One of our favorite places in the Monterey area is Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. We’ve been there a couple times before but still had areas we hadn’t been to. It’s a little difficult to plan exactly what we would see since parking can be hard to come by. We need to start our hike wherever we’re able to park.
This time, we revisited part we had seen before but also got to explore some new areas.
One of the intriguing features of the MD 35-70mm f/3.5 lens is a macro mode. I tested it a few times before our trip and wanted to try it on our trip, in the wild, as it were.
As I mentioned when I first got this lens, it is not truly macro since its 2 magnification options are 1:4 and 1:7. I don’t fully understand the technical aspects, but based on some of my research, a true macro ratio is 1:1 or 1:2 magnification at most. But still a fun option.
Focusing a macro lens is difficult because the area that is in focus is small. Doing so outside on a windy day increases the difficulty.
I used it with better success the day before in Pacific Grove when I took a couple pictures of shells which were stable in the sand.
I had more mixed results in Point Lobos.
I finished the roll of Color Plus, and we still had some hiking ahead of us. I decided to switch to a roll of Ilford HP5 Plus. It was a cloudy day so the black and white photos captured a certain mood.
I also took a handful of macro shots with the Ilford.
As someone who sometimes takes weeks to finish a roll of film, I was thrilled to be shooting so much in a short period of time.
- 2023 California Flickr Album
- Downtown LA with My Rollei Giro 105
- Downtown LA with My Minolta X-700
- 2023 California Vacation Part 1
- 2023 California Vacation Part 2
- Point Lobos in Color and B&W
- 2023 California Vacation Part 3
- Garland Ranch Regional Park with My Minolta X-700
- Monterey and Cannery Row Photos
- 2023 California Vacation Part 4
- Carmel River State Beach with my Minolta X-700
- 2023 California Vacation Part 5