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Kanapaha Botanical Gardens–April 2016


Groupon was offering an excellent deal on annual passes, so I picked one up for me and the husband. Besides being able to enjoy a nice afternoon in a quiet, serene setting, it gave me yet another opportunity to become more comfortable with my recently acquired Pentax KS-1 camera. Wanting a minimalist approach to my camera gear, I paired it with the film-era Pentax F 35-70/3.5-4,5 macro lens. This lens about the size of a typical 50mm prime, making this camera/lens combination easy to carry. While not a true 1:1 macro, the 35-70 allowed me to get close enough to get some good details in the flower shots.

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Looking beyond the obvious


fall photo workshop 09-1112

Originally uploaded by Heather’s Lightbox

This was one of the shots I got while I was at Lori Kincaid’s fall photography workshop last month. This post really isn’t so much about the picture itself as the experience involved in getting this picture to begin with.

Overall, the weather was not what any of us had anticipated. While we were expecting the cool temperatures, we weren’t expecting all of the rain and fog we got. At 4100 ft in the Pisgah National Forest, the fog did not lift all weekend–we did not get to see the spectacular view of the mountains from the back deck of our cabin at all. Believe me, it was most definitely a challenge to keep ourselves from getting too wet and muddy as well as keep our spirits up in spite of the fact that the weekend hadn’t turned out like we had hoped. In addition, I was also dealing with a head and chest “bug” that I had caught before I had left home.

Despite the cold and wet, we still made the best of it and managed to get some great shots like this one. I think most everybody else that I was with would agree with me in saying that in spite of everything, we were glad that we pushed ourselves past our normal limits and faced the challenges of the less-than-ideal weather we were presented with. After this experience, I can now say that I’ll be less likely to skip a photo opportunity simply because the weather isn’t ideal. As long as I and my gear are properly protected, I now know that I am capable of going out and shooting in almost any kind of weather. 🙂