Sunayana, Vasudev and I went back up to Cunningham Falls and Hunt Lake up in Frederick County on Sunday, March 25th. The falls are a short hike from the Lake, and we hiked up the shorter lower trail and returned by the tougher Cliff trail. We took a picnic lunch which we ate by Hunt Lake – it’s still early in the season, so there were very few people around, which was nice. I understand that it gets crowded during the summer.

Hunt creek is a clear, cold trout stream, which means that the water is of very high quality (The trout love the cold, in fact, they’d die if the stream temperature went above 68 degrees). The white sand beach out there is really fun. I had the OM-1 with a Vivitar Series 1 28-90mm lens, and a Quantaray 28mm f/2.8 that I received unexpectedly as part of a bundle of equipment I had purchased a while ago. I also had the Ricoh 500G Rangefinder.

A note on filters –
# I used a Hoya polarizer on the Vivitar Series 1 28-90mm, which got reid of the reflections and darkended the sky on the lake photographs, but the vignetting is apparent at the wide angle end. The 28-90mm Vivitar is a Komine made lens, and is a superb optic.
# Although the trees havent yet leafed out, the mosses growing on the rocks, and in the stream and the natural greenish gray rocks themselves are reflecting enough green light to cause a green tinge in the woodland photos with the Quantaray 28mm. I thought the Skylight 1a filter with its pale rose would be enough to counter the green tinge so early in the season, but I was wrong. It seems that a CC20 or CC30 filter is needed.

Ricoh 500G
Ricoh 500G

Photographed with a Ricoh 500G rangefinder, 1/250 second at f/16 on Fujicolor 200 HQ Super film


OM-1, 28-90mm at 90mm
OM-1, 28-90mm at 28mm

Photographed with an Olympus OM-1, Vivitar Series 1 28-90mm f/2.8-3.6 lens, 1/250 second at f/11 on Fujicolor 200 HQ Super film and Hoya Polarizer. Note the vignetting due to the Polarizer on the shots at 28mm.


OM-1, Quantaray 28mm f/2.8
OM-1, Quantaray 28mm f/2.8
OM-1, Quantaray 28mm f/2.8
OM-1, Quantaray 28mm f/2.8

Photographed with an Olympus OM-1, Quantaray 28mm f/2.8 lens at 1/250 second at f/16 (exposed for middle range) with Skylight 1A filter on Fujicolor 200 HQ Super film. An f/11 aperture or wider would have probably been better for capturing the details in the shadows.

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