Forest Road Hike

Hike Distance: 7.4 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1016.5 miles

Elevation Gain: 942 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 149743 feet

This is a favorite area of ours with plenty of roads to explore.  Most of the area has a very nice canopy but there are some clear cut areas.  It was a rather humid area and we sweated profusely.

What made today different is that I chose to bring my Olympus Mirrorless camera, rather than use only my smartphone.  My smartphone is very nice but the colors are very saturated, and too vibrant for me, in general.  However, I don’t like carrying extra weight if I don’t have to.  Well, today I chose to carry the heavier camera in order to try and capture pictures with better photographic qualities, such as true colors, sharpness and with a keener eye for composition.

I pretty much looked at all my surroundings as potential for some good photographic content.  There were plenty of flowers, beautiful canopied roads and I was fortunate that my wife pointed out a deer (right in front of us).  The outcome of this photo session is that I’m much more pleased with my Olympus camera than my smartphone, and in fact, it’s not even a close call.  There’s something about holding a capable camera in your hands that makes you feel like a photographer, whereas the phone is just point and shoot, with many less features.  That said, the smartphone has a special place in my hiking toolkit since it’s smaller, lighter and water proof, which are formidable attributes.