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.
So I finally managed to get up to my favorite place to hike and take pictures, Ohiopyle State Park. Even though I missed peak color, I was quite happy with everything I saw.
I went out with the plan on only using a single lens, the Rokinon 12mm so that I could really force myself into visualizing a shot. I did add a circular polarizer and occasionally a variable ND filter. Overall, I’d say the day was a success and it got me out in the middle of the woods to relax. That’s a win win situation.
Laurelville is a place that my family enjoys spending time at. My wife grew up going to camp there and now we are Association Members. Twice a year, the members go and visit the grounds and spend time together and help out with volunteer projects. It’s always a wonderful weekend of fellowship and slowing down. I normally try to sneak in a quick hike to revel in the nature of it all.
Near the high point of the property is Split Rock, which can be reached by following a trail to the top. Coming back down to Jacob’s Creek, a small waterfall rushes. This trip was preceded by an abundance of rain, so the creek was quite high.
There is also a kiln on the property which was in use for the entire weekend. There was a crew from a local class that were stoking the fires every hour of the day and night. I stopped down Saturday night to check it out.
The temperature was roughly 1,600 degree’s at this point, and they still wanted to take it even higher to around 2,500. The heat output was intense and getting close was quite hot. It seemed like the kiln’s appetite for wood never let up, every few minutes, more logs would be tossed into the inferno within.
The weekend came to an end and my family and I are back at home. Now we have to go back to the real world.
My family and I just have just returned from an extra long weekend at Babcock State Park in West Virginia. The park is beautiful and home to the often photographed Cedar Creek Grist Mill. Trying to get an original image of the mill is nigh impossible at this point, but I took a few that I like, and for me, that is all that matters.
Other places we ventured too included Hawk’s Nest State Park, the New River Gorge Bridge, Cathedral Falls near Gauley Bridge and Plum Orchard Lake. West Virginia is a fantastic state for sight seeing and exploring. It seemed like everywhere we went, the landscaped was so impressive. I easily could have spent so much more time hiking around, but alas, I have to get back to my real job.