Day Hiking Advice or inspiration

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KariP
KariP Veteran Member • Posts: 5,285
Re: Day Hiking - some inspiration

kierenlon wrote:

I was going to ask this in the Landscape forum and might have to if this thread fails but I thought fuji specific might be more useful.

I've never really been into landscape photography - mostly doing event and sports with my NIkon. I've just switched to a :

  • Fuji X-T30 - not weather sealed(+2 batteries)
  • 15-45mm kit lens
  • 35mm F1.4
  • 100mm F2.8 adapted Nikon Series E(which is pretty small and light).
  • Gorillapod tripod
  • Godox Flash & trigger

I have also recently enjoyed scenic walks and want to do more of them - starting easy. These are typically day hikes on well worn paths. Often in the range of 5 - 10 miles

My limited experience extends to:

UK - Box Hill
https://www.komoot.com/tour/31679609
(not my tour or pics)

Cyprus
https://www.komoot.com/tour/7383201

and I plan to do more, so any tips welcome and I mean any. I have decent foot wear but am yet to buy suitable outdoor clothes for changeable weather. I think I may need a freezer bag and hairband for the rain?

Next on the plan are some of the trails in Hong Kong in December
eg: https://thehoneycombers.com/hong-kong/hiking-in-hong-kong-nature-scenery-fitness/

and in about 4 months, the Scottish Munros (which is where kit will be more important
https://www.visitscotland.com/see-do/active/walking/munro-bagging/

I will be hiking with non-photographers so can stop for some views or rests but it is not fair to make a habit of it. So for that reason, I expect I need to be able to get a shot quickly and also wont be able to get up super early to make sure the sun is in the optimum place.

Do you have any tips for shot planning ahead of the hike?
Tips or youtube / books / inspiration for landscape in general

Tips for the selfie / landscape? If I have hiked up to an amazing view, I would quite like to get a shot of me and group in frame.

Tips on carrying gear - I don't plan to carry much photography gear but as weight / bulk will also come from water, a snack / lunch / clothing layers, like a down jacket

Apps - I use Komoot which is good for route planing but not great for discovering trails.

What do you carry? What camera settings / focal lengths do you use? Can you post pics or links in here? Self portrait / group portraits with landscapes?

I am still recovering from spending on the new kit but could possibly buy a compact travel tripod.

I have two very different areas where I try to do some landscape photography.

My "own" area is in Finland - the Archipelago National Park and some other islands near Hanko - but I'm quite sure you will never visit this area... difficult to hike without a boat

One area that is always great is Switzerland. Difficult to avoid fantastic landscapes. Because tourism has been important for some 150 years and the locals just love hiking, climbing and skiing ,  the country is full of hiking paths, trains, busses and all kinds of elevators you can use.  Very easy make long hikes - and usually there is a restaurant where you can eat and enjoy the view.

Just some water , extra clothes and camera gear in small backpack.

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Kari
I started SLR film photography in 1968, first DSLR was Canon 40D in 2007. Now Fujifilm X-E3 and X-H1 for nature, walking around ,traveling/landscapes - fantastic 5DMkIV for landscapes, macro , BIF ... .

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