Waterfalls

New Cameras and Sites and Stuff

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So, today I took my new camera to South Mountain to get some photos. Oh, wait, did I tell you I got a new camera? Hey, guess what? I GOT A NEW CAMERA. (It’s really hard to express how excited I am about this…)

imageAnyway, I got a Sony Alpha SLT-a65. It’s a translucent mirror (Single Lens Translucent) camera, similar to an SLR, but it has a translucent mirror (doh), which allows most of the light to pass through to the sensor and reflects the rest to the autofocus sensor to allow for full-time phase detection focusing. You’re probably not overly interested in all of the technical stuff, but here’s the wiki page just in case.

Instead of going with the kit lens, I decided to purchase a Sony 35mm prime. I got a fisheye adapter to play around with, as well. I’m planning on getting some more lenses, namely a good wide-angle and a zoom, but I’ll have to save a bit before I do that.

Back to South Mountain.

My friend, Jeff, and I went up there to see what it looked like after the chilly weather hit (it doesn’t get too cold down here, so freezing weather is a fun anomaly). I got a few decent pictures, but my main goal was to get some good images for HDR processing. One of the problems with experimental photography is that a large volume of photos are taken, and a very small number of usable photos result. I’ll have to wait until Spring to really get some good shots because everything was a light shade of green or brown. Here’s a glimpse of part of the trip, though.

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StolenLogoOn to the major news. I’ve started a new photography blog, stolenpixels.com! My goal is to post one picture every weekday. I’m going to limit the amount of text in each post, so the blog will mainly be limited to daily photos. Go check it out, and if you like what you see, hit the follow button! You can also follow Stolen Pixels on Facebook here.

Thanks!
~ Chris

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Backpacking – A Photo Post

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Over the weekend my father and I went on a backpacking trip. Us being the nerdy tech types that we are, we had 4 cameras with us. I figured I’d share a few pictures with you to put a little personal twist on this blog.

After a nice drive of around 2 hours, my father and I finally arrived at Linville Gorge. The Linville Gorge Wilderness Area is a beautiful and spacious (over 11,600 acres) national park; it’s the third largest wilderness area in North Carolina. We meandered out way up to the ranger station and met the park personnel as they were opening the shop. “Let me see if I can get you any permits.” The jovial, hefty man in the green park service shirt said as he lit the gas lights and had his wife look for the permit book. “Ah, it looks like we have a few left! We can only issue 15 permits and we’ve only given out 2 so far.” After acknowledging the fellow’s advice about skunks and the dangers of yellow jackets, we headed back out to the truck for a dusty ride up to the top of the mountain.

A picture of a river. o.O
A candid shot of the river we took heading down.

I’ll try to condense the rest of the trip a little bit more… Once we had zipped up our 40ish pound packs and made sure everything was secure, we embarked on our brave expedition. Don’t worry, we did this once before in Cali, we’re bona-fide pros. Sort of…

A picture of me...
That pack was heavy... >.>

Once we had hiked the two miles down to the river, we stopped to enjoy the scene, and then kept trukin’ up the trail. On the way we saw a total of 12 people, two dogs, and a bunch of centipedes. Exciting wildlife, right?

My father and his journey...
My father's arduous trek across the perilous rocky outcrop. (lol) *Note - This is an animated gif that runs once, click to see it again.

After our hike down, we found a campsite that we liked. We set our packs down and did a little bit of exploring (i.e. I wandered around while my dad bummed on his backpack.) We soon found a better campsite that was about 25′ above the river. It was a nice little spot that had evidentially been used by a BSA troop before. As per the sock that we disposed of. 

A sock... in a fire.
This is the Boy Scout sock that we "properly retired."
Our humble little campsite.
Our homely abode for the the weekend.
A waterfall picture.
The waterfall near our camp.

After messing around in the river and wandering about, we decided that hammocks would be ideal, and promptly took a nap. We slept well that night and then wandered off to explore some more of the gorge. It was a great trip, and I’ll leave you with a fantastic photo from the preparation… I’m sure you’ll love it. 😉

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Yep, that's what I do with the waterproof camping bags. =p

There you go, a complete photo journey, I even included a twist with my lovely self portrait in the form of “miroir salle de bains Facebook Photo.”