Canon PowerShot S90

Mountain Laurel on Guilder Pond

Mountain Laurel on Guilder Pond

Mt. Everett, Massachusetts. I took my wife Anne on a walk around Guilder Pond on the shoulder of Mt. Everett before the mountain laurel went by. I took my Canon 5D and a few lenses because the walk was short. Glad I did, the flowers were in perfect bloom and the light was great.

The tension between ease of use, low weight, and speed on a hike and wanting to get better images is meaningful. I usually hike with a Canon S90 and it suits me.

I don’t like to take much time to shoot when on a serious hike and when on a serious shoot I like to take all the time I want to get a single image. So, maybe best to keep the two kinds of tools separate. I’m not looking for a single camera that will do it all, but I’d consider something like the Fuji X100 if I thought it wouldn’t get in the way of fast hiking.

It remains an interesting conundrum and one that I’m enjoying considering as I continue to hike with my S90 and occasionally bring the 5D on short photo walks when no one will mind me taking my time in shooting.

Golden ragwort

Golden ragwort, S90

Taken with a Canon Powershot S90 camera

On the Appalachian Trail near Sheffield, Massachusetts. I’ve been taking pictures like these with my iPhone and Instagram because it’s fun and easy to upload them to both twitter and flickr this way but in doing so I miss the quality of a “real” camera. Of course, calling the S90 a real camera compared with a Canon 5D and decent lens is almost laughable except in a relative sense (relative to an iPhone’s camera).

Interesting how ease of posting can influence tool used.

Golden rag wort

Taken with an iPhone and Instagram

Rand’s View on the Appalachian Trail

Rand's View

Salisbury, Connecticut. In guidebooks this is the best view in Connecticut. Not sure I agree but it’s a nice view north to Bear, Race, and Everett (mountains). Nice hike with a large group. Spring is here and there are only small patches of snow in shady spots. Yes!

This is the same image that I took with an iPhone. A “real” camera does a bit better.

More ice-coated mountain laurel

Dripping with ice

Bear Mountain, Connecticut. Hiking around the back side of Bear Mountain we encountered more mountain laurels coated with ice. The hike was both wonderful and terrible: under two feet of snow was running water from rain and melt off and every now and than we’d break through the crust and get soaked in the “stream” under the trail. The pleasures (tortures) of spring hiking…

Coated with ice

Coated with ice

Buds in ice

Bear Mountain, Connecticut. We hiked up Under-mountain trail onto the Appalachian Trail and up onto Bear Mountain the other day and the last 500 feet of elevation gain saw everything coated with ice. It was a beautiful scene and we stood around photographing so long our hands got cold and we had to get moving again. We could have spent hours here with tripods and DSLRs and macro lenses but alas, it was about 20 F with wind, not a great environment for relaxed photography.

Mountain Laurel branch in ice

Oak branch and acorn in ice

Mountain Laurel branch and buds in ice

Pine needles in ice