Once again it’s late August and my wife and I visit the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, WV for her to attend a work conference. I tag along and during the day, while she is busy attending meetings, I venture out to the surrounding area with a camera. Previous years, I’ve been to the Falls of Hills Creek and Sandstone Falls. This time I drive a bit further out to see the New River Gorge Bridge and drive the single lane road underneath it.
I arrived just after dawn and roamed around for a few hours waiting for the light and happily stomping around the river. Once I got the shots I wanted, I headed up to the trailhead parking lot for Long Point. This trail is almost 2 miles and heads to a beautiful rocky overlook of the bridge and surrounding area.
Other times during our stay, with my wife in the conference, I wandered around the grounds of the resort and happily snapped away at the historic structures. The kit I brought with me consisted of the X-Pro2, Rokinon 12mm, 23mm f/2, XF 18-55mm and XF 55-200mm along with a tripod and other small accessories. For walking around the grounds, I carried only the primes to keep weight down and force me into certain perspectives. Once again, the Fuji setup was a pleasure to use and produced some great images.
Today my family and I explored the National Aviary in Pittsburgh. We had never been there and were pleasantly surprised at the many exhibits and hands on activities for kids. Seeing as there would be brightly colored birds, I had to bring a camera bag.
My X-Pro2 along with the 18-55, 55-200, 12mm and the 56mm came along. I ended up using the 55-200mm for most of the bird shooting, but the other lenses were used for various shots of the family and of the architecture. Thankfully, since the Fuji system is relatively small and light weight, the camera bag wasn’t too heavy at all.
The past few months have been busy so I haven’t had an opportunity to really get out with a camera too much. Lately though, I’ve been finding small slices of time to peer through the viewfinder and try to make something. These shots are from our latest camping trip and bike riding on the Great Allegheny Passage trail.
My wife and I have recently returned from our latest trip to Mexico. We went down with some friends and had a great time together. My basic camera kit came along for the trip as well.
In order to try and pack somewhat light, I brought along the X-Pro2, Rokinon 12mm, Fuji 18-55mm, 23mm f/2 and 35mm f/1.4. While this may seem like a lot, the kit is very compact and rather lightweight all together. The kit, along with a Surface Pro 4, accessories, Velbon Ultra Maxi tripod and other stuff all fit into my backpack as my carry on personal item on the plane. This kit let me shoot essentially everything I needed. Long exposures on the beach at night were no issue and the 18-55mm served well during the day on the beach to prevent changing lenses most often.