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:
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:
In the airport waiting to board the plane to Las Vegas, NV.
Finally Las Vegas, baby! 🙂Under the blazing sun in Death Valley NP, probably the hottest place in the Parc: Devil’s Golfcourse (125F/52C). Hard on the cameras!
Mono Lake area: gorgeous place and skies, perfect for long exposure!
Sunrise on Mono Lake. A very early start of the day, but the wonderful colors and clouds made it all worth it 🙂
And 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.
A little later in the morning. Colors are so as nice, but still. What a dream for landscape photographers!
Bodie Ghost town near Mono Lake. a rough and long drive to get there, but very cool material for nice photography.
Yosemite at last! Feels like being in Ansel Adam’s path. Very inspiring and humbling… how could you do better than him? 🙂
View of the half dome from Glacier Point. So high, so nice!!
A very nice lake after a tiring hike. The rest was welcome, and long exposure gives plenty of time for rest 🙂
The famous Rat’s Island in China Camp near San Francisco. My second time here, and I just HAD to go back…
Found a few nice poles off a beach in Sausalito. Interesting experience: clamping the tripod down to avoid the waves from sweeping it away.
Off from SF, heading South, you’ll find this great place: Pigeon Point lighthouse. Some very nice angles. Can’t wait to process these images!
Shipwreck and pier shooting near Santa Cruz CA. This boat was made of concrete in the 1940s because wood was getting rare.. Can you imagine that: a concrete boat!
Big 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? 😉
More pier shooting!! San Simeon CA. Doing panoramic photographs using the 24mm tilt shift.
Avila Beach CA. Some clouds, a nice life guard station and a sunset
There are so many piers in California… a dream come true for photographers! 🙂
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!