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.
It is fitting that on October 1st, I did portraits for some good friends. Every year, about this time, we get together to do Fall portraits.
This went very smoothly as I was using my new Godox wireless TTL flash setup. I metered at about -2/3 of a stop in background light and then used a single speedlight off camera in a 24″ Octabox to illuminate the people. Since the Godox can do wireless TTL and High Speed Sync with the Fuji setup, I was able to use my Fuji 56mm f/1.2 at about f/2 and shutter speeds above the 1/250 flash sync of the camera. I dialed the TTL flash exposure down about 2/3 of a stop and everything just popped. Having gear that just works makes the rest of the process that much easier.
After reading some other blogs recently espousing the fun that can be had with some macro photography tools, I jumped on-board and ordered a few cheap accessories to have some fun. With just the basics, wandering around your back yard can open up many new opportunities in photography.
These were the first shots that I’ve taken with my basic setup. I ordered a $30 set of Meike Macro Extension tubes for my X-Pro2 and used with my 56mm f/1.2 or 18-135mm Fuji lenses. On the front the lens, I added a Raynox 150 macro lens that I had from previous dabbles in macro photography. To get the depth of field I needed, I had to stop down the lens to either f/16 or f/18. Due to the extremely small aperture, I attached a flash via a TTL cord to illuminate the subject and keep ISO down. All of these shots were handheld and the working distance was between 2 and 3 inches of the lens. It was challenging and I’m sure there are better setups for this, but for the minimal cost involving, I’m very happy with the results.