24 – vacation

Our annual vacation this year took us back to El Capitan Canyon for almost a week of glamping – I say “back to” since we went to El Capitan Canyon three years ago, as documented in this blog post. Anyway, we decided to stay a little longer and get a different cabin – instead of a cabin with a single queen bed and a loft, we got dual bunk beds and a loft – making our sleeping arrangement much easier to deal with.

Anyway, some pictures from the week:

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We had wanted to explore the creek again (as we did in 2011), but with the drought in California being as bad as it is, the creek was just a dry patch of rocks. It was sad.

All pictures above were taken with my Olympus E-3 and either the ZD 40-150/3.5-4.5, ZD 14-54/2.8-3.5, or the ZD 50/2.0 macro. I also brought along the Sony NEX 3N, but it never left the cabin since the bright conditions and polarized sunglasses would have rendered the LCD display useless for composition.

After four days in the rough wilderness that is Santa Barbara (this is a joke, of course), we headed back home and we went back to cruising around the parks and schools in the neighborhood.

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The pictures from the park and school were taken with the Olympus E-3 and ZD 50/2.0 combination – this combo is soon becoming my favorite since it allows for macro shots as well as a nice ‘close’ FOV, which is perfect for isolated subject framing. I think the E-3 and the ZD 50/2.0 is just about perfect for me, though an E-5 (the same as what’s being sold here) would be the only way to make it better. I realize that an optical viewfinder is the only way to go, especially since I’m out and about wearing sunglasses – and polarized sunglasses don’t work well with EVF’s or LCD’s. Unfortunately, this severely restricts my photographic upgrade path, but at this point, I think if anything needs an upgrade, it’s the photographer and not the equipment.

Anyway, the carefree summer will soon be over and it’s back to school next week (as well as back to work for me). We’re all looking forward to school starting…

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