I went back to Walden Pond to continue the work on my one year project to record the area as Thoreau might have seen it when he lived there in a one room cottage from 1844-45. This time I wanted to capture some of the early looks of spring to add to my Walden Pond Project.
My gadget bag included a Nikon D800 and assortment of lenses that would give me focal lengths from 18-280mm along with macro capability. Looks like a lot of stuff, but I actually find this to be a compact outfit. While carrying the camera with one lens, I was able to fit the rest of the equipment in the pockets of my photo vest.
|This is the assortment of gear I had with me. Two of the lenses are very recent additions to the Nikon lineup. Lenses included the new Nikon 18-35mm zoom, a 60mm Nikon macro, the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, the new Nikon 70-400 f/4 zoom, a 1.4x tele converter to extend the long zoom to 280mm f/5.6. Additional equipment included polarizing filters, cable release, and very portable Gitzo tripod that fits in my back pack. One other camera I had with me was the Sony RX1 because I am running tests on it for an upcoming blog review. As you can see from the photos below, I used everything I brought with me.|
|I arrived at the pond late in the day at sunset just as a thunderstorm was clearing the area, and I was able to capture this image with the 18-35mm zoom set to 18mm focal length.|
|For this early morning shot I wanted to separate the foreground leaves from the background so I put the 1.4x converter on the 70-200mm zoom and shot wide open at f/5.6 with a 270mm focal length..|
|This close-up of tree lichen was taken with the Nikon 70-200mm set to 170mm. One of the nice qualities of this long zoom is its ability to focus very close.|
|This photo was taken with the Sony RX1 in 16:9 format to give a panoramic crop. More about that in an upcoming blog review of this camera.|
|And finally, this photo was taken with the Nikon 24-70mm lens, and so accounts for all the equipment I had with me on the trip.|