Yosemite high country + GF1 and 9-18mm (pics)

Locster

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I took my buddies on their first multi-day backpacking trip last weekend. It's not only important to take photos of a trip like this but to come back with some crazy stories for the ladies. We came back with enough stories for a book, lol. They wanted to kill me the entire time but I know they had fun and hopefully got bit by the backcountry bug :biggrin:

We started at White Wolf and hiked through the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne for 3.5 days and roughly 33mi. In previous trips I used a Canon SLR but this was my first time with a m43 camera, the GF1 + 9-18mm combo. It saved lot of weight and kept me in line with the ultralight philosophy (debatable since I had a tripod and 2 extra lenses :wink:)).

Snapshots here: Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne 2010 - a set on Flickr

The album for the previews below can be found here:
Tuolumne Favorites - a set on Flickr

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Yours truly marveling at the sunrise

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Early morning shot from the bridge at Glen Aulin to Tuolumne Meadows.

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Sunset just outside Glen Aulin

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I'm not sure if this is even a good picture but the longer I look at it the more it appeals to me. This was taken on the climb to Le Conte Falls.

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This is a stitched panoramic of Waterwheel Falls (I think). The great thing about panos is you can get so much in a scene to give viewers some context to just how beautiful the place is. The problem is it shrinks even huge waterwheeling waterfalls into something mild.

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Stitched pano. The great thing about this hike is seeing how the Tuolumne River takes on different forms.

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Another stitched pano. Taken at the top of the Muir Gorge, what a climb!
 

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Well, I'm sure....they are all nice but the B&W is stunning. It reminds me of the very early work by Sullivan......outstanding....!
 

Boyzo

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Great work Locster....

Very nicely done colour and composition are tops

Excellent Panos too
 

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Very nice work. The images really convey the natural unspoiled beauty where you hiked. Definitely an enticement for someone to visit the area.
 

Brian Mosley

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Fantastic! Thanks for sharing these look teriffic...

Well done, and welcome here :2thumbs:

Brian
 

Locster

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Thanks everyone! Hopefully the photos inspire some to hike out a few miles and see something different.

Overall I'm very pleased with the GF1 as a backpacking camera. My other one is a 5D MkII and it's a Cadillac in terms of image quality and dynamic range. The GF1 is no slouch and produces great photos but I did miss some of that full framed goodness with an Olympus 21mm f/3.5.

What I didn't miss were tired legs and aching feet from muling a big SLR and lenses. I had a lot more motivation to take snapshots of friends and general scenery because the camera hung so lightly off my neck. I was able to hike faster and longer in the day with less effort and that's really my first priority. When I give the John Muir Trail a 2nd try next summer I intend to finish :)
 

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These are incredible Locster! Images like this is what sells the camera- although I realise 98 percent of the capture is determined by the person behind the camera. You've done a great job.
Really inspires me now to learn and give stitching a go.

Thanks for showing them.
 

Darell Miller

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The B&W shot is fantastic! If I can bring back pictures form Cornwall in three weeks time that are half as good as these I'd be very happy.
 

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Hey - is the B&W not one of those long lost Ansel Adams shots... :rolleyes:

But really, a very nice group of photographs. A pleasure to view. I bet they will look great as prints.

Overall I'm very pleased with the GF1 as a backpacking camera. My other one is a 5D MkII and it's a Cadillac in terms of image quality and dynamic range. The GF1 is no slouch and produces great photos but I did miss some of that full framed goodness with an Olympus 21mm f/3.5.
Similar to my experience. My 5D produces images which are simply incredibly rich. But I feel I now have a balanced kit, with the GF1 offering more opportunities because it's easier to carry.

Thanks for sharing.
 

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