Raskolnikov’s take on the Boreas Ponds

I’m still feeling the tightness in my hamstrings, and maybe it’s because I’m completely out of shape.  That happens.  I wasn’t built for speed.

And when I traveled to the Boreas Ponds Tract last Monday, I over-estimated how much hiking was necessary to get from the parking lot to the destination – and from the destination, back to the car.

With that in mind, however, I did get some amazing photos of the Boreas Ponds and of the Adirondack High Peaks in the distance.

I used two digital cameras – my Nikon Df and my BlackBerry PRIV cameraphone – and those photos turned out really well.

Today, I scanned and cleaned up the film exposures from my third shooter – my Krasnogorsk ФT-2 super-ultrawide camera, the shooter with the nickname “Raskolnikov.”

And of all the shots I took of the Boreas Ponds and the LaBier Flow and other Adirondacks-based fall foliage photos…

This photo of the Boreas Ponds caught me.

Boreas Ponds 3.  Krasnogorsk ФT-2 camera, Kodak Ektar 100 film.  Photo by Chuck Miller.
Boreas Ponds 3. Krasnogorsk ФT-2 camera, Kodak Ektar 100 film. Photo by Chuck Miller.

Smooth.

So I have three different exposures of the Boreas Ponds, one from each camera.  And we know that after Competition Season 2016 wasn’t my best, I feel like I have something going strong for next year.

The Boreas Ponds.  Nikon Df camera, Vivitar 19mm f/3.8 lens.  Photo by Chuck Miller.
The Boreas Ponds. Nikon Df camera, Vivitar 19mm f/3.8 lens. Photo by Chuck Miller.

I have this photo that I can enter in standard-sized contests, where I’m limited to one exposure and a specific image size.

Boreas Ponds 2.  BlackBerry PRIV camera phone.  Photo by Chuck Miller.
Boreas Ponds 2. BlackBerry PRIV camera phone. Photo by Chuck Miller.

And with my BlackBerry, I can enter this ultrawide in any panorama competitions.  That’s a nice “stitch job.”  And Raskolnikov put together a helluva photo as well.  Three good images … three different available possibilities.

And even if I go back to the Boreas Ponds – albeit with lots of training, so that I don’t end up in traction after a four-hour hike – even if I get better pictures than these …

These are pretty damn good pictures in and of themselves.  Confidence builders, they are.

And “confidence builders” are nice things to have.

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