There are several nice little hikes close to my (New Hampshire) house. I’m talking within 2 or 3 miles (under 5 km). There are some more mountainous hikes within 10 miles (15 km). I don’t take advantage of these trails as much as I used to or as much as I should. I’m going to try to change that…
One of them is a trail up Purgatory Brook (Milford and Mt. Vernon, NH) that hits three larger (not huge) waterfalls and a handful of smaller falls, including, in the wet weather, a stream that cascades down the steep valley into the brook. This is a very pretty hike. Last autumn I rediscovered it when my brother came to visit. I used photos of the hike in several posts, including this one. In early February I did another short hike (not seeing the upper two waterfalls) and posted about it here.
A little over a week ago I revisited it. One of the reasons I wanted to go was that I had just picked up a new camera and wanted to field test it.
There are several features that this camera has that I was very interested in trying out. Of course I always get weather sealed cameras, since I do so much kayaking. I also like things that are rough, because my cameras seem to hit more granite boulders than you might expect. This camera also has a very good in-body Image Stabilization system. This allows you to handhold the camera at times that you would normally want a tripod. It doesn’t replace a tripod, but I was surprised at how good I got handholding photos with very slow shutter speeds.
Another feature that I didn’t know it had is the ability to go down to ISO 56. Without getting technical, ISO determines how sensitive the image-sensor is. The bigger the number, the more sensitive and the less light is needed. This is great for long telephoto shots and shots in lower light. Most modern cameras have ISO 200 as their base and go up from there. So what if you want to slow down the shutter speed instead of make it faster? This camera goes to ISO 56. I did a few shots with small aperture (big F-number and so slower shutter) at both ISO 200 and ISO 56. The ISO 56 was much, much better for the braided streams of water type shots I was after. So I took a lot of them.
I also did many other shots, but the slow shutter speed shots were my favorite.
I took around 450 shots, spent some time editing 45 of them and then narrowed it down to my favorite 14.
I hope you enjoy the photos! As always, click on a photo to see it in more detail. You can then use the arrows to scroll through them.