Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Assignments: April 2013, The National Parks
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Location: Lassen Volcanic National Park at Lake Manzanita
Equipment: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 24-105mm ƒ/2.8 L IS, Manfrotto tripod and ballhead, cable release
Lake Manzanita is one of my favorite locations within Lassen Volcanic National Park. Even if I'm not photographing, I enjoy walking around the lake in the late evenings, especially in the late autumn when there are far less tourists. The fishing boats are gone from the lake, and watching the fading light on Mount Lassen in its mirror reflection is a good way to relax after a long day of hiking.
Location: Grand Canyon, North Rim, the Wedding Chapel area at Cape Royal
Equipment: Canon EOS Rebel 3Ti, Canon EF-S 18-55mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 IS, Bogen model 3021 tripod with model 3025 head
Last year, I managed to get my youngest son—now in high school and way too busy for Dad most of the time!—out to Arizona with me for a few weeks. We took a long weekend trip up to the North Rim, where I grew up as a kid while my father worked for the National Park Service as a park naturalist. As usual, getting away from the crowds and the "easy" viewpoints is always rewarding anywhere you travel in parks and natural areas. We had left the main viewpoint and walked over to the Wedding Chapel area and had this beautiful view of the sun illuminating Cape Royal, while thunderstorms flashed and rained across the canyon on the eastern South Rim. Spectacular evening, and one of many wonderful memories created that summer with my son.
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, near the trailhead to Barker Dam
Equipment: Nikon D7000, Nikkor 18-200mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 VR, Gitzo GT2541 tripod, Velbon PH-263QL ballhead
My wife and I were exploring Joshua Tree National Park, and we were walking back from taking pictures at Barker Dam. The sun was setting, and we wanted to drive to a spot with a better view. On the way back to the parking lot, we spotted some sheep feeding and meandering along a path that would clearly intersect us. The male spotted us and stopped to watch to see what we would do. Meanwhile, this small flock kept marching slowly. I swung my camera into shooting position and took a couple of frames. I moved closer for a better shot and approached slowly. But, I must have gotten too close, and they abruptly ran away. I jogged down to their trail, but they were nowhere to be seen. So, we continued our walk to the car. When we got to the parking area, another family was excitedly pointing and taking pictures of a hill. I looked up, only to discover that on that hill was the flock of sheep I had inadvertently scared. Clearly, they went to higher ground. The sun was now setting beautifully behind the hill, so I quickly set up my camera and tripod. I took a few pictures, especially looking for a shot where the animals had separation and the horns were clearly outlined.
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