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Hiking photography with the Canon G15

June 30, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

As you all know by now I was in Oregon recently and had the opportunity to do some hiking at Silver Falls State Park. My son and I had a great afternoon hiking and photographing two out of the ten falls on the trail. I decided to carry just my G15 even though I knew we would be shooting moving water. I figured that I could somehow be able to handhold the camera at 1/4 sec., silly me. I was wearing a small photo backpack and I could have easily popped in a table tripod. I decided against it. We also forgot the electronic release which would have helped a ton. My son was carrying his Canon SL1 with the kit lens which is very small and light. He also had his cheap light tripod with him which made shooting the falls much easier at 1/4 sec. The trail we walked was great it had many photo opportunities along the way and aside from the falls the shooting was easy and the G15 made life even easier. No lugging gear around for me, which I was really happy about. The G15 has so many controls to do what YOU want to do creatively. Having a small point and shoot that has full manual along with all the automatic settings. The best of both worlds. I refer to the Canon G15 as the view camera in my pocket.

 

Canon G15

Some of the scenery along the trail was spectacular. This giant tree was covered with moss and with the trail going right past was perfect for an image.

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This dead fern looks almost prehistoric and the worn path on the right side and the left side un worn made for an interesting shot.

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Moving water is always a challenge. This shot was made at 1/4 of a sec with the built in N/D filter on, which gave me the latitude I needed. The trees, rocks, moss etc. were unmatched. The light was very choppy with it being mid day but there was not much I could do about that. 

Canon G15

When behind the falls you need to show the water as well as the scene. In this situation I stopped the water at 1/2000 sec. If I had shot it at 1/30 or slower it would have been a mist. So I stopped it to show it was water.

Canon G15

The G15 has a great macro mode. The tiny sensor gives you some really great opportunities in regards to options in the wild.

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The Canon G15 is my view camera in my pocket. The depth of field with various subjects with such a small sensor is remarkable. The color with this shot was just ok so I converted it and the tones were very nice.


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