What with being sick over christmas break, we missed out on visiting Benoit, missed out on two AMC skiing trips, and then it rained and all the snow melted.
Finally, this sunday we made it outside. There was a state forest I wanted to scout out for skiing trips. Unfortunately, due to the rain, we had to scout on foot. It looks like it might get a little more foot traffic than the ideal ski spot, but it looks worth going back when there is real snow.
This was the first time outside with my new camera, so I was anxious to see how it would work. I tried using the manufacturer supplied camera bag attached to my waist belt . That worked pretty well, except that it ran into my leg frequently. I also tried leaving the lens cap off and just using the UV filter for protection. That seemed to work quite well. I didn’t have any poles with me, but I think I would have enough hands skiing to unzip the pouch.
In general, the pictures came out fine, although they weren’t as awesome as I had hoped. I guess photographer skill still matters. There were a number of them (most of which were not posted) where the colors looked dingy compared to what I remember it looking in real life. See this example. Any suggestions for how to improve that? Do I just need better lighting, manual ISO, something else I don’t know about?
As far as the fixed focal length lens, it worked fine on this hike. The woods were close enough together that I couldn’t see anything farther than the lens could. There were only a couple of instances when I wanted a wider lens such as this tree I had to back up for. Given this hike, I am guessing I will be happy with the lens up until spring skiing when I will want to take pictures of people skiing snowfields on the side of Mount Washington. That gives me two months to figure out what I want to do for a zoom/telephoto lens.