Letters from an Analogue Traveler…

Originally written on mollykatephoto.com:

http://www.mollykatephoto.com/Travel-Journal/Analogue-Letters/White-Mountains-Falling-Waters

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Dear Analogue World, 

Once upon a time (ok about 6 months ago), there was a period where I did not own a digital camera, except for perhaps my iPhone, but let’s get serious here, we all know the iPhone can never replace a real camera, film or digital. 🙂 Soooo, the only camera I had was an automatic Canon Rebel 35mm film camera. I was living in a super cheap apartment at the time, so I could afford the total of $21 or so dollars it cost to buy and develop one roll of film, and that’s the low end of the spectrum with cheap film! 

Now it seems, through some mysterious force (which knocked my tripod over and broke my only fuji lens, there was no wind!), karma? (but I was so good this year! Santa thought so….), I am once again left with only a film camera, my trusty Canon Rebel auto 35mm, until my Fuji is fixed, an expensive bill I am NOT looking forward to paying (bye bye new Fuji lens, sigh). A recent addition to the party is a family Pentax K1000, which was my mothers, entrusted to me to keep…I really have to find where I put that now :/ 

I can’t stop shooting because even without a working digital camera, I still feel the magnetic pull to get outside and shoot, and I dearly love film, just not the cost $$$. My 2nd CPA test is coming up in a couple of weeks and I’ve been going mad sitting inside all the time studying! I caved and spent money I should not have on several rolls of Ektar 100 (I’m really excited to shoot with this!!) and Acros BW which was recommended to me at the store, and being the sucker I am, I decided to try it. 🙂 

I was so excited, I wanted to share some summer shots that I took with Lomography 35mm color film up in the White Mountains. This was on the Falling Waters trail up Mt. Lafayette, which is PERFECT if you absolutely love waterfalls. There are waterfalls galore. Ever have trouble fighting off other photographers for the perfect spot underneath a glorious flow of water? Come to this trail! Waterfalls for everyone! This would be a great place to go on a photowalk! hmmm ideas popping into head…

AND if you keep trekking up the mountain, you will reach Mt. Lafayette and the ridge trail, which is spectacular as well. It is quite definitely my favorite place I have hiked. EVER. We went mid-day but I want, no need, to come back here for a sunset/sunrise shoot. The air is crisp and fresh, the trails are numerous and exciting, and the views are unparalleled in New Hampshire, possibly even the Northeast. Let’s face it Vermonters, New Hampshire will always be superior. hehe (just kidding!)

Well, I cannot wait to share my Ektar and Acros results with you real soon! 

Manually Yours, 

Molly Kate

Lower Cascades

Exploring Mt. Greylock

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Feeling the winter blues a little early after our Thanksgiving snowstorm? Here’s a very colorful memory of this fall in New England:

In the midst of the Berkshires, Mt. Greylock is an amazing spot to relax and take in the views of the mountains and colors of the fall! Home to (some say) the best waterfall in MA, there are great hiking trails on the mountain and a wonderful lodge that you can even stay overnight in or just grab snacks from. It’s called Bascom Lodge and it’s pretty cheap if you stay in the bunk bed rooms. I stayed for one night and had the most incredible home cooked meal I’ve had in awhile (other than my mothers!). Oh, and you can also drive up the mountain (like I did) instead of hiking. 😉

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The view of the town below!

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On the way up the mountain, there are a bunch of look-out kodak-y moment spots perfect for photo shoots.

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I had originally taken the 3 hour drive from Boston to get an epic Lunar eclipse shot. However, mother nature (once again!) foiled my plans and that night, the worst fog I’ve ever seen rolled into town! I could not see more than 5-10 feet in front of me. This shot is what I woke up to…

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And this is when I retrieved my tripod from the car…

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So I went back to bed and slept in….   🙂

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I had been watching the weather and radar all week and that night. It was beautiful the day before and it did turn out to be a beautiful day the next (only a little bit of fog as you can see above). Regardless of not getting my eclipse shot, the trip was awesome. It was a peaceful retreat away from the city and I would definitely go again! 🙂

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Almost to the summit of Mt. Chocuoura, part of the White Mountain range in New Hampshire. There were amazing views, which were soooo worth the hike/climb 🙂 these photos were also both taken with an iPhone!
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Cabin Fever

It’s March…winter has been here in Boston for a while now…and I’m starting to get the feeling of the walls moving closer, the air inside seems more and more stale, and everything has been mostly white and grey for the past few months. Cabin fever, seasonal depression, winter blues, call it what you want…it blows. (It could also be because I live and work in the city and miss the scenery of rural-ish New Hampshire)

So, to get out a bit, maybe see some green, I thought some winter hiking would be a good idea, maybe some picture taking (always cheers me up 🙂 )…but ending up getting lost…alone…I know, not very smart….it was only supposed to be a small “hill”, but it was too steep for my fitness level (aka no level post-holiday/new years/superbowl/etc…). Well here’s a little bit of what my day looked like….(Blue Hills Reservation: Buck Hill: Skyline Trail)

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Of course, I was trying to get away from the concrete jungle (boston)…but from the summit of the “hill”, you can’t get away from it, its still there!
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Well, that’s pretty much it! Until next post…Happy Wednesday!