My trip to the Us west coast (pics heavy)

jo45800

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Hi Everyone,

Long time I didn't post anything here.
In October I went with a friend visit the west coast:

Duration: 2 weeks
Where: California, Arizona, Utah, Nevada

How:

- Flight: Montréal to San Francisco, San Francisco to Las Vegas, Las Vegas to Montréal
- Car: Road Trip to Yosemite from san Francisco, Road trip around Las vegas (total of 2480 Miles by car)

Parks/sites visited:

- Yosemite national park
- Mariposa Grove
- Zion national park
- Bryce Canyon national park
- Arches national park
- Canyonlands national park
- Monument Valley
- Horseshoe bend
- Antelope Canyon
- Grand Canyon

Gear: Olympus E-p5, zuiko 17 1.8, PL 25, 9-18, 75, 75-300

If you are interested by the costs or for more infos: http://nouvellonphotography.com/blog/2014/11/5/my-trip-to-the-us-west-coast

I took a lot of pictures so I will show you my favorites in different parts: (Critics are welcome :drinks: )

Part 1 California ( San Francisco, Yosemite):

We only stayed a day or two in San Francisco and I didn’t take a lot of pictures. Then we went for two days at Yosemite. Unfortunately because of the drought In California, there was no water in Yosemite.
(no lake, etc..)

San Francisco:

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Yosemite:

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Those are really great shots. I thought I'd say which one I liked the best, but I couldn't decide. I may like the black and white one with the single tree in the lower right best, but several of the color ones are superb. great job.
 

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Great post . . .

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. . . dp
 

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Part 2: Zion national park, Utah

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Part III: Bryce Canyon, Arches, Archway, Horseshoe bend, Antelope Canyon, Monument Valley

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two more:

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WOW! You have some skill in these scenery/landscape shots! I took a similar West Coast trip... I went to a few of the same places... But, looking at your captures, I'm impressed by your results! Do you shoot raw? Frequently use a tripod? I have never pumped as much out of my Oly 17 as your Milky Way shot! Can you comment on the setup for that shot?

Take a look at my trip if you care to:
http://oneworldtraveltour.smugmug.com/The-Road-West

Jayme, Bellingham
 

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Thank you for your comment, yes I always shoot in raw, I hate tripod so I only use them when the Olympus IBIS is not enough (star trail, sunrise or sunset). Even for some hdr pictures most of the time I take advantages of the IBIS. For the milky way, I have indeed push the raw file to the limit, I don’t say it’s perfect because It’s my second or third time trying to catch a good milky way picture.
For the Milky Way picture I stayed at the Golding lodge near the entrance of Monument Valley, It’s pretty dark out there except for a road down the rock formation (that’s why the rock is so bright, “lights car”).

My setup was ep5 on a tripod with the 17mm set on manual, the focus ring on infinity as you can’t focus peak in the dark. Then I tried different settings, usually it’s between f1.8 and f2.2, iso 1600 or 3200 and no more than 13s (there is a math formulas if you want to know the max exposure time you can allow depending on your focal length before the stars start to move).

For post processing, it’s a lot of curves, and highlights slider. I will try to post my LR preset and write a post about it on my blog.

By the way I took a look at your pictures and you have some really good one also!
 

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Great work. Fantastic trip...you hit many of my favorite spots I've visited. The panning shots of the trolleys are excellent.
Thanks, it was not easy for the panning, I think I tried at least 10 times for each pictures.
 

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These are fantastic photos! I'm glad you were able to go to Baker beach at the golden gate and not have nude bathers all over the rocks! That ruined some of my shots there, but I'll never forget it... Lol
 

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These are fantastic photos! I'm glad you were able to go to Baker beach at the golden gate and not have nude bathers all over the rocks! That ruined some of my shots there, but I'll never forget it... Lol
Thanks! that's funny because there was an old naked man that I didn't see. I was shooting pictures and then the man just kept coming in front of my camera...
 
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