The conjunction of New Mexico sunshine with a temperate northern climate equal late-spring electricity in Northern New York forests. Local residents, and flora, are equally excited at the passing of Memorial Day, which is referred to as the unofficial start of summer around here. These images are imperfect on their own, yet in series they speak to the dramatic range of a short walk in the woods with my mom. Some have been edited, other have not.
I purchased my first camera exactly a year ago– an Olympus E-PM1— and have learned greatly from the experience of shooting every day in diverse situations. My skills do not yet exceed the capacity of the camera, although there are times where I wish the camera or the lens could do things a little differently. I am looking to multiply my camera collection to give Lael a dedicated system, rather than to borrow mine. I am mesmerized by the Olympus OM-D, and some modern Panasonic and Olympus prime lenses. However, less expensive camera bodies are also exciting, leaving a lot more money to experiment with lenses. I am coming to realize that there are a range of fully-manual legacy lenses that can be adapted to fit M4/3 camera bodies– great glass at a great price, or even decent glass for really cheap. These days, I operate aperture and shutter speed manually, and use the auto-focus function on the camera with the manual focus engaged. This allows me full imaging control, with the convenience to shoot one-handed while on the bike, or in other compromising positions, while focusing manually when both hands are free. I use the zoom to compose images so that I almost never crop images in Lightroom, although much of the time I don’t touch the zoom at all. Finally, I want something that performs better in low light. My surroundings are constantly changing.
For anyone looking for an excellent camera and an inexpensive entrance into the popular Micro Four-Thirds format, the Olympus E-PM1 is now sold for under $300 with the 14-42mm kit lens. For the price, it is a solid workhorse for an aspiring photographer.
Our walk encircled the Tug Hill State Forest along popular winter XC-skiing trails, and traced the rim of Inman Gulf before returning through the forest to the trailhead. Deep riverine gulfs are common around here as streams downcut into the fractured sedimentary rock of the Tug Hill Plateau following the last Ice Age. The plateau rises nearly 1000ft from the lowlands surrounding Lake Ontario, capturing over three hundred inches of snow annually. Native hardwoods dominate these forests, and my memory, including sugar maple, American beech, black cherry, red oak, and hophornbeam. Streams splash into the depths of Inman Gulf from all sides.