Back from a week’s vacation in Hawaii with my wife. We spent some time on the North Shore, where the waves and the surfers (setting up for a World Cup event at the weekend) were both fun to watch. Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay and the botanical gardens at Waimea Valley were other highlights. Not really a photo trip, but I shot some images I’m quite pleased with using the Sony RX100 II.
The far north of Canada was in the news today, with the opening of a road (unpaved, there are limits to even the Canadian government’s largesse) between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk. The closest I’ve gotten to these outposts is Tombstone Provincial Park, which is near the start of the (also unpaved) Dempster highway that leads across the arctic circle up to Inuvik. It’s truly spectacular country!
(For a glimpse of the Dempster, check out my brother’s timelapse viseo. No gimbals or fancy mounting equipment here, this is reversed footage from a hacked Canon compact strapped to the rear spoiler of our rental car!)
Looking back at images from a late summer visit in 2012 to the Mount Hood wilderness. I have fond memories of this trip. We hiked from the Timberline Lodge across Zigzag canyon to reach the meadows in the Paradise Park area. The wildflower display there was the best I’ve ever seen.
Hiking back to the lodge the sunset light on Mount Hood was good.
After main years of being closed due to a washout, the Timberline trail that circumnavigates the mountain is now open again. It’s a tempting prospect!
Upper Muley Twist is my favorite hike in Capitol Reef National Park. I’ve done it three times now, most recently earlier this year with my brother. The video is a mix of Canon 5D3, Sony RX100 II and DJI Osmo shots. Some color balance issues aside, the Osmo really worked remarkably well despite my almost complete lack of practice ahead of time!
Update: I’ve put up a new Capitol Reef hiking page, with images from three or four trips over the years that I’d never gotten around to processing. There are still hikes in the park I haven’t done, including Hall Creek Narrows (though that’s tough to reach on a day hike) and the slot canyons on the east side.
Process of an old slide from 2004… dawn light at Chasm Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. Sunrise didn’t happen on a return trip with digital equipment, so for now this is the best capture I have of the magical scene.
Experimenting with monochrome versions of images from the Namib desert and Death Valley. Cropped of the sky, sand dunes lend themselves to somewhat abstract and highly textured images, and I think these ones work better in black and white than in color.
Looking back through the catalog of Namibia photos, trying to find images that better capture some of the vastness and barren beauty of the place. These four are from the Namib desert.
Took a short break last week with my brother to go hiking in Utah. We based ourselves out of Torrey and Boulder, exploring a few of the canyons in Capitol Reef and the Box-Death Hollow wilderness. I rented a Fuji GFX 50S medium format camera for the trip, and shot a mixture of stills and video (the latter with my usual Canon 5D3, supplemented with a DJI Osmo gimbal). More about all that gear later, but the short version is that it was tremendous fun and, although I’m not yet a convert to mirrorless, I’m open to being proselytized! For now a few images from the trip, all captured using the Fuji with a 63mm f/2.8 lens.