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Winter Hiking - Tasmania

Discussion in 'Nature' started by nickthetasmaniac, Aug 24, 2015.

  1. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac SC Veteran

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    Jan 20, 2014
    Launceston & Sydney
    Nick Clark
    I recently had the privilege of guiding one of our 'winter walks' on Tasmania's Overland Track. As a company we have only run a few of these, and this one was particularly special as it came a couple of weeks after the heaviest snow that Tassie has seen since the early 90's. A pretty amazing 7 days!

    All shot with the GR.

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  2. Lovely series.

    Wait a minute, it is summer time, not winter time. ;)
     
  3. Ripleysbaby

    Ripleysbaby supernatural anesthetist

    Sep 9, 2011
    Cumbria UK
    Garry
    Lovely . I'm assuming the GR performed well in those conditions ?
     
  4. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I'm tired and sweaty just looking at the photos
     
  5. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac SC Veteran

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    Jan 20, 2014
    Launceston & Sydney
    Nick Clark
    Yep, for the most part I kept it either in a small pouch on my harness, or in a (mostly) waterproof pocket on my jacket if it was wet. I sat it in front of the heater each evening to thaw it out but it never stopped working... A few of the guests were carrying fairly high-end ILC's (Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus) but given the weather we had they stayed in packs for a lot of the time we were walking. Having the GR accessible all the time was really handy (I was also carrying my Leica M2 and 35mm Color Skopar and I barely shot with it for this reason...) and is the reason you see some of the snowier photos I've posted above.

    Interestingly, the shutter in my co-guide's EM1 jammed half-way across the sensor for a couple of hours when we were walking out in about -5C (I believe EM1's are rated to -10C?). It was fine once it warmed up, but unexpected nonetheless...

    Image quality was outstanding as usual for the GR :)
     
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  6. Tilman Paulin

    Tilman Paulin SC Top Veteran

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    Nov 15, 2011
    Dublin, Ireland
    looks wonderful... and cold! :)
    Great series of images!
     
  7. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    Very, very nice. The ones with active snowfall are my favorites.

    I did something similar in Peru, hiking to Macchu Pichu with the original X100 in a tiny black bag, which I had on my hiking pack's compression strap on my chest. It was Right There... so easy to grab-shoot-stash, when everyone else brought DSLRs.
     
  8. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac SC Veteran

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    Jan 20, 2014
    Launceston & Sydney
    Nick Clark
    Definitely makes a difference!
     
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  9. kyteflyer

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    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Awesome, Nick! Beautiful photography and impressive performance from the GR :)
     
  10. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 SC Top Veteran

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    Andrew
    That weather will be here in a few short months!
     
  11. Livnius

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    Joe
    ...and then some !
     
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  12. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    Those are some of the nicest snow shots I've seen in a while.
     
  13. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac SC Veteran

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    Launceston & Sydney
    Nick Clark
    Thanks Steve!
     
  14. Ripleysbaby

    Ripleysbaby supernatural anesthetist

    Sep 9, 2011
    Cumbria UK
    Garry
    A second look through these pictures reinforces my commitment to stay with small pocketable cameras.
    GAS for anything else seems to have worn off.
    You have some great images as a reminder of your trip.
    I am looking forward to using my Ricoh's this winter, knowing I won't be weighed down by gear I don't really need.
    Great pictures.
     
  15. stratokaster

    stratokaster SC Top Veteran

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    Kiev, Ukraine
    Pavel
    Wow, those photos are excellent! I'm sure those winter trips are fun. I can't wait for winter to come here to try winter hiking in the Eastern Carpathians.