My son, Joseph, has contributed to 2 Guys Photo in the past (see here). He is a fervent Fujifilm X100s shooter, able to squeeze great versatility out of its (to me) limiting persona.
He’s studying in Europe this year and during the winter break, he and I set out for a photo walk at a nearby wildlife sanctuary. Propelled by caution and comfort, my own prior treks to the site led me on a well known and easy to follow peripheral path, across familiar paths and boardwalks, in circular fashion, right back to the car. On this particular day, as the skies threatened rain, we set out to discover new scenery. Lost in conversation — this always happens with the two of us (we had a lot of catching up to do) — we came off the known way and found new and different paths. It was exciting, even though rain drops started to lightly fall. I myself had a faint sense of worry; this was not the right way… where is the visitor center from here?
At one point, we stopped at this particular spot. Joey planted his X100s on a tripod, switched to neutral density mode and set up the scene. In 30 minutes, I took 25 images in the same spot. He grabbed maybe 3 or 4.
Eventually, we acknowledged what we both knew: we were lost.
So, we tried to use the mapping feature on our smartphones and estimated where precisely the parking lot was from where we stood. We estimated. And the rain started to fall more forcefully.
We wandered for a while. For a long while, actually. At times, my instinct was to bear left, his was to go right. We disagreed but compromised. Finally, we saw another hiker on the trail. With a heavy Eastern European accent, she offered her own sense of the way back. It clashed with our own, but we obliged.
And we found our way out.