I love the therapeutic aspect of a good walk in the woods. Yesterday, I had another fun day in the woods hiking and shooting. I followed a canoe route through Lebanon Hills and hit 4 small frozen lakes. I love these walks because I just use the camera as a therapy tool and I never leave with a mission in mind. Sometimes I come back with some keepers. Sometimes I don't. But...I always come back inspired and refreshed.

Yesterday I was also trying a lens I will write about another time. I tried out the new Panasonic 12 f1.4 lens for my trip. I am trying to decide if it will replace the 7-14 Olympus in my Iceland kit to give me a lighter, and brighter lens, albeit not nearly as wide.  We have a blue ice cave tour scheduled in Iceland where I want a nice wide lens with the brightest lens I can get to keep my ISO's low, hence why I am trying this specific lens. Again, I will write about that another time, but overall pretty impressed by the first shoot.

After the walk and shoot, I processed RAW images in camera and I was playing around I ended up processing all of these with the new Grainy II filter and thought I would share these and give you a pretty good idea of how this filter performs for shooting landscapes. It has some grain and high contrast, but honestly when I shot film 20+ years ago, both grain and contrast were part of my early stages of photography and have stuck with me. I like it.  It's not for everyone, but I do get nostalgic and on occasion go see the world this way. 

Note: All images shot with the new Olympus OMD EM1 Mark ii with Panasonic 12 f1.4. Shot RAW, converted in camera and transferred to phone with only minor tweaking/cropping on phone.

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 And for my last photo of the day I will also share my favorite photo of the day.  Sometimes nature just delivers with perfection, simplicity and beauty. Nature wins. 

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Lastly I did not go out to make a bunch of pictures with sun stars! as you can see the Panasonic 12 f1.4 makes some great ones. I was testing the camera as many reviewers have noted that it flairs quite easily (and it does) . I need to see if this lens will work or not for sunrises and sunsets. I have some concerns based on initial findings but it's too early to tell.  More to come on the 12 f1.4!! 

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