Sunday, August 10, 2014

Blog Update - August 10, 2014 - Loving my new Camera!

The emails never end - how come you have not updated your blog lately?? Well, I have been friggin busy!

Since returning from the 12 days on the Northfork have been basically hanging out and doing some fishing and planning a couple more adventures for this summer - a few night fishing trips are in the winds over the next week or so then after payday a trip to a Lake West of here for a few days of camping and fishing for some Walleye! Should be fun - then in the beginning of September a few days exploring and taking pictures on the East Side of the Mountains and East Glacier.

This month YoMama put a hurtin on me - for some strange reason our fearless leader decided I made too much money last year and so they shorted my SS Check to the tune of $770.00...made for a tight month - especially since I had just bought my new camera body and was counting on that money....UGH - being poor is a bitch. So I had to get to work on a project I had been putting off since earlier this spring.

The website for the Lodge was due for a major update - one that would make it more friendly for Phones and Netbooks and smaller devices since so much of our traffic now comes from portables - so I spent the past two weeks learning code and rebuilding the website. It went live this past Thursday and so far it is getting rave reviews.

You can see it HERE!

So not having enough time to post was mainly due to me having eyestrain from working on the computer nonstop for the past 10 days or so.

Last night, I decided a drive with my new camera was in order - the afternoon light was wonderful and I was anticipating a nice sunset with the smoke from the fires in Idaho....

Here is what I got!

Surprised a deer in the field!

Been thinking about a shot with the amber waves of grain and purple mountains and last night it came together!

Version One!

Version Two - added America!

Then this morning decided to add the flag!!

This was a grab shot a farmer working late in the field!

When I turned back to the truck this was the farm and the shot was there - I really like this one!

The haze you see is actually chafe from the work going on in the field!!

Then the moon started to rise - so focused my new camera on that!

In Black and White!

Then I had to drive to my spot where I was anticipating the sunset, perfect timing!

A few variations!

Then the obligatory close up of some grain!

Now as so many of you have asked - why the new camera - well I have been wanting the top of the line professional Olympus Digital Single Lens Reflex camera since it came out a couple years ago - since that time Olympus has chosen to abandon the DSLR Market and went to a smaller format - so I was expecting the prices to drop on their top of the line which so far has NOT been discontinued....luckily a friend from the Olympus Camera Forum decided to switch to some off brand camera and decided she would sell her camera body. The camera is an Olympus E-5 it is their flagship - aluminum body - splash resistant and also has a better focusing engine than my previous camera - higher resolution sensor and a few other my old E-30 had a zillion miles on it and was beginning to have problems focusing and sometimes would not shut off and a few other minor annoyances!

Needless to say - Thank You Toni Ard for switching to brand X and selling me the E-5!!

Stay tuned for further adventures coming up - as soon as today and tonight - hope to shoot the moon tonight and maybe some star trails...we shall see!

Thanks everyone for following along!

Capt. Jim - "The Gypsy"

Traveling and photographing the Southwest and Alaska!