Branches like neurons

Last weekend, I wandered the Effie Yeaw Nature Center for a few hours, hiking a little over 2.5 miles, testing out my newly acquired XF 16-80mm f/4 lens.

First, it felt great to get out into nature after a long, busy week. It was my first full week back at work and school and, well, let’s just say that it took a lot out of me.

I purchased the lens specifically for hiking as I wanted something versatile yet light and compact. It’s still early (this was its first outing, after all) but I do think this lens is a definite keeper. I attached it to the X-T1, on which it fits and balances perfectly, and barely felt it hanging from my neck for the duration of the hike.

In hindsight, I rushed through a lot of the photos. Partly because I was just excited about trying out the different focal lengths of the lens, partly because I didn’t really setup the X-T1 the way I should have, and partly because I was just excited to be out and about.

Slowing down, practicing patience, and paying more attention to detail. Those are just some of my photography goals for 2020. I didn’t work on them during this outing, though.

As a side note: every time I use the X-T1 I am reminded how much I really enjoy using it. I like the “older” colors and overall image quality that comes from it. You can see some imperfection in the color photo, along the right edge. Of course I could have edited it out but, I kind of like it. I like the imperfections.

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