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Silver Falls Summer Solstice 2012 — Album Description
Photos in Album: 37 Album Created: 9 Aug 2012 Last Updated: 10 Aug 2012
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As I wrote previously in Silver Falls Summer Solstice, my outing there in June 2012 was the first one since I had purchased my first SLR in 25 years in March 2011.

So it's incredibly amazing and ironic that my first photo outing to Silver Falls with my Sony DSLR was also my LAST! Little did I know when I hit the trail just after 6:30 AM, but that day's hike would induce a Great Camera Quandary which would rapidly lead to the purchase of a new camera and lens kit, and the attempted sale of most of my Sony camera equipment. All of these sudden and radical changes culminated in my GIVING multi-thousands-of-dollars worth of Sony photo gear to a young, aspiring photography student, exactly six weeks to the day after this Silver Falls hike!

As I said before, none of this was apparent to me as I began my hike at one of my favorite places — which I have photographed many times before (with other cameras). My physical goal for the day was to complete the nine-mile hike around the Trail of Ten Falls, with a 40-pound backpack — which included 25 pounds of camera equipment! My photographic goal was to try to capture images which were different from the previous pictures I had taken there.

The more I dragged around that excessively-laden and burdensome backpack full of loathsomely-heavy lenses, the more fed up I became, and the less photos I took. Indeed, after my picnic lunch, I took only ONE picture — which did not even turn out good enough to put in this resulting photo album. By then, I knew with a shadow of doubt that I would NEVER hike with my Sony camera system again — it was simply WAY too heavy!

Even though I was losing heart, I still managed to take 236 photos, which I have narrowed down to the best 37. Now that I have emerged leaner and meaner from my Great Camera Quandary, I'm looking forward to hitting the trail again at Silver Falls with my new Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera system! The only question is whether it will be Silver Falls 2012 part 2, or Silver Falls 2013?
UPDATE: For some reason or another I didn’t make it back to Silver Falls for another four and a quarter years! For all the details, see the article Silver Falls Autumn Equinox and the accompanying photo album Silver Falls Autumn Equinox 2016.
For further details about the story behind the photos in this al­bum, see the related article, Sil­ver Falls Sum­mer Sol­stice.
The photos in this album were taken with the Sony Alpha α77 camera.
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