In March 2007 I was on track into the mountains already. Last year I created an album "Waiting for Spring" because the mild and nice weather offered some photo opportunities - but this year's weather is so cruel and cold even now that march is almost ending that there's simply not enough photos for another album. Global warming? Not in Southern Germany!
In the meantime I'm practicing handling the sheer weight of my "basic" equipment that I intend to take with me on my hiking tours - the new backpack is quite nice, I like it! Working a lot more with the tripod, too. The 70-300VR is a really nice lens when shot from the tripod. The wonderful sharpness can even be seen in this web-sized photo I think:
The "basic" equipment consists of the S5pro body (of course, d'oh!), the 12-24mm wideangle zoom, the 70-300mm telezoom, the 28mm/2.8 and the 50mm/1.8D plus the polarizer & ND filter with step up rings, ND-grad filter with filter holder, retro adapter, cable release, tripod, extra battery, memory cards. I never wrote it down before, and looking at that list I realize: "Holy crap! I really can't leave anything away!"
Old leaf (with reversed 50mm/1.8D) - the upper right corner was bent down and is already outside the focal depth field... *ouch*
As you can see I practiced some more with the retro adapter - when I place the subject directly below the tripod and point the camera straight down I can use the geared center column of my tripod as a built-in macro focussing rail (moving the camera up & down). Not really professional, but I can focus quite precisely that way - if I CAN get the camera close enough, that is. :-)
Soundtrack for the moment - haha, those were the days! Gaaaawd, I was 15 years old then.