Another weekend, another trip to take some photos! This time I visited nearby Hearne, Texas to climb up Sugarloaf Mountain! It wasn't really a mountain, but it's the closest thing we could get in close proximity. Again, I was really excited to get practice in a discipline of photography I usually don't practice, this time it was landscape photography. I had some new toys too!
Specifically, the classic Canon AE-1. And 3 FD Lenses. I shot on Kodak Ektar 100, one of my absolute favorite films right behind Kodak Portra 160 and Fuji 400h\H. I haven't gotten the film developed yet, and I am extremely excited for when I can send it off and see the final product! You can absolutely expect to see another blog post detailing my analog adventures in the near future! For now though, it is 5D time!
You get to Sugarloaf on a dirt road only slightly removed from the main highway that passes through Hearne, once you're on the dirt road it barely takes any time at all until you're at the entrance. I went the day prior to valentines day with some friends, and there was a massive line of cars parked on the side of the dirt road, so we parked there. The entrance to the trail that leads up the mountain is unmarked, so we walked by it and wound up at this really neat bridge with some bamboo nearby, walking over the bridge there is just an expanse of farmland. Realizing our mistake, we doubled back and found the REAL entrance to Sugarloaf and started our way up.
The trek up did not take that much time at all, but it felt longer with 2 cameras and a backpack strapped to you. Nonetheless it was breathtaking. I hadn't been able to admire such wonderful landscapes since I lived in Minnesota with hills everywhere giving you a better view. It's a different story in Texas, it's extremely flat here, so any elevation gives you a wonderful view. I absolutely loved the different perspective being a few hundred feet higher than normal enabled me to have, and I can't wait to go back and try some more landscape photography. I threw together an album of my favorite shots I took at Sugarloaf, and you can find it below.
All shot on the Canon 5D Mark 3. Developed in Adobe Lightroom.