I finally broke the photo drought and went up to the Gorge for a hike with my old point and shoot. The goal was to make it up to the summit of Munra Point by sunset. I rode my moto out there on a gorgeous afternoon. One of the only benefits to having no DSLR these days is I can go very light! So I made good time on the extremely steep route. The point and shoot isn’t bad. It’s a Canon S95. Though the lens is not the quality I’m used to, it does a pretty good job for a P&S. The best thing is it shoots RAW, so high contrast shots like this, where the camera itself doesn’t do a great job with the intense light contrast, can be dealt with in Lightroom.
Munra Point has a great view of the Columbia River flowing west through the Gorge far below. This time of year there are spring flowers: glacier lilies & grass widows, among others. At one point you need to climb hand over hand for a short stretch, but there is a rope to aid you. It comes in very handy on the way down, when darkness is rapidly closing in. I forgot a light. My headlamp was still in my regular camera pack, which is no longer in use. So I needed to go down fast in order to make it through the forest part before it got totally dark. All in all a fine return to shooting. Though I can’t help feeling a bit frustrated using a camera with much less control than I’m used to, I can certainly deal with it for now, at least to scratch the itch. Thanks for reading!