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Stampede Wstern Gallery Show (2) – Stay on trails

This photo was taken in Lake O’Hara, British Columbiain in early September in 2010. I was walking on a trail and I found a beautiful green moss shinning in the morning sun light in a creek. However, I was with some friends heading to a location for the day. So I decided to come back in the evening. Unfortunately, the day turned to cloudy and we had a shower at the evening. But when I came back to the location I found in the morning, the sky was clearing up. I had still time before sunset.

But here was a problem. The creek was running about 3m below the trail. If I had taken Ninja action, I would’ve been able to go down to the creek. Well…now, I’ve got to tell myself…”No, I can not do this. It is not acceptable”. “Staying on trails”, that was clearly stated by a park ranger. It takes long time to recover once natural habitants are damaged. Photographers tend to bend the rule to get unique shots. But it may result in struggling own neck in long run.

Anyway, I kept walking and I came to cross the creek. Then there was a pass along by the creek. Lucky! I can reach to the green moss without stepping over natural vegetation.

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Ultra wide Heliar 12mm/f5.6, my fun lens. Lee 0.9 ND filter. This is HDR image. I used PS to develop the HDR image but the outcome was not satisfactory. Then I tried Photometix, and I am quite happy with the result.

Landscape photography in a cloudy day

Thinking of this summer, I had rainy days or at least cloudy days almost every weekends. What even worse is those cloudy days were overcast weather, so I did not see any cloud patterns…. just boring gray sky.  It is obviously difficult to shoot gorgeous landscape pictures in this condition.

One day, I hiked the rockbound lake trail in Banff national park. It became cloudy, really cloudy and sky was plain gray when I got to the lake. But I had already hiked 7 km. I needed to capture some images anyway.  So I changed strategy.

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I walked around the lake shore and I found a rocky area and a weed. This could be a good chance to try the 12mm lens I bought recently! I set up my tripod and I approached the lens as close as possible to the grass. Actually those 3 rocks are only 1 m away from the grass. I could successfully eliminate the sky from the frame.

Ultra Wide-Heliar 12mm f/5.6 Lens

I got an Ultra Wide-Heliar 12mm f/5.6 Lens and a filter adapter and I tested this lens this lens last weekend. M-mount of Ultra Wide-Heliar 12mm f/5.6 has been released, but my lens is screw mount version. The screw mount version does not have a rangefinder coupling so I have to rely on eye measurement. However, the closest focusing distance of the screw mount version is 0.3m. M-mount version is 0.5m. This 20cm of difference is significant for such a super wide angle lens.    

I got an Ultra Wide-Heliar 12mm f/5.6 Lens and a filter adapter and I tested this lens this lens last weekend. M-mount of Ultra Wide-Heliar 12mm f/5.6 has been released, but my lens is screw mount version. The screw mount version does not have a rangefinder coupling so I have to rely on eye measurement. However, the closest focusing distance of the screw mount version is 0.3m. M-mount version is 0.5m. This 20cm of difference is significant for such a super wide angle lens.    

I did not buy this lens to cover wide area of view. That will be done panorama head. Instead, I bought this lens to enjoy its stretched perspective.     

 

About 25cm awat from this horse Don’t lick my lens! 

I did not want to lie down on ground so I just approached my camera to the closest flowers about 25cm away. I did not use a finder.