Confluence to the Pinkerton tunnel on the Great Allegheny Passage bike trail. Then I just wandered around Ohiopyle proper a bit. The last pictures are some detail shots of making fresh apple cider with the family.