I am lucky enough that my in-laws live near Ocean City, Maryland…but not IN Ocean City, Maryland. I have nothing against the city, it is nice, but traffic in and out during beach season almost always is bad and frankly, I like nature more than I like cities (with a few rare European and North West potential exceptions). This year for the 4th of July the entire extended family piled in to their place near the beach for a big family reunion the likes of which hasn’t happened since my wedding nearly 6 years ago.
Sigma 30mm, f/5.6, 1/160s, ISO200
My wife, kids and I piled in to our car and headed off Friday afternoon managing to miss the traffic. People started showing up later that evening and through the week. There were a whole host of activities from boating to sailing, card playing, movie watching, beach going, pool going, my wife’s first ever 5k race, getting eaten alive by bugs (at last count on Sunday when we left I had 14 bug bites on my right foot, 8 on my left, an even dozen between both shins and at least another half a dozen on my arms and back) and generally having a lot of fun.
Sigma 30mm, f/4, 1/320s, ISO200
For the reunion/vacation I brought the E-M5 along, plus hoods and polarizers, 14, 17, 30 and 45mm lenses and I borrowed my wife’s E-PL1, 14-42 and 40-150 a few times as well. The trip wasn’t solely dedicated to people pictures, there was a reasonable amount of nature to photograph as well…but well, it was by no means the focus of the trip.
Olympus 40-150mm @ 40mm, f/7.1, 1/800s, ISO200
My most heavily used lenses ended up being the Olympus 17mm and 45mm lenses. As I mentioned in my previous post something I think I have decided on is that I really need a 25mm. The Sigma 30mm is pretty decent and sometimes the focal length is really useful, but I just see the 25mm field of view more naturally still and frankly I’d like something a little faster sometimes. So either the PL25/1.4 or if Olympus does release it this fall/winter an Olympus 25mm f/1.8 (still just a rumor).
Olympus 40-150mm @ 150mm, f/6.3, 1/800s, ISO200
Also even though it wasn’t really related to the trip, I really need to get out in nature sometime soon. The reunion/vacation was nice, if a little chaotic with 14 adults and 6 children there (5 children under 5). However, I haven’t been backpacking since last August, nearly a year ago. I’ve kind of drifted apart from my best friend who I used to go backpacking with once or twice a year over something I really don’t want to discuss and my other good friend is just way to darned busy as a school teacher and state delegate to find the free time to go backpacking anymore.
Olympus 40-150mm @ 150mm, f/6.3, 1/1250s, ISO200
So, at any rate, hopefully this fall I can find a weekend to go backpacking. Either I can finally pry away my friend for a weekend after the November elections and before it gets too cold, or else I might try rekindling my Maryland Outdoor Club membership which has been rather dormant the last 5 years, or I might just finally go on a solo backpacking trip. Any road, I am excited to try out my E-M5 and a couple of lenses (probably 14 and 45mm) backpacking as well as a little bit of nature escapism.
Olympus 40-150mm @ 150mm, f/6.3, 1/1000s, ISO200
A final note, my “tech life” has been changing pretty dramatically the last few months. First mention was switching to digital photography away from film. Next up, my home file server pretty much went kaput, which necessitated a new motherboard and processor to be dropped in to it and finally I am now getting around to upgrading my old desktop machine (3 years old and it was not exactly cutting edge when I did put it together). I also got Lightroom finally as well as PSE10 just a month back and have been figuring both programs out and loving them, especially LR4.1.
Sometime later this week I’ll discuss the computer changes around my place, how I deal with back-ups, mostly photography related, future plans and my latest build for anyone interested in a little DIY computer assembly (it can be a lot cheaper and you can get exactly what you want in a machine putting it together yourself instead of buying a pre-fab). Of course there will be plenty more pictures from the trip and a few other thoughts, such as on the Panasonic 20mm and E-M5.