I have an overwhelming amount of information, story, tale, stuff to discuss but I am still digesting much of it and because of the first part (Doris getting her oats), I am way behind so this will turn into a meandering two or three-part tale, probably interrupted by Weekly Photo Challenges or Travel Themes and complicated by our trip up to Cape Cod where internet access is dicey to say the least.
I finally took the leap and bought a new camera. Being a Nikon user and the owner of several Nikon lenses the final decision came down to a Nikon D800 or D800E. I realize that many of you are not gear heads so suffice to say since I do not primarily do studio shoots or weddings the D800 was the winner. It is a bit less expensive, and is not quite as sharp in laboratory tests (I don’t shoot in laboratories) which meant I could afford a better new lens.
To try it out, I headed north. The first places I visited were the Locks of the Erie and Champlain Canals which I have shot before. After that…tune in later for more details.
Stunned. Completely stunned. A bit afraid. I spent three years photographing the Hudson, pushing my camera way beyond its limits and developed what I believe is a recognizable shooting style based on that. Long range, soft, a bit distorted. I love the look. I am sure it is in this camera but I haven’t found it yet.
Today I am doing something I have never done before. First there are probably more images in this post than any previous post and second I have done nothing to them. This is exactly how they came out of the camera.
The first sequence is from Erie Canal Lock 2. A boat going through the lock.
The second group of images is from my favorite lock, Lock #5 Champlain Canal.
Finally, my least favorite part of the day Lock #6 and below where GE is busy dredging and removing the PCBs that they pumped into the river.
On the other side of the lock a tug was moving things towards #5.