Saturday, April 5, 2014
Hike 2014.015 -- Sturtevant Falls, Angeles National Forest
My main motivation here was to try out what were then some recently-arrived lenses, and to make up for the fact I had hiked here a few weeks previous, but forgot my camera. So most of my shots on this trip were with my 70-300 Tamron zoom. It's got image stabilization, and I have to say I am quite impressed with the result. Although I braced myself pretty well, the waterfall shots were in the 1/3rd to 1/4 of a second range.
Meanwhile, the wider view is taken with my 18-55mm Nikon zoom. That one also has image stabilization, and produced a very good result.
The only thing I don't like about the 18-55 is that it's a slow lens (f4 - f5.6, depending on the focal length you're zoomed to), so it needs a high ISO, which costs some sharpness. My 35mm and 50mm prime (fixed focal length) Nikons are definitely sharper, and the speed will come in handy when I next try to photograph the sky.
Of course, the nice thing about being able to take long exposures on waterfalls is you get that nice, soft, lacy look to the water.
Easily finished the hike, with time to spare. As I made my way back, unfortunately, I came to the disgusted realization that I forgot to hang my Adventure Pass on my rear view mirror.
I now regretted having stopped to take so many pictures, fearing my delays might end up costing me a ticket.
Now that I'm older, I don't mind paying for access to a trailhead. Well, OK, yes, if I still look for deals. And, for me, hiking as much as I do, the Adventure Pass is a deal. But I hate paying for something twice, or paying for something, then still getting a parking ticket. My empty windshield thus raised my spirits and made the day close enough to perfect that I felt invigorated going home.