“Unexpected Colours of Late Winter”
“Art never responds to the wish to make it democratic; it is not for everybody; it is only for those who are willing to undergo the effort needed to understand it.”
― Flannery O’Connor
Well, back to reality. I live in a land of four seasons, often extreme and more often, surprising, offering unexpected gifts.
I got out on the trails again. The trails, at this time of the year, are downright treacherous, not only icy, but uneven and icy. So, a good set of ice cleats or ‘icers’ is an essential, unless you enjoy spending your time on your backside, sprawled across the trail. For me it’s also about protecting my camera gear. There’s not much more painful than watching a $1,600 lens bounce off the ice.
That’s the preface to today’s post. It was a gorgeous, sunny day, but still quite crisp and the trails were ice-covered, snow strewn in patches in the darker recesses of the forest. Late winter is like that around here. We get a few warm days, the snow melts and the resulting slush freezes overnight, only to repeat the cycle, especially on the packed down trails.
I have posted several photos earlier this year of my forest hikes, all are a bit dull, in this icy world of muted shades. In fact, that alone has kept me from bringing my camera with me on the past few hikes, nothing inspires.
Last week I purchased a new camera pack , a Tenba Solstice 24L, for those interested, which I am hoping to use in a few future expeditions, and today I decided to carry the pack with most of my gear to try it out. It is perhaps the best camera pack I have owned yet and opened up the option of having a large selection of lenses, filters, and accessories with me.
This ‘test’ hike brought me through familiar territory and I made a few images along the way. Then, I came across this beautiful scene. The late morning sun flashed from bright green spruce sapling and lit up the golden leaves of a small beech tree. I was determined to capture this bit of magic. After a few trials, I believe I have something close to what I saw. I am now re-inspired, despite what largely appears as a dull and tired landscape. Nature always seems to have a few tricks up her sleeve to keep me coming back.
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 90mm
1/4 sec, f/11.0 ISO 250
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I like the quote. I’ve felt this way before, never realizing it’s probably the norm in the world of artists. I see it, I make it, I get it. Too bad for anyone that doesn’t, their loss!
Curiously, I’m shopping for a new pack. I have my eye on a Vanguard Havana 48L.
It’s a bit bigger, but I want a pack that will carry my camera, a lens option, some accessories (battery, charger, ND filters, remote) and also have room for my binoculars and field guide.
I’ll have a look at Tenba. Sounds like a good recommendation.
I’m really impressed with the Tenba 24L. It holds my main body, with grip and a 70-200mm f/2.8, a second body and 4 lenses, all in the main compartment. It carries like a dream and opens on the inside, so I can use it like a desk! Check out the YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-0izWWgsTE
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