Day 143 (22 May 2012) Case Mountain

This afternoon after work I took a detour to Case “Mountain” in Manchester, CT.  I put mountain in quotes because it summits at a mere 744 feet (227 m).  It may not be tall, but since it’s located near the edge of town, it feels quite secluded.  There are many different trails winding through the park, many not on the map or even marked!  It was a nice break from just heading straight home 🙂  However, I didn’t ‘pack’ smart for this hike.  I hauled my tripod, my full camera bag (sling type), an umbrella, and light jacket for the 3+ miles.  I should have left the jacket and tripod at the car (which was near the waterfall), but I guess I was prepared for anything, lol.

As it was drizzly (light rain/mist) I didn’t take the camera out a lot, but I did take a few tripod mounted shots of the waterfall near the park entrance.

Case Reservoir Dam

18mm, 1.6 sec, f/22, ISO 100, 18-55m kit lens (Case Reservoir Dam)

Case Reservoir Waterfall

18mm, 1.6 sec, f/16, ISO 100, 18-55m kit lens, cropped (Case Reservoir Waterfall)

Trail Wall

60 mm, 1/30 sec, f/6.3, ISO 400, 60mm macro lens (Trail Wall)

Hartford from Case Mt

18mm, 1/100 sec, f/11, ISO 100, 18-55m kit lens (Hartford from Case Mt)

Day 134 (13 May 2012) Devil’s Hopyard

Today the weather was perfect, so a friend and I decided to go for a short hike at Devil’s Hopyard St. Park in East Haddam, CT.

I didn’t shoot many photos, as it wasn’t really a photo walk, but here are a couple. I haven’t quite figured out a good way to shoot forest scenes; I will have to so some research on that, as I hope to spend a lot of time hiking this summer/fall.

Tree Hollow

18 mm, 1/60 sec, f/11, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (Tree Hollow)

Fern Meadow

18 mm, 1/30 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200, 18-55mm kit lens (Fern Meadow)

Day 122 (1 May 2012) Blackledge Falls II

Back a short time ago (11 April), I went to Blackledge Falls to try shooting it in the dark, but it was way too dark.  So today I tried again, but this time I had success!  It was about 7:30, so it was getting darker, but I could see perfect, and only needed 5-13 second exposures 🙂

Blackledge Falls

18 mm, 10 sec, f/11, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (Blackledge Falls)

Two Falls

18 mm, 13 sec, f/11, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (Two Falls)

Trail in the Woods

27 mm, 4 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (Trail in the Woods)

Day 84 (24 March 2012) Memories

This weekend I’m visiting my gf before she leaves for Spain for a long-term missionary trip; we took a walk back behind her parents house so she could show me the woods she and her sister played in as kids.  She showed me the tree below where here sister and friend had carved their initials when they were little.  All these years later, you can still read them.


60 mm, 1/60 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200, 60mm macro lens (Memories)

Day 48 (17 Feb 2012) A Walk In My Front Yard

Today I was able to work from home, so during my lunch break I took a walk through the woods in my “front yard”.  To change things up a bit, I put on my telephoto lens (50-200mm) to get some practice using it, and to force me to see things from another perspective.  I wanted to shoot closer to the 200mm end, as my kit lens allows me to shoot up to 55mm.  Things looked a lot different and I had to adjust my shooting quite a bit.

Many of the images did not come out well, even though it is a stabilized lens, shooting hand-held at max zoom magnifies every little bit of movement.  Also, the lens isn’t very sharp at that extreme.  But the main point of the exercise being to cause me to adjust myself more than create art, I’m not (too) disappointed.  I put a few more up on Flickr, but here are a few of my favorites from today:

Looking Up

200 mm, 1/50 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100, Sigma 50-200mm (Looking Up)

Through The Woods

200 mm, 1/80 sec, f/11, ISO 100, Sigma 50-200mm (Through The Woods)

Mossy Rock

200 mm, 1/50 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100, Sigma 50-200mm (Mossy Rock)

Day 35 (4 Feb 2012) The Back Woods

Today my girlfriend and I decided to take a quick walk in the woods behind my yard.  I wanted to show her an old beaver pond since we had talked about some photos I had taken last summer out there.  There wasn’t much life out there today, but we did come back with some good photos.  I can’t wait for the spring to go back out and shoot it in its full color.

Pond and Sky

20 mm, 1/80 sec, f/13, ISO 100, EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens (Pond and Sky)


49mm, 1/50 sec, f/5/6, ISO 100, EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens (Red)

Day 34 (3 Feb 2012) I Was Lost, But Now I’m Found

Today I decided to walk around my yard and see what looked interesting.  It’s funny how different I look at things now that I’ve really taken up photography; the leaf in the puddle, the rusty backhoe in my front yard, that bug on the flower, etc, etc.  I have over 3 acres, most of it woods/wetlands, and I hardly ever go walk through it, but today I decided to take a stroll and enjoy it 🙂

In the first photo is a baseball I found as you see it.  It must be from the previous owners or left by my dog.  The next couple of photos are of an old backhoe that’s been sitting in my front yard (technically in my neighbor’s yard, the way the property line is drawn) since before I moved.  I’ve taken photos of it at different times, and see something new each time.

Lost but Found

50 mm, 1/30 sec, f/8.0, ISO 800, EF-S 18-55 IS kit lens (Lost, but Fond)

Sign of the Backhoe

39 mm, 1/15 sec, f/5.0, ISO 800, EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens (Backhoe)

Hydraulic Manifold

30 mm 1/8 sec, f/5.6, ISO 800, EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens (Hydraulics)