Roaming through Oregon with the A7 and vintage prime lenses

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by Jefenator, Jun 15, 2014.

  1. Jefenator

    Jefenator TalkEmount Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Nov 23, 2012
    Oregon, USA
    I've had my A7 for 6 months now - finally got a chance to really put it through its paces on the road!

    Mini Guppy
    by Jeff Addicott, on Flickr

    My most-used lens was an old Leitz Summicron-R 50mm. It's from the 1960s - not the most modern renderings. But I really like the overall character.

    Tillamook Air Museum
    by Jeff Addicott, on Flickr

    The Leitz Summicron-R 35mm also got some action. It had some flare and ghosting issues in the above scene (rather extreme contrast). Also a slight color tint that needs a bit of attention sometimes in post. On the other hand, it is awesomely sharp.

    West Battery, Fort Stevens
    by Jeff Addicott, on Flickr

    I'm still getting used to full-frame, outdoors. When you want that depth of field, even with a fairly distant foreground, you really need to stop down. (But the diffraction takes much less of a toll.)

    I haven't done the Colombia River Gorge in decades. Time to fix that!

    Vista House on Colombia River Gorge
    by Jeff Addicott, on Flickr

    I tried a bunch of things for the must-see Multnomah Falls, including several vertical stitched panoramas. This simple grab with the 35mm won out:

    Multnomah Falls
    by Jeff Addicott, on Flickr

    The Hood River region and Mount Hood had obvious charm. Trillium Lake yielded my favorite vista.

    Mt Hood from Trillium Lake
    by Jeff Addicott, on Flickr

    I really enjoy the A7 for landscape shooting. It's also nice to be back with all manual lenses, just like I used to do back in the day. The A7 feels familiar enough now, I rarely thought about the controls at all - I just went for it. I never had a single problem with focus, blur or exposure on the trip. (Of course, this is a pretty contemplative shooting style...)

    Camp Fire
    by Jeff Addicott, on Flickr

    Hosmer Lake
    by Jeff Addicott, on Flickr

    Like I said, the 50mm got the majority of the action, like in the above shot of one of my vary favorite spots near Bend, Hosmer Lake. I usually favor the 50mm for stitched panoramas, but when in doubt I'll do a sweep with a couple of different lenses and on this occasion, the 35mm caught the scene better:

    Hosmer Lake Panorama
    by Jeff Addicott, on Flickr

    Telephoto is also becoming more important to me. Here is a stitch from a series of handheld shots with the Micro-Nikkor 105mm.

    Cascade Lakes Mountains
    by Jeff Addicott, on Flickr

    These don't really give the proper impact on a computer screen. This stitch is 23053 x 3361 pixels or about 77.5MP - would make a nice corridor mural!

    Smoky Sunset over East Lake
    by Jeff Addicott, on Flickr

    I didn't get an iconic wedding photo like that other gentleman did. But this is the same fire in the background!

    Another 105mm shot. Like I said, telephoto is becoming more important for me. For any kind of depth with a long lens on full-frame, you really have to stop way down - this was f/22. The tripod came in real handy. (Wasn't set up very well - poorly balanced and fully extended in portrait orientation - but the electronic front curtain helped avoid any blurring.)

    Newberry Crater Trail
    by Jeff Addicott, on Flickr

    I actually left a 24mm prime at home by accident!! (First time I've ever done anything like that - I must really be starting to lose it...) That's okay - I didn't find myself missing it at all and 4 lenses seemed like just the right amount for photo-hiking. I did at least remember to bring the [Tokina RMC] 17mm and it saw a bit of use.

    Lava Tube Entrance
    by Jeff Addicott, on Flickr

    That's about it - if you're still with me, thanks for looking! (There's a few more shots on the Flickr album if anyone is interested.)
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  2. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Nice series of photos! Thanks for sharing ;) 
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  3. cbaus2

    cbaus2 TalkEmount Rookie

    May 15, 2014
    Portland, OR
    Beautiful! I love Oregon =)
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  4. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Beautiful, well done.

    That part of the country has some beautiful sights.
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  5. TonyTurley

    TonyTurley TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Apr 24, 2013
    West Virginia, USA
    Great pics!

  6. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    Woof! You pretty much covered the state there, Jeff. And I don't think I've ever seen a photo of Multnomah Falls in sunshine. ;) 

    The Vista House shot is classic, and the shot of Hosmer Lake idyllic. And the panos rock! I visited that massive hangar out in Tillamook last spring, and the word then was that the museum was going to be shutting down soon. Have they gotten a reprieve?
  7. John D.

    John D. TalkEmount Regular

    Oct 7, 2013
    Stunning set! Thanks for the share..!

    - John
  8. chrid

    chrid Super Noob

    May 5, 2014
    really nice!
  9. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    NIce job Jeff. It's been too long since I was in the gorge and need to go back soon. :) 
  10. Jefenator

    Jefenator TalkEmount Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Nov 23, 2012
    Oregon, USA
    Funny, there was like a solid wall of overcast and fog extending from the coast beyond Portland - Multnomah falls was right on the edge, teetering back and fourth. A few miles farther east and it's blue sky for days.

    I'm not sure what's up with the air museum - no rumblings of imminent closure this time. Next time I'm in the area, I should definitely hit the other air museum in McMinville - they have the Spruce Goose and a bunch of other cool stuff.
  11. davegore2005

    davegore2005 TalkEmount Regular

    Jan 31, 2013
    great photos, love the sunset and the forest shot...nice depth to them

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