Back from California, full of new images

There it is, I’m back from my trip in California.

As a reminder, here is my rough planed itinerary. I hit every located but for Joshua Tree, and added a few on the road:

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I’m very happy that I got to visit so many iconic places that were shot by amazing artists such as Ansel Adams, and sad at the same time that I could not keep going, and did not have enough time to swing by some places I really wanted to go, such as Kings Canyon NP, Sequoia NP, Pinnacles NP and so many more.

For those of you who did not follow my trip on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you’ll find bellow some of the behind the scenes images:

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In the airport waiting to board the plane to Las Vegas, NV.10556437_10152600727723485_7248009828693195371_n

Finally Las Vegas, baby! πŸ™‚10487313_10152602893223485_3736478368378318548_nUnder the blazing sun in Death Valley NP, probably the hottest place in the Parc: Devil’s Golfcourse (125F/52C). Hard on the cameras!

10599500_10152605314918485_2595824104220014100_nMono Lake area: gorgeous place and skies, perfect for long exposure!

10537386_10152606292543485_8825312066160115185_nSunrise on Mono Lake. A very early start of the day, but the wonderful colors and clouds made it all worth it πŸ™‚

10014539_10152606232013485_4232817371124794983_nAnd did I tell you about the tufas? They are incredible rock formations sticking out of the lake. Very surreal, feels like you just landed on a wild uninhabited planet.

10306552_10152606658318485_2792756942413484067_nA little later in the morning. Colors are so as nice, but still. What a dream for landscape photographers!

10599227_10152610837008485_3730984380069454479_nΒ  Bodie Ghost town near Mono Lake. a rough and long drive to get there, but very cool material for nice photography.

10583972_10152611909338485_1072964833468490978_nYosemite at last! Feels like being in Ansel Adam’s path. Very inspiring and humbling… how could you do better than him? πŸ™‚

10534092_10152612013173485_5061974192059941879_nView of the half dome from Glacier Point. So high, so nice!!

10369984_10152610863288485_380645085482201297_nA very nice lake after a tiring hike. The rest was welcome, and long exposure gives plenty of time for rest πŸ™‚

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The famous Rat’s Island in China Camp near San Francisco. My second time here, and I just HAD to go back…

1609752_10152615515098485_6823114523591059489_nFound a few nice poles off a beach in Sausalito. Interesting experience: clamping the tripod down to avoid the waves from sweeping it away.

10615559_10152619942863485_5984643549050641413_nOff from SF, heading South, you’ll find this great place: Pigeon Point lighthouse. Some very nice angles. Can’t wait to process these images!

10614361_10152622233093485_8759896559569613004_nShipwreck and pier shooting near Santa Cruz CA. This boat was madeΒ  of concrete in the 1940s because wood was getting rare.. Can you imagine that: a concrete boat!

11294_10152624196453485_1353950726242694036_nBig Sur, CA, after whale watching 24 mm tilt shift on @Sony #A7r, 4 minute exposures, 2 pictures that I will stitch in PP. Can you guys see the waterfall illuminated by the sunset?Β  πŸ˜‰

10606320_10152624550768485_864807398192758664_nMore pier shooting!! San Simeon CA. Doing panoramic photographs using the 24mm tilt shift.

10559791_10152624961968485_5756207432212015102_nAvila Beach CA. Some clouds, a nice life guard station and a sunset

10013617_10152626246403485_4602424592896322134_nThere are so many piers in California… a dream come true for photographers! πŸ™‚

10577095_10152626884123485_3982820803987515772_nΒ Β  Sunset on the Santa Barbara pier, CA.

Now for those intrigued by the cloth I wrapped the camera with, the reason is to prevent light leakage on the sides of the camera because I use Tilt/Shift lenses. Those are very special kinds of lenses that can be moved in all sorts of directions to prevent distortion due to pointing up or down, and also allow to do some stitching more easily.

During that trip, I had the occasion to use the new @Sony #A7r camera, as well as the new @Formatt-Hitech filter called Firecrest. I will soon make a couple small reviews on them, pointing out what I liked (or not) about them.

So stay in touch!

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