Schafer State Park Camping

Kristen and I were finally able to go camping together after her first trimester had us cancel a few of our trips earlier in the summer. We chose Schafer State Park mostly because we hadn’t been there before. A friend let me borrow his DSLR camera. I’d like to get one at some point so I thought this would be a good opportunity to learn a little more about photography. That’s what this post will be about mostly, the photos that I took that didn’t suck (which were few). The camping trip was awesome as well. Much needed.

A little dark perhaps but I like the light in the background.

A little dark perhaps but I like the light in the background.

We played some washers, it was kind of cool how chipped the paint (actually nail polish) is on them.

We played some washers, it was kind of cool how chipped the paint (actually nail polish) is on them.

A water spigot, nothing special.

A water spigot, nothing special.

Site #22 is a pretty nice open site, it had a mossy log in front of it.

Site #22 is a pretty nice open site, it had a mossy log in front of it.

Had a lot of hammock time this weekend. This shot had the Red Stripe bottle the most in focus lol.

Had a lot of hammock time this weekend. This shot had the Red Stripe bottle the most in focus lol.

Sunglasses hanging from the ridgeline. I like the reflection in the lense and the angle of the ridgeline coming across the frame.

Sunglasses hanging from the ridgeline. I like the reflection in the lense and the angle of the ridgeline coming across the frame.

Wanted to try this out, it didn't turn out the best but I'm not completely unhappy with it.

Wanted to try this out, it didn’t turn out the best but I’m not completely unhappy with it.

Just a sign blocking a burn pile back there.

Just a sign blocking a burn pile back there.

Kristen napped so I explored some paths leading to the river. Not sure why this little fence was here but it was cool. Left the grass in front to see how it turned out.

Kristen napped so I explored some paths leading to the river. Not sure why this little fence was here but it was cool. Left the grass in front to see how it turned out.

I don't know why but I like shots of moss.

I don’t know why but I like shots of moss.

And shots with a long perspective like this.

And shots with a long perspective like this.

Some scaring on a moss-covered tree. I wonder what caused it.

Some scaring on a moss-covered tree. I wonder what caused it.

The light was pretty good for these berries I thought.

The light was pretty good for these berries I thought.

I wish the background was more faded out but this was the best I could get it.

I wish the background was more faded out but this was the best I could get it.

Nothing special here just focusing on blades of grass. This was an experimentation process after all!

Nothing special here just focusing on blades of grass. This was an experimentation process after all!

Tried a couple of the flowing water shots with a longer shutter, this one turned out alright. I wish there were some proper falls nearby to try some more.

Tried a couple of the flowing water shots with a longer shutter, this one turned out alright. I wish there were some proper falls nearby to try some more.

I didn't have a bottle opener and ended up breaking the neck of the bottle off with the cap, so I had to use a straw from Kristen's water bottle to drink it. We found a pretty cool spot along the river where someone had set up cairns and it ended up being a pretty fun shot.

I didn’t have a bottle opener and ended up breaking the neck of the bottle off with the cap, so I had to use a straw from Kristen’s water bottle to drink it. We found a pretty cool spot along the river where someone had set up cairns and it ended up being a pretty fun shot.

I like how this turned out, I just wish the book was something less pregnancy related haha!

I like how this turned out, I just wish the book was something less pregnancy related haha!

The Kraken! And some fire. Two beautiful things.

The Kraken! And some fire. Two beautiful things.

Same shot just with the fire to the side. I took quite a few of these, some of the others were pretty neat too.

Same shot just with the fire to the side. I took quite a few of these, some of the others were pretty neat too.

We had some good food this weekend, and I got a few shots of it.

We had some good food this weekend, and I got a few shots of it.

Kristen checking the underside of the french toast. I like the perspective of everything.

Kristen checking the underside of the french toast. I like the perspective of everything.

I actually stood on the table to get this, I thought it was neat although about three of them had my feet in the frame because I wasn't thinking, whoops!

I actually stood on the table to get this, I thought it was neat although about three of them had my feet in the frame because I wasn’t thinking, whoops!

Yum! So much syrup I love it.

Yum! So much syrup I love it.

Kristen enjoying her french toast!

Kristen enjoying her french toast!

And orange juice.

And orange juice.

Light wasn't the best this weekend (it was super super sunny out), this profile turned out alright I think.

Light wasn’t the best this weekend (it was super super sunny out), this profile turned out alright I think.

We had BLTs too! The colors are great here I think.

We had BLTs too! The colors are great here I think.

Kristen took this shot, either on auto or with me trying to help her figure it out. I had to get at least one shot of me in here!

Kristen took this shot, either on auto or with me trying to help her figure it out. I had to get at least one shot of me in here!

Fire's pretty hard to get to look really nice.

Fire’s pretty hard to get to look really nice.

But I took a few anyway.

But I took a few anyway.

It would have been awesome to figure out how to get this shot to turn out spectacular, and this scene was actually staged, but she only wanted to do it once so this is what I was left with. Not great but fun!

It would have been awesome to figure out how to get this shot to turn out spectacular, and this scene was actually staged, but she only wanted to do it once so this is what I was left with. Not great but fun!