Friday, June 26, 2009

Hiking again

Last November, I posted about my misadventure trying to hike on a particularly interesting area of Peneda-Gerês National Park (Northern Portugal) on an overcast Autumn day. Dense fog, wind and cold was pretty much all we got from that trip. Now that the weather seemed more reliable, we repeated the hike. We still got some wind, but the day was sunny and pleasantly warm. There was a mercilessly harsh sunlight coming from the cloudless sky, though. One is really never happy...

Ironically, on my previous attempt I had carried the K10D together with four prime lenses (25, 50, 85 and 135 mm). I was prepared for any photo opportunity that might have crossed my path! Needless to say, except for a few photos in the initial (relatively dry) stretch of the trail, all the gear stayed in the backpack for most of the time. This time I decided to be a bit more conservative and just carry the 25 mm and prove to myself the versatility of this focal length, equivalent to 37 mm on the K10D's sensor.

Pentax K10D + Zeiss Distagon 25/2.8

PS: Interestingly, a post has just come out on the blog A Scenic World, on the "problem" of choosing the right prime lens for a photography outing. Let me quote a particularly truthfull sentence: "The things that keep me from getting great shots is rarely the lack of the right lens - it’s the difficulty of getting out of the chair and out the door to shoot."

1 comment:

Douglas_of_Sweden said...

I really like the 2nd picture. Well composed and beautifull contrast between the close and the distance. Multo bueno!